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Tropical Theme Party Ideas

Updated on August 6, 2013

Puerto Rico & Caribbean Tropical Party

If you are dreaming about being in the tropics as the weather warms up, then transport yourself with a Tropical Caribbean Themed Party! A tropical theme party is perfect for many events including bachelorette parties, weddings, adult or child birthday parties, or just a great friends get together to bring warm thoughts to mind on those cold fall and winter days.

Read on for recipes, decorating ideas & more for a Puerto Rican-Caribbean inspired tropical party that will transport you and your guests to the tropics.

Photography by Nuestra Herencia Co.

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no party is complete without great music!

To set the tone for your party, music is a must. Find a few music tracks in your MP3, or purchase at least a few albums with Caribbean inspired or Puerto Rican music. You can always add some of your guests favorite songs in among the tropical songs, but be sure that at least for welcoming your guests and during any more quiet times, such as dinner, or end of the party, you play more of your tropical themed music. It will make the event more memorable.

Transport Yourself To The Caribbean! - nothing gets us into the tropical mood more than music...

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Caribbean themed party!

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Tropical Party Invitations

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A beautiful invitation sets the tone for a party. There is a wide variety from whimsical to elegant. When you take the time to find a beautiful invitation, your guests will feel honored that you took such attention to detail and in addition, will see the party as a "no miss" party vs. "the normal everyday get together". There are hundreds of tropical invitations to choose from. We have picked our top favorite invitations which can be used for any type of tropical party...a birthday, a pool party, a housewarming, even an intimate wedding.

Caribbean Tropical Attire

Nothing says Puerto Rico or Caribbean tropical like the classic "Guayabera" shirt. When hosting a tropical party, considering your attire is a sure way to setting the ambiance. In addition, you will be part of the decoration! Imagine greeting your guests in these great guayaberas. Depending on the tone of your party, an all white dress in cotton or linen is a great way to set the mood for a more elegant and classy party. If you are looking for a more fun and whimsical party, then shorts, colorful polos or camp shirts and floral dresses/shirts for the women are the perfect attire. You will not be throwing out the money on decorations that you might never use again, but instead will have a new article of clothing for your next party or vacation!

Tropical Party Décor

When it comes to decorating your party the most important thing to remember is that everything truly must match your theme in some way. If it is not tropical, then it must be neutral or basic...such as the basic white tablecloth below. By having non-disposable party decorations, the party will make you look like a professional party planner, and in addition, because you will be able to reuse many of the items, you will save money in the long run. You've never seen a professional party planner use only paper decorations, have you?

To decorate your buffet table and any other tables, use a basic white tablecloth. If you do not have white, although preferred, use any solid color/non-patterned tablecloth to match your invitations, etc. You can then throw just a few seashells on top or to make it even more interesting, throw a fishing net over the tablecloth and then throw the seashells or starfish on top. Candles in any color (check your house, you might have some you can use), will definitely give the tables a very elegant look. Also, fabric tropical leaves can be placed peeking from underneath the food trays, this will give your buffet or food tables a very polished and professional look.

Postcards From The Caribbean

An inexpensive way to decorate your party is with postcards. Purchase a few postcards and toss on tables, or add to picture frames to give your room a tropical feel and you can even customize them and use them as invitations for your party!

5 Money Saving Tips

  • Invest in good quality white basic tablecloths. A basic white tablecloth can be used for every type of party from formal, to child's birthday, to holidays, even a tropical party!

  • Go room by room in your house and find anything that is related to the tropics. It could be a flower, a plant, a lamp, seashells from your last trip, or even a suitcase!

  • Go through all your music and find any music that is tropical.

  • Have candles? Get them too! Candles are a beautiful and inexpensive way to set the tone for a classy party.
  • Buy items that you absolutely love to decorate. Once the party is over, you can use them in your home and in other parties for years to come.

Table Setting & Cutlery

Although many think of "pink, orange, red, yellow, bright greens, blues, etc" when thinking of tropical, the fact is that not all tropical parties or décor must be so colorful. Sometimes, less colors makes for an elegant party without spending much money. If you want a more colorful event, use bright colors as accents in candles, flowers, fresh fruit instead, etc. In addition, by keeping your purchases which can be reused neutral, you will ensure that they can be used for many years to come or just around the house in the summer time!

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Tropical Food & Beverage

The food for your party should as much as possible match your theme. For a Puerto Rican party getting some "authentic Puerto Rican coffee" is a detail that your guests will definitely remember. A soda, a cake, candies, etc...anything related to the tropics coconuts, mangoes, pineapple, rum cakes, etc) will definitely give your party a very nice and unexpected touch. You don't have to go out of your way, although in this situation, yes, more is better...but plan to have at least a few items whether homemade or store bought for your guests to enjoy.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces of "Coco Lopez" ® Cream of Coconut
  • 2 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1 ounce Don Q Gold (optional)
  • 1 cup of ice

Instructions

  1. Mix in blender until smooth
  2. Optional - serve chilled with pineapple wedge and/or cherry.
Cast your vote for Piña Colada Recipe

Serving Size

Serves: 6

Puerto Rican Chicken Kabobs Recipe - know as "chicken pinchos" in Puerto Rico

  • 8 garlic cloves
  • peeled & mashed
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried or fresh oregano
  • 8 skinless
  • boneless chicken thighs (about 1-1/4 pounds total)

Instructions

  1. Marinade - combine garlic, olive oil, oregano, salt & pepper; mix well. Cut chicken into squares, about 2" each. Place chicken in a covered bowl and add marinade. Chill for 2 to 12 hours.
  2. Making Kabobs - place kabob sticks in sink or other water recipient until fully covered in water. Leave in water about 20 minutes. Remove sticks from water and thread chicken onto wooden skewers. Leave about 1/2" between pieces of chicken to ensure thorough cooking.
  3. Grilling - grill kabobs on an uncovered grill directly over medium coals for 5 minutes. If desired, brush chicken with leftover marinade while grilling. Grill for 7 to 10 minutes more or until chicken is tender and no longer pink. Serve with a slice of French bread, pineapple or mango, if desired.

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      MzLiz_dot_Biz 5 years ago

      I live in SoCal, so a tropics party is a great idea. I'm going to head to the 99cent Only store to see what Luau decorations they may to inspire me further.

      Thanks for the thorough lens!

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      biminibahamas 5 years ago

      Great ideas, I am getting inspired!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wow really amazing lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm homesick for the beach now.

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      straw-hut 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens. Thanks!! Good ideas. I like the fish net over a tablecloth with sea shells.

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      gravityx9 5 years ago

      ALOHA!

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      RitaDern 6 years ago

      I just copied the Pina Colada drink recipe . Enjoyed the lens! Thanks

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      RecipePublishing 6 years ago

      Nice treats.

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      nuestraherencia 6 years ago

      @JoshK47: Thanks!

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      Awesome idea! Very tastefully presented. Great work!

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      nuestraherencia 6 years ago

      @Ilonagarden: Thank you! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Ilona E 6 years ago from Ohio

      I love your lenses- what great ideas and so well presented!

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      nuestraherencia 6 years ago

      Thank you so much squidangel! Glad you enjoyed it!

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      justholidays 6 years ago

      Wow! What a fantastic page to give me ideas on how to throw a tropical party! Thanks a lot for sharing.

      Blessed by a passing angel on Squidoo.

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      nuestraherencia 6 years ago

      Thanks for the comments! I'm glad it brought the tropics to your mind...

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This reminds me of the tropical winds and the fact that I need a tropical vacation break.

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      Tarra99 6 years ago

      this lens makes me long for summer!

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      Dinostore 6 years ago

      Fantastic choice of products!

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      UKGhostwriter 6 years ago

      Fantastic lens - I'm inspired!

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      Cheryl_Daniels 6 years ago

      ANOTHER beautiful lens!!!! Great job, Nancy :)) Cheryl

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      Pastimedesigns 6 years ago

      Your lens is awesome. You've really worked hard on it. Congratulations. Also, thanks for showing my beach scene card.

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      nuestraherencia 6 years ago

      thanks! glad you enjoyed it...I'll be writing more with more details in the future...

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      RobGrawberger 6 years ago

      Great lens.... my wife and I were talking about doing a tropical party theme this summer and gathered some great ideas here. Thanks for sharing. Lens rolled to some tropical cocktails

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      artNimages 6 years ago

      Thanks for visiting. I love this lens. :)

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      nuestraherencia 6 years ago

      Thanks...I'm having a great time writing and doing these lenses...and of course, the quality of products from all the Zazzlers is awesome!

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      Light-in-me 6 years ago

      Nice job, I want to have a tropical party now!

      Thanks for the Tropical Dolphins feature.

      Robin :)

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      packratgraph 6 years ago

      Thanks for the feature! This lens is making me wish I could move to the islands (as if I needed additional encouragement haha!)

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      nuestraherencia 6 years ago

      I live at a beach apartment...believe it or not, I'm terrified of the ocean... :-) I tried snorkeling once...but I love the scenery, and while my husband and 9yr old surf and snorkel, I plan parties for our apartment complex...or sit, relax and take pictures!

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      LivingLife 6 years ago

      I used to teach scuba diving and we took liveaboard trips to the islands quite often. That's been a long time ago, though. This lens makes me want to start diving again. Love it! Thanks for featuring my banana plant card, too.

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      nuestraherencia 6 years ago

      thanks to all! enjoy...the great days of summer will be here before you know it!

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      DebinSC 6 years ago

      Great job! I do love anything tropical. :)

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      animotaxis 6 years ago

      Great lens, love your designs. Thanks for the feature.

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      chrisart 6 years ago

      "Love" this lens! Beautiful products!

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      DigitalDreambuilder 6 years ago

      Great lens.

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      Anura 6 years ago

      Makes me want to travel away from this snow to bask in the tropical sun. Thanks for sharing. Thumbs Up!

      Kati, Anura Design Studio

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      Dizzydebbie 6 years ago

      Great lens, makes me long for warmer weather. Thumbs up.

      Dizzy Debbie

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      bebops 6 years ago

      What a beautiful lens!

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      nuestraherencia 6 years ago

      @Arnolda: Thank you!

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      Arnolda 6 years ago

      Beautiful lens!

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