Tropical Party Theme | Best Ideas, Tips and Tricks

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Transport your guests to a tropical paradise with our guide to planning the perfect Hawaiian beach party! From exotic decorations to colourful costumes, here’s everything you need to know about a tropical party theme! 

Tropical Party Theme Decorations

Think bright colours like blue, yellow and pink for your decorations. Throw in some greenery as well to set the scene. Tropical flowers and shells make great table centrepieces and you could also try kiting your tables out with grass table skirts to complete the Hawaiian look. Surf boards and fake palm trees make great decorations if your budget can stretch to it. And don’t forget to hand some colourful paper lanterns and tiki torches to brighten up your venue. Check out your local pound shop or local party supply store for some budget decorations, and have a look on Amazon and Ebay as well to keep the costs down! Find out more tips to stay under budget

Shindigz is a great online party supply store that you can use to find great decoration ideas with over 34,000 party supplies for every occasion and next day delivery!  

Stumps Party is another awesome party supply store offering custom event supplies and regular deals and discounts. 

Keeping your Guests Entertained

If you want some inexpensive background entertainment, you can get your guests in the party spirit with a fun summer playlist. Check out our tips on how to make the perfect party playlist! If your budget allows for it, why not hire a professional DJ or live band and let your guests have a go at hula dancing? Have a look at our ultimate guide to party music for more ideas! And if you want to go all out, hire some fire breathers and dancers too, or even a Polynesian drum band!

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Beach Party Menu

A traditional pork roast is an authentic choice for a Hawaiian or tropical themed party! Get the BBQ going and serve breads, sweet potatoes and salads on the side as well. Don’t forget to serve plenty of tropical fruit like pineapples and coconuts too. Hawaiian pizzas are a controversial choice but can go down a storm with some guests. Serving seafood is also a great idea for your tropical themed party, so why not go for some shrimp and fish tacos as well? Have a look at our party food tips and tricks for more ideas!

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Tropical Party Theme Drinks

No tropical party theme would be complete without some summer cocktails and party drinks! Make sure you offer non-alcoholic drinks like mocktails and juices and garnish with fresh fruit. Here are some of our favourite cocktail ideas for you tropical themed party:

  • Blue Hawaiian
  • Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri
  • Mai Tai
  • Pina Colada
  • Margarita
  • Mojito
  • Hurricane

Check out our list of the best cocktails and party drink recipes!

Hawaiian Fancy Dress

Get your guests involved with the tropical theme by asking them to embrace the fancy dress! You could even give away a small prize for the best dressed guest to encourage everyone to get on board. Hawaiian shirts, floral dresses and tiki masks are all great options for a tropical party theme! And don’t forget to hand out leis (flower garlands) to your guests as they arrive. is a online huge party supply store that has loads of great costumes to choose from!

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