If your idea of paradise includes swaying palm trees, sandy beaches, and crystal clear oceans take a figurative trip to the tropics with your own island themed getaway. And, we're here to get your creative juices flowing so you can fashion a fun and memorable event for you and your guests.
For inspiration, take your cues from the environment, where bright sunny days are filled with vivid color, and everyday life makes the most of nature’s precious resources.
Create your own tropical paradise at each vignette and every venue by breaking down the details into 3 layers of decorating: background, color, and interest.
Background: Make your colors really stand out against a nature-inspired monochromatic background of uniform color. Here are 3 suggestions:
PLANTS & TREES Shades of green
OCEAN & SKY Blue & turquoise
WOOD & SAND Shades of brown
Color: Next, bring it to life with booming color using vibrant flowers, ripened fruit, exotic birds, and tropical fish as your guide.
Interest: Finally, sharpen your focus with a layer of interest, highlighting a tropical location, event, activity, or specific element, such as Havana, Hawaiian luau, surfing, or pink flamingos.
In addition, incorporate real and simulated natural materials and textures into your decorating, such as:
Also, consider including handcrafted items, woodcarvings, woven baskets and mats.
For a festive and interactive party that everyone can enjoy, the Hawaiian Luau or Tiki theme offers a number of easy decorating options. Based upon Polynesian tropical island decor, add this interest layer to create a casual and lighthearted mood that will relax and entertain your guests anytime of year.
Also, keep Hawaiian luau decorations on hand to add instant tropical atmosphere for an impromptu fete.
When decorating, we like to place decorations, arrange accents & set "surprises" so guests discover them over the duration of the party. Below, we've put together some of our favorite suggestions for decorating your party scene with tropical flair.
Aloha! Entrance & Foyer
MAKE a great first impression and set the tone for your event with a welcoming entrance:
Create a flourishing garden display of lush tropical foliage
Group and/or line your own or rented houseplants together
Buy a few silk tropical flowers to add color and complete the effect
Combine dry bamboo poles with real or silk bamboo foliage in large urn(s) to add height
Hide pots with smaller plants, ivy, green fabric, and/or burlap (for sand) in front
For more fullness, add more rows of plants on risers