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Decorating Ideas for a Tropical Theme

Updated February 21, 2017

A tropical party encourages low-key fun. People expect a laid-back atmosphere that might be reminiscent of their last tropical vacation. Even if you're so far inland that the ocean is considered a luxury, you can still bring the tropics to your event by decorating with a tropical theme.

Inspiration

Choose a tropical location for decoration inspiration. Having a location and culture in mind can help you decorate all the way down to the minute details. Ideas include Hawaii, Tahiti, Cuba, Brazil, the Caribbean and Mexico.

Another important aspect is the location of your party. Will your party be indoors or outdoors? If the party is being held outdoors, you could have a luau with real fire torches.

Fundamentals

A dominant colour for tropical parties is green. Look to create a lush tropical location using various shades of green with flora and fauna decor. Find decor with palm trees; you can probably find authentic-looking fake palm trees. Consider fake or real tiki torches.

If your party has a Polynesian theme, get some flower leis for guests. Use tiki or coconut cups. Paper lanterns are also a nice touch for outdoor events. Find a raffia table skirt or green tablecloths. You can also find scene-setters to provide a backdrop for your event.

Details

Choose details in accordance with the destination you have chosen. For example, if you choose Hawaii, you might play hula music for ambience. If you've picked Cuba, you could have a Havana-nights theme with Latin music and a dance floor.

Make food that is within the destination's culture. If you choose Hawaii, consider having a luau pig. See if there's a catering service or restaurant in your area that will roast a full pig for your event. And don't forget to have tropical drinks available with little umbrellas for a tropical touch.

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About the Author

Kat Consador is a freelance writer and professional competitive Latin dancer. Her work has appeared in eHow and various online publications. She also writes for clients in small businesses, primarily specializing in SEO. She earned a Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology from Arizona State University.