My Daughter just turned six and in a true creative style, asked for pineapples and flamingos to feature in the decor for her big day. I took lots of photographs and had a great time throwing this birthday party together. Today in this post, I am sharing my Tips on styling a tropical themed party.
It was the menu that inspired me to use an array of bright colours and after deciding to serve raw, fresh organic fruit and veg then everything else just fell into place. My theme has a very sweet story behind it and I actually made use of a lot of props that I already had. By serving fruit and veg meant that the base of my menu was suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans. Along with crudites, I served frozen watermelon and pineapple chunks, Orange wedges and popcorn. We also had a side dish of crispy potato waffles.
My Mum was a lover of all things bright and colourful which meant I obviously inherited that creative side and an eye for fun. I also inherited lots of pieces from her house in which I have used to style Olivia’s party today. The shocking pink tablecloth used as a base for this project had previously belonged to my Mum and brightens up any setting in the summer months. Perfect to use for my Tips for styling a tropical themed party.
Try and plan your theme in advance and keep an eye out for any bargains you may find on the high street. I like to collect as I go but bear in mind your budget if doing it this way. I used cocktail umbrellas and mini pinwheel sticks to add amongst the food. Another great hand me down from my mum’s house. I remember she won a party pack on the tombola stall at a fete one day. we all laughed and wondered what she would use it for but the prize sure fit the setting of our tropical party. I used colourful serving dishes which I already had at home. The weather was forecast for a hot spell and so I wanted to excite the kids with a fun water bottle each for their drinks. By providing a themed water bottle meant that the children would stay hydrated throughout the day. I only catered for six children at this party so the reusable drinks bottle was sent home as an extra gift. I found tropical palm tree plastic drinks bottles in both home bargains and Poundland for just a pound each.
I put them through the dishwasher before filling with ice and serving water to the party guests.
My secret for collecting pinwheels is to check the clearance isle in Homesense and save them for the following season. I have cardboard pin wheels in all different colours for every season and have racked up quite a collection. I managed to find these balloons also in the reduction area for just under £1.00. I love the cheerful party messages on them and the colours were immense. The summer garland and paper pineapple were both sourced at a Poundland store. It is amazing what you can find to style a pineapple theme this summer. Oh and there’s a small blow up number 6 balloon floating around in some of the images too. It is about 20cm high and was also from Poundland. No helium required.
And well an inflatable flamingo for the pool. Nuff said….
Now it is time to share my DIY Balloon arch with Y’all. This balloon arch was so simple to make and my first attempt, it really did its job and held up for the entire day.
Originally I made a stand to house extra fairy lights around one of the outdoor seating areas in the home but when I needed an installation to display my ballons on then this stand instantly came in handy. I cemented to long bamboo sticks into terracotta pots and attached a nail into the top ends. I used fishing wire to hold the balloons onto the sticks and eventually disguised the brown wood by using yellow ribbon and floral glue!
I was so fuelled with creative juice when styling the layout of this party and have now put all my tropical accessories into one box. The kids had a great time with the pool and bouncy castle provided as entertainment. Thanks for joining me today and please come and check out my Instagram page and stay in touch.
I will leave you with an image of the cake designed and made by our close friend who is a budding young baker.