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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Island Party Tips...

Having an Island Party is great fun!!!
Next week I will be adding all my Island Party planning tips with some great recipes!

Here are some pictures for inspiration...

     Tropical Birthday Cakes




Angel Island

Jelly Fish

Scene Setter...  Have a fun island PHOTO SHOOT!!!  It's the perfect activity and a fun way to remember the great times. 
*Set up a back drop--scene setter:  This one is available at Fun Party Stores in PA or online.
*Have a basket full of Hawaiian shirts, grass skirts, leis, straw hats, sunglasses, etc.---for your guests to dress in. 
*Take family pictures and funny photos in front of the back drop to make it look like vacation time in your own back yard!
*With the thank you notes, send out picture cds with all the great party pictures.  They are easy and inexpensive to create---and your guests will be really thrilled to have it!

Island Fun Games & Activities
  • Coconut Bowling----Using bowling pins or Pina Colada bottles(plastic) and a real coconut.
  • Island Fun Photo Shoot
  • Hula Hoop Contest
  • Hula Dance Contest
  • Limbo
  • Beach Volley Ball
  • Island Treasure Hunt(prizes in the sand box for younger children)
  • 3 Legged Races
  • Water Fun--Pool time or sprinkler time
  • Ring around the Pink Flamingo
  • Make your own island drink at the Tiki Bar---Have several different juices and fruits set up---have the guests create their own fruity island drinks!
  • Sand Art---in a bottle craft time
  • Dig for sea shells(in the sand box)
  • Crab races
  • Frisbee golf
Island Party Foods & Drinks
  • Roasted Pig
  • Pulled pork sandwiches(if you budget does not allow for a full pig)
  • Ribs
  • Tropical Fruit Salad (Pineapple, mangos, passion fruit, coconut, oranges, etc.)
  • Fruit Kabobs with pound cake and chocolate drizzle
  • Burgers & Hot Dogs on the grill
  • Tropical Fruit Jello(Ocean blue jello with tropical fruit--topped with fruity marshmallows)
  • Apricot and Coconut Kisses(Recipe in the Galley)
  • Key-Lime Cooler cookies(Recipe in the Galley---add lime instead of lemon)
  • Macadamia Nuts
  • Kona Coffee
  • Pina Coladas
  • Volcano Punch ~Check out Paula Dean's recipe... 
  • Island Punch ~Check out All Recipes...

Setting the Island Scence
Table Decorations...
  • Bright colored table clothes---in orange, yellow, green, blue, pink, etc.
  • Sea Shells and white playground sand
  • Grass shirt table skirt
  • Flowered necklaces(leis) and tropical flowers(Hibiscus flowers)
  • Tiki statues
  • Main food centerpiece----Just place a basket with a pineapple, mango, limes, lemons, a coconut and other tropical fruits and a beautiful centerpiece that can also be used.
  • Straw hats
  • Containers with brightly colored straws and drink umbrellas
  • Beach balls
  • Surf board or boogie board back drops
  • Volcano back drop
  • Hibiscus flowers --randomly placed
  • Waves backdrop---to border the room
  • Blow up palm trees
  • Ocean back drop
  • Tiki Bar
  • Parrots
  • Glass containers with limes
  • Sunglasses

Island Favors
  • Leis---Everyone at the party needs a lei!  Go to
  • Coconut drink cups
  • Grass skirts
  • Sea shell necklaces
  • Flip flops
  • Sunglasses
  • Straw hats
  • Lolli pop---flip flops, flowers, suns, etc.
  • Dried tropical fruit mix with a cute island label
  • Mini sun screen bottles
  • Message in a bottle--favors or invites
  • Colorful bags with flowered stickers---filled with tropical treats
  • Hawaiian Punch gummy fruit snacks

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