A fun theme for any occasion is a Caribbean cruise or tropical party. It's perfect for anything from a children's celebration to an adult event. People think I'm a bit obsessive, but when I'm not actually cruising, I always want to celebrate it!
Highlight the gorgeous blue and teal colors of the Caribbean in the decor. Or go pure nautical with navy blue and white stripes.
If you are assigning tables, designate cruise lines, cruise ships or ports. For decorations, use life preserver rings as a sign-in board or as the base of table centerpieces. Sisal rope is ideal to attach on anything to create a nautical or beach look. Use the rope as a border around a navy blue frame and then glue on shells or beachy ornaments to easily make themed table cards.
A pool party screams out cruise or tropical theme, so find inflatable cruise ships or beach balls to throw around. One of my favorite party stores that has a great selection either for themes and colors is Oriental Trading Company.
Food and Drinks
Tailor your drinks around traditional tropical cocktails; feature Malibu Coconut Rum or Blue Curacao in specialty drinks for adults. For the kids, anything brightly colored and/or sipped with a colorful straw is always a favorite. Here's one of my popular non-alcoholic drinks that our guests always love:
Sparkling Cranberry Punch
The perfect holiday drink for the whole family, this non-alcoholic punch only takes minutes to prepare.
2 quarts Cranberry Juice
1 (6 oz) can Frozen Pink Lemonade Concentrate, thawed
1 quart Sparkling Water
In a large container, combine the cranberry juice and the thawed pink lemonade concentrate. Stir in the sparkling water and enjoy!
For meal suggestions, serve kabobs, jerk chicken, seafood, or anything with pineapple or coconut to keep with the tropical theme. Plate on wicker platters covered with artificial palm fronds.
And, of course, the CAKE! Don't forget a cake to highlight your theme. This always makes it special and also doubles as a great centerpiece for the buffet.
Even cruise port cities can have fun travel themes by highlighting foods and decor they are known for.
A Caribbean cruise themed party needs Caribbean music! If you can, bring in a calypso band to entertain, or at least make sure the DJ plays a Bob Marley song.
Tips to make sure everyone dances...it's always fun to ask your guests to come dressed in tropical clothing or cocktail attire with flip flops.
Thank You For Coming!
Whether hosting an event at in a hotel, restaurant, or in my home, I LOVE to provide party favors for each guest to take home. It's so easy to make these yourself.
Here are a few of my favorites:
Your guests will definitely leave happy and ready to cruise!
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