This summer I hosted a backyard, tropical themed party for our friends. There’s no better time than summer to throw an outdoor party and I figured since we’re not in Hawaii we could bring some tropical island vibes to our home! From the food, to the music and the decorations, we created a very special, colorful and fun summer party and I’m sharing all of the details!
We use online companies like Evite (free) and Paperless Post to send out invitations.
It’s nice to be able to track and update important event details and RSVPs. Williams Sonoma and Trisha Yearwood created amazing tropical cocktail mixers that were perfect for our party!
and gave them a quick tutorial for making the cocktails and pouring wine. Most of our party supplies and entertaining items came from Williams Sonoma. We also found smaller items like cocktail umbrellas on Etsy.
It’s all about the details, like paper bamboo straws, paper lanterns, mini pink pineapples and stunning flowers in bamboo vases that made our party come to life! To really make your party feel special, have a basket of fresh leis when guests arrive! Flowers down the center of the table add a pop of color and look gorgeous!
White Fig Designs created unique and beautiful tropical flowers for our party. Place all of the food around a dining table where guests can grab what they want throughout the event. You can order cheese boards from Williams Sonoma and have them delivered a day or two before the party.
Instead of making the dessert, hire a local company to hand out popsicles or scoops of ice cream. However if you want to make some fun desserts, here are a few of our favorite recipes that are perfect for summer! We had Sweet Beams, a charming ice cream truck, at the party.
It was a huge hit and made my life, as the hostess, much easier. Kids and adults enjoyed unlimited scoops of ice cream! We had vintage coolers full of our favorite hint water for guests!
If you haven’t tried hint, it’s lightly infused with fruit essences but has zero sugar, calories, etc. This party is all about fun in the sun, which also means protecting your skin! As a party favor, guests took home our favorite, tropical hint sunscreen!
It was fun introducing my friends to a beautiful line of sunscreen. Before I started planning this party, I knew I wanted it to be a family event.