While we can’t all hop on a jet plane and escape to an island this summer, we can definitely celebrate all that’s cool and kitsch about summer by throwing a classic tiki party. We’ve rounded up 15 fantastic ideas for food, cocktails, and decor to help you create a fun (and a little sexy) tiki party in a flash.
A great tiki party needs a signature tiki cocktail. Try these cocktail recipes courtesy of Kevin Beary—beverage director at award-winning Chicago tiki bar, Three Dots and a Dash—who notes, “Tiki culture is based on the idea of escapism. The elaborate cocktails with over-the-top garnishes and exotic decor are intended to transport you to your happy vacation place.”
Makes one cocktail
Navy Strength Gin, Passionfruit, Orgeat, Falernum, and Lemon
Of course, you can’t forget the food: A strong drink needs a hearty meal to go along with it.
The Big Kahuna Burger, courtesy of Three Dots and a Dash
These chic and colorful Libbey Tiki Bamboo Tumblers (Set of 6) are perfect for serving up Mai Tais and Blue Hawaiians.
If you want to let the beauty of your drinks truly shine, these crystal clear Libbey Tiki God Tumblers (Set of 4) are an easy way to add an elegant touch to your tiki theme.
For some seriously cute kitsch, go the thematic distance with this Totems Tiki Ice Cube Tray. Imagine the smiles on your guests’ faces when they spot tiki masks floating in their drinks!
These adorable pineapple straws are a super simple way to brighten up your bar cart and add tiki flair to your drink presentation.
Keep the tiki theme pretty with these lovely "Aloha" paper plates.
This summery Cream Floral Table Runner by Threshold will add a vibrant and sophisticated flair to your tiki party decor.
Have fun lighting up your tiki tablescape with a rainbow of tall assorted candles.
Transport your guests to a lush island getaway with some smartly placed floral garlands hung over archways and banisters, and around windows.
This gorgeous Justina Blakeney Bette Planter would be a great addition to any garden tiki party… but it’s also a piece you can keep long after the last tiki torch has been extinguished.
A tiki party just wouldn’t be complete without some leis. These Mahalo Floral Leis (package of 12) are a classic touch, and a nice way to welcome your guests for a night of island-style fun.
Give your party lights a unique spin by using thematic metal tiki torches.