Spread the word about your festivities with bright and punchy invites with a Hawaiian vibe ($22 for 10, tinyprints.com).
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Proper attire might not be mandatory but it's very much encouraged. Ask guests to come wearing tropical prints and have a pile of leis ($34 for 12, sears.com) at the front door for each person to take as they arrive.
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Set the Mood
For a warm and inviting glow, position glass tiki torches (potterybarn.com for similar products) around the yard.
And don’t forget the music. Play the soft tropical tunes of a Hawaiian artist like Israel Kamakawiwo'ole. His hit song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” is a crowd favorite and will mentally transport party-goers straight to paradise.
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Dress the Table
Create a lively, tropical atmosphere with bright and festive colors. Instead of a formal table setting, mirror the relaxed Hawaiian attitude and serve dinner buffet-style. Dress the table with a grass skirt, colored lights, and then scatter shells on the surface. Place white burger baskets ($2, surlatable.com) and colorful napkins (crateandbarrel.com for similar napkins) on the buffet table for guests to serve themselves. And sitting on the grass is totally acceptable.
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Plan the Menu
Keep it simple while keeping true to the theme. Pineapples on the dogs? You betcha. Need some more island serving suggestions? Try these tropically-inspired dishes:
Every memorable party has a signature cocktail—or four. These tropical cocktails are sure to please even the pickiest guests. Just be sure to have plenty of cocktail umbrellas ($7 for 144, amazon.com, similar to shown) on-hand.
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Games aren’t just for the kids. Buy a limbo stick ($20, partycity.com)—or simply pull out an old broom—and see how low you can still go.