If you have a long wait until your next holiday or unfortunately, you have to give it a miss this year, why not bring the beach to you through a Hawaiian tropical theme party?

Tips For Throwing A Hawaiian Tropical Theme Party

Planning any themed party is an exciting time, from the dress code to the decorations, there is a whole host of different ‘must-haves’ to throw the party of the year. It’s all about preparation, the more organised you are, the less stressful the process will be.

Whether you are throwing a birthday party or a celebration, bringing the beachy feel through a Hawaiian theme is guaranteed to go down a storm, so keep reading to find out your essentials!

Fancy Dress

For some people, every party is ten times better if you get the chance to dress up in a unique outfit and unleash their alter ego. But for others, it’s their worst nightmare, mainly because of the extra effort they have to go through to track down the perfect costume. However, the significant advantage to a Hawaiian theme is that it is one of the easiest themes to dress for. Any bright, summery outfit would fit perfectly for the tropical theme, so guests could merely dig out their favourite holiday outfit. Encourage your guests to find the loudest, most colourful and unique Hawaiian shirt they can find to stand out from the crowd!

To make dressing to fit the theme a little easier for your guests, consider purchasing some Hawaiian flowers garlands, traditionally known as Leis, to give to your guests on arrival. Multicolour leis can be picked up very cheap, for as little as 75p each from places such as Party Delights. They may be an additional expense, but it’ll be perfect for getting your guests into holiday mode, and they’ll feel less of a pressure if they opted to dress in their day to day clothing.

If you wanted to go all out, then straw hula skirts are also available for less than £2 each from Party Puffin – although, if you’re a head chef on the BBQ, make sure you’re careful with your skirt next to the flames!

Vibrant Decorations

Not only is fancy dress easy to match with the tropical theme, but so is decoration options. Anything colourful with flowers, palm trees, plants or even flamingos would perfectly compliment the theme. Popular colour schemes include green and pink tones.

When it comes to decorations, there are so many options for a great price, so it can be very easy to go a little OTT and end up spending more than you had anticipated. To stay within budget, we suggest devising a list of your absolute must-haves and additional extras you quite like if you have some spare cash left over at the end.

Whether you have hired a large venue or are throwing a garden party at home, Hawaiian decor is pretty much the same for both. Matching sets of disposable plates, cups and napkins can be found in many different tropical prints; our favourite is Partyrama’s ‘Aloha’ sets. Disposable party supplies are perfect as you won’t have to drag yourself out of bed the next morning to wash up everything leftover!

You cannot have a Hawaiian party without Tiki Tourches, although they’d only be suitable if you’re holding your celebration in your garden. They fit perfectly with the island aesthetics and will sparkle in the evening making a cosy atmosphere. Even better, you can keep them and make sure out of them after your party as garden decorations in the Summer evenings!

Tropical Table Decorations

Tasty Food

A BBQ buffet style catering is always the most straightforward option when it comes to parties; there will be something for everyone, even those fussy eaters!

Burgers, hot dogs and pulled pork sandwiches are always popular favourites to pop on the BBQ. You could even make your own pineapple salsa to put on top to give a tangy twist and flow with the tropical theme.

If you wanted to add a refreshing appetiser or dessert to the menu, why not make your own Acai bowls to make your guests feel as if they are relaxing next to the sea on a warm beach. Acai bowls are made from a frozen fruit smoothie of your choice topped with fresh fruit. To fit with the Hawaiian them, you could substitute bowls for coconut shells and top with colourful edible flowers for a finishing touch.

A popular option if you wanted to leave catering to the experts is a fruit palm tree, which would be perfect to act as a centrepiece for your central table arrangement.

For drink options, consider making your own fruit punch or slushies and similarly to before, substitute your glasses for a carved out watermelon. For 30 different DIY fruit punch recipes, take a look at this Women’s Day article!

Fruit Acai Bowls


The scale of the entertainment you opt for often depends on how large your party is and the size of your venue. If it is a big event with a large budget, we recommend hiring hula dancers. Traditionally hula dancers perform a fire routine, where guest can get involved – it’ll be sure to make your event truly unforgettable!

It would be amazing to give your guests a little something to take home with them to remember your celebration, so along with their flower lei; you could also arrange inflatable photo booth hire. Beach inspired printouts can be arranged with palm trees and your guests posing with fun props such as inflatable parrots and beach balls, along with extravagant sunglasses and beach hats.

Hawaiian Fire Dancers

Throw Your Very Own Hawaiian Beach Party!

We hope that our article has given you some fun and exciting ideas to help throw your Hawaiian tropical theme party. It’s all about colour and vibrancy, encouraging your guests to let their hair down and take part in activities. And remember, you cant have a Hawaiian party without the limbo, so get ready to compete for the first place prize!