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The Ultimate Tiki Party Guide

If you are thinking about putting together a luau or tiki party this year, there is plenty you can do to set your bash apart from every other themed event.


If you choose to send formal invitations through the mail, there are some groovy tiki invitations to choose from.  If you need something a bit nicer, take a look at etsy.com.  There you can find customized invitation for your tiki-themed event.  These were my personal favorite.

Of course, many people don’t really use “mail” that often and prefer Evite for their party planning needs.  If you decide to go that route, they do have some tiki style templates for your party.


The right decor will get your guests in the tiki frame of mind from the moment they arrive.

Tiki Bar

To start with, you will need your tiki bar.  This will be the central gathering point for your party and deserves the necessary consideration.  Depending on your timeframe and budget, you have several options here.

  • Buy a tiki bar – for many, the fastest and easiest option for setting up a tiki bar is to go with a tiki bar kit.  These tiki bars can be simple to set up and provide an authentic tiki style to your party.
  • Build your own – there are some really good tiki bar plans available if you are the do-it-yourself type.  Whether you need a bar to withstand a Saturday afternoon or several years of get togethers, you can find detailed tiki bar plans to fit what you are looking for.
  • Go cheap and easy – if you are throwing a tiki party on a shoestring budget, you can always set up a makeshift tiki bar out of existing furniture.  A grass table skirt can repurpose that kitchen table into a Trader Vic’s in no time at all.

Tiki Torches

For an evening affair, a few tiki torches to illuminate the backyard is a nice way to set the mood.  They cost as little as $4 each and just a few can light up your yard.

Tiki Statue

What’s the first thing your guests will see when the step into your house or patio?  Why not blow them away with an 8-foot tall inflatable tiki statue?  You can find a number of classier tiki statues on eBay and elsewhere on the web, but the inflatable tiki statue is a fun and relatively inexpensive (around 40 bucks) option.


In order to keep your liquor budget down to a more comfortable level, it is best to predetermine the cocktails you would like to make available to your guests.  Pick out a few drinks and list them on a sign along with description or ingredients in each.  For tiki style drinks, you can go with any combination of rum-based concoctions.  Here are a few to get you started.

You might also opt to rent a frozen margarita machine (filled with mai tais, of course) and keep a tub full of beer handy for those that prefer beers.  Finally, don’t forget to throw in a few sodas and bottled waters for the non-drinking crowd.


You’ll need the right tunes to set the mood.  There are a number of directions you can go, but here are a few worth loading up on your stereo.

Please email us if you have any other tips on throwing the perfect tiki party.

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