12 Awesome Tropical Theme Party Ideas

There’s nothing like a vacation to an island paradise to recharge your batteries. All that gorgeous greenery, warm sunshine, and delicious tropical food are enough to give anyone the itch to travel. But if you live somewhere that’s snowier than it is sunny, you might not have the time or energy to hop on a plane and getaway. Not to worry, though. You can still bring the best of the tropics to your next big party with a little creativity! To help you get started, here are 12 of our favorite tropical party ideas to set the vibe. Crack open a coconut and put your feet up; it’s time to get tropical! 

1. Escape to a Peerspace venue

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While not everyone has the funds to hop on a plane to a private island, thanks to Peerspace, you can lay claim to your own private sanctuary no matter where you live. Book a jungle in the sky in Charlotte, a moody urban oasis in Atlanta, or even a poolside bungalow in Miami (pictured above). Whether you’re land-locked or on the coast, the options for tropical fun are endless. You can even filter listings by the amenities they offer, like bars, pools, and outdoor gardens, if you have a special theme in mind. 

2. Bring the jungle indoors with green decor 

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Once you’ve picked out the perfect venue for your tropical party, it’s time to make it even more gorgeous before the big event. Hang lush green streamers to mimic jungle vines, arrange balloon wreaths like tropical flowers, and don’t forget the greenery either! Tropical plants like ferns and vibrant flowers like orchids and lilies make the perfect centerpieces for tables. Buy artificial greenery at your local craft store, or put your tropical houseplants on display to set the mood! 

3. Host a tropical cookout

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For one of our tastiest tropical theme party ideas, fire up your grill and cook some delicious tropical-inspired food in an outdoor cookout. Cook up classic dishes like juicy pineapple chicken or spicy mango salad. You could even get creative and host a DIY kebab party. Each guest gets to choose their favorite ingredients to chargrill on a skewer. It’s a fun way to get everyone involved in the cooking process! 

4. Paint a tropical sunset at an art party

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If you’re longing to see a tropical sunset without having to travel, why not capture the view in a painting? Look up Art Party services on Facebook or Instagram and ask about paintings with tropical themes. Don’t have any instructors in your area? Take matters into your own hands with some pre-recorded videos or even follow a classic Bob Ross tutorial. Your friends will have a blast painting their masterpieces while sipping pina coladas or coconut water. Plus, you’ll all have an amazing souvenir to remember the day by! 

5. Mix up exotic cocktails at a tiki bar

Want to know one of the best things about the sweltering heat in the tropics? Getting to cool off with a delicious drink. Host a tropical cocktail party for your friends and mix up delicious daiquiris, cocktails, pina coladas, and more. For added fun, try decorating your bar like a tiki bar to give greater ambiance. Keep a lookout for such bars on Peerspace!  

6. Craft your own flower crowns and Leis

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This is a fun DIY tropical them party idea for crafty types. Put together some gorgeous party accessories to complete the tropical look with your guests. You can find tons of exotic artificial flowers at your local craft store or even craft your own out of paper. To gamify the experience, try holding a contest to craft the best flower accessories, awarding points for creativity, color schemes, and overall aesthetic. 

7. Take things down a notch with a tiki-torchlit dinner party

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For a more sophisticated take on a traditional Luau, hosting a formal dinner with a tropical-inspired menu is an amazing way to wow more discerning guests. If you’re dining outdoors, tiki torches make the perfect way to illuminate the night. For indoor occasions, coconut and pineapple scented candles provide dreamy illumination. And if you need help finding a caterer to help you curate your tropical dinner party, check out Peerspace concierge to find the perfect fit. 

8. Make waves with indoor surfing

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Surfing is one of the most exhilarating activities to do in the tropics. And if you think you have to live by the beach to participate, think again. Even landlocked surfers can learn the ropes with indoor surfing! It’s called flowriding, and it’s just as amazing as the real thing! Take your party to your closest Flowriding location and get ready to hang ten. Your whole group can learn to surf without ever setting foot in the sand. It sounds pretty tubular in our book!

9. Hula your heart out at a tropical rave

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Do you love to dance? Get ready to shake your grass skirt when you host a tropical rave for all your friends. Neon palm trees and glow-in-the-dark leis will help you set the perfect vibe. You’ll feel like you’re raving in a tropical jungle! Curate your own playlist of club hits on Spotify or hire a DJ for your tropical blow-out on Thumbtack

10. Chillax by the pool

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Nothing says tropical quite like the ocean breeze tussling your hair. While not everyone is lucky enough to live near the ocean, you can recreate the oceanic vibes with an ordinary pool! Imagine how relaxed you’ll be, stretched out on a chaise with your closest friends at your side, sipping from a coconut. Want something more private than your neighborhood public pool? Book a party venue with a pool on Peerspace

11. Watch a tropical movie-thon 

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Looking for more low-key tropical party ideas? Fire up the projector in the backyard and put on your favorite tropical-themed movies, like Lilo and Stitch, Moana, or Elvis in Blue Hawaii. Movies are especially magical with tiki-torches glowing in the backdrop. Try snacking on toasted coconut flakes instead of popcorn for an island-inspired snack. And if you need more space for the whole party, try booking a private Peerspace theater

12. Bake tropical sweets in a paradise bake-off

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The tropics are home to some of the most delicious ingredients for sweets anywhere, like macadamia nuts, dates, pineapples, and coconuts. Grab some of these tropical-inspired ingredients at the grocery store, and bake up some delicious tropical treats with your friends! Think gooey pineapple upside-down cake, chewy white chocolate macadamia cookies, and decadent coconut bars that’ll knock your sandals off. It’s by far our sweetest tropical-themed party idea. For even more fun, bake your exotic sweets in an aesthetic Peerspace kitchen.

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