Tropical Caribbean Party - Free Hats & Trinkets
Mayra in Orlando, Florida USA
Adult Tropical/Caribbean Party My sister was turning 37 and was really depressed about it, so I decided to plan a surprise party for her. I had my husband make a caricature picture of my sister. It was her face on a voluptuous woman's body wearing a bikini top, shorts and a beach hat, and drinking a tropical drink on the beach. On the inside was a poem with all the party information. "Though she feels like crying, because of getting old (Name) is having a Caribbean party, so put the date on hold. Then I included the date, place and time and made sure to let them know that it was supposed to be a surprise.
She was going on a cruise for her birthday, so I planned the party for the day after she came back (Sunday). I planned a pool party at my house. I didn't want to give it away, so I didn't decorate the porch. But as soon as you walked in, the house looked so cool! I hung a net on the entrance wall and I put plastic lobsters, crabs and starfish on it. I had a basket full of sunglasses, maracas, and seashell necklaces. I also had beach hats. Each guest could pick one item from the basket and a hat.
I had flower garlands everywhere inside and outside. The party really took place outside, but people had to go through the house to get to the backyard. I set up a table with snacks like chips and salsa, dip, fruit, shrimp and vegetables (all on ice) on the porch. I hired a bartender and we had an open bar. I also hired a salsa and meringue band to play tropical music. They also played some reggae and calypso.
I set up tables and decorated them with orange, red and yellow table coverings. I assigned seats using sand dollars. I used tropical plants as centerpieces and decorated the trees with white Christmas lights. I also hung tissue fish around the porch. I didn't decorate the pool area too much, because I didn't want to make it look cluttered. Everything looked perfect.
The guests were asked to arrive at 6:00 PM. I asked my sister to be at my house at 6:45. I told her I had made dinner for her. She did not have a clue. When she got there everyone hid in the living room and when she walked in they jumped out yelling "Surprise!" She loved it!
Since it was a party for adults, games were a little difficult, since older people are more uptight than little kids. We had a limbo contest, which everyone enjoyed and we danced all night to the tropical music. I bought my sister a huge cake (there were 50 guests), decorated with palm trees and a blonde mermaid (my sister has blonde hair).
On top of the hats and the items from the basket, each guest got a maraca key chain. I used permanent marker to write: (Name)'s birthday party and the date on each key chain. My sister loved her party. She got a lot of funny and nice gifts and her spirits were lifted. It was a lot of work, but it was well worth it.