Whether you’re trying to get everyone excited for a destination wedding, or you’re trying to bring a bit of that tropical vibe to those guests who aren’t able to travel for the wedding, a tropical themed bridal shower is sure to be a hit. From the invites to the outfits, and everything in between, here are our tops tips to throw the ultimate tropical shower!
Set the tone for what the guests can expect with the perfect invitation! These should go out 4 to 5 weeks before the shower, and don’t forget to make sure you set an RSVP date for at least two weeks before to allow for plenty of planning time!
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When it comes to the décor, the brighter the better! Think fun, bold colours and of course lots florals and greenery. Once guests have entered the party, set the stage with lots of lounge areas and pillows – bonus points if you can score some fun prints like these banana leaf table cloths from Mod Mix Studio!
Pineapples of course make a great addition to any tropical shower. Hollow one out to use it as a vase and then keep the fruit to use in a treat or cocktail (more on that later!). They also make a great addition to any dessert table, especially if you paint them gold! A colourful DIY tassel garland compliments this look perfectly.
Another great way to incorporate fruit and colour into your design is by filling vases with lime slices, and topping them off with some colourful blooms .
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Creating a photo area serves double duty as both décor and an activity for the bride and her squad. We love this fun beach ball back drop and tropical flower photo frame, both of which are super easy to recreate!
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Give balloons a tropical twist, either by adding some palm frond decals to them or even better add some real fronds to the strings.
A couple of pieces of plywood nailed together and some bright paint are sure to give your bar sign some beach-y flare!
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If you’re not feeling overly crafty, an inflatable flamingo and balloons in the pool always does the trick. Another option is to purchase some tropical themed coasters, which can double as favours for the guests as well.
The best way to get everyone in the festive spirit is by getting them dressed for the occasion! A DIY floral crown or Lei bar is the perfect way to get the guests photo ready.
Lawn games are easily adaptable to fit your theme, like swapping pineapples for bowling pins and playing ring toss using some flamingo lawn ornaments! How cute would it be if you made the rings into engagement rings by adding a diamond cut-out?!
The Food & Drinks
It’s easy (and tasty!) to carry the tropical theme through your food and drinks. Lots of colourful fruit and spices are sure to keep the guests coming back for more. These are some of our favourite recipes inspired by tropical destinations.
Jerk Chicken and Peach Skewers from Feasting at Home
Tropical Fruit Juice Mimosa Bar from Beijos EventsPineapple Sorbet from The Girl Who Ate EverythingCoconut Shrimp with Spicy Mango Dipping Sauce from Jo CooksFlamingo Macarons from Sugar & ClothWatermelon Tequila Ice Pops for The Little EpicureanFrozen Chocolate Dipped Pineapple Pops from Kudos Kitchen by ReneeMango Pineapple White Chocolate Macarons by Sugar & ClothSangria Swirled Margarita by Dessert for TwoPiña Colada Snow Cone by Sugar & Cloth
As bonus, dress up your bar area with some adorable DIY flamingo straws, colourful stir sticks and of course some themed cocktail napkins. Another great way to add some pizzazz is to use coloured glassware and line your trays with some fun printed paper.
What shower would be complete without a little take-away for the guests? The key is to keep is small, which is why we love these specialty flamingo hair ties and pineapple bottle openers.
If you chose them right, favours can also be added table décor at each place setting. These pineapple shaped treat boxes are an easy DIY with some paint, and they would be adorable at each place setting with a name tag tied around them! These tumblers would also add a fun pop of pattern to the table, plus they are perfect for guests to bring with them to destination as well.