This last Saturday a friend of mine hosted her annual summer party for friends and colleagues. In the past she has used a Hawaiian luau theme complete with kaula pig and athentic Hawaiian muscians. This year she branched out a bit and went with more of a Caribbean flair.
Since I have plenty of beach items at my house I was more than happy to help her pull the decorations together. While remaining tropical, like Hawaii, we made a few changes to try and recreate a somewhat more Caribbean island feel. Tiki torches lined the perimeter of the lawn, steel drum band played island music, a menu of Jamican Jerk chicken and fresh fruit filled the buffet table, and rum punch was plentiful.The mood was set. Guest arrived in bright tropical attire to complete the ambience.
Brightly colored flowers added to the theme, as well as blue glass jems, seashells sand, and tropical fish that swam in little fish bowls and among the floral arrangements.
I actually place a vase inside a lager vase and created a space between the two , filled the space with water and place one of the fish inside to swim around the flower arrangement. It added interest and was life to the centerpiece. However it didn’t photograph the best so not sure you can tell from this picture.
The weather was perfect and the islands in the distance glowed as the sun set filling the sky with a soft peach -pink hue.
Hope these pictures inspire you to add a little Caribbean Island flair to your next outdoor party.