June 07, 2012
North America's largest party retailer, Party City, helps consumers spice up their patios as they dust off their grills for summer. With gas prices rising, more families are opting for stay-cations over lavish trips, so the experts created simple and chic party ideas to liven up any backyard gathering.
Alternative Alohas: Surprise friends with an unconventional salutation by saying "hello" in style with message-in-a-bottle invitations. Continue the welcoming beach theme from invite to party entrance with authentic Polynesian-inspired decorations outfitting the front door. From parasol wreaths and hibiscus leis, greet guests with an oasis experience right at the front door to get the island vibe started.
Tropical Tablescapes: Use bright colors in decorations and tableware to amplify the summertime feel. Make fresh tropical flowers go farther by marrying them with beautiful, affordable luau tableware. Mix and match patterned plates with solid chargers and bamboo placemats for a custom look. Accessorize tables with grass skirts and floral leis, wrapping them around the backs of guests' chairs for attention-grabbing detail that is simple to do.
Tiki Tapas: In addition to enjoying the company of friends and festive décor, guests always remember great food. Incorporate classic, tropical tastes with grilled coconut shrimp and star fruit skewers, served standing and housed in a utensil caddy as unexpected serveware. Tapas are party friendly and perfect for bathing suit season, allowing guests to sample smaller portions while mingling and not weighing them down with heavy ingredients.
Luau Libations: Cool off with iced treats in bright barware at the tiki hut, using an electric shaved ice machine with island flavors like coconut margarita and blue Hawaii. For the adults, serve lime-infused cocktails, like Hawaiian sunrise shooters, garnished with fresh fruit speared with parasol flowers – simply turn a cocktail umbrella inside-out and poke through fruit slices. Personalize stemware with floral wine charms, and guests will never lose their drinks.
Island Indulgence: Sweeten the party scene with decadent desserts that satisfy cravings while adding more tropical flair to the tablescape. Using nutter butter cookies and simple glazed piping, flip-flop cookies are easy to make and look impressive. Trendy sweets, like cake pops, take on a tropical theme when molded into mini-coconut cups with pina colada flavor and little umbrella or fruit embellishments.
Hula Hoopla: Summer is the time to let loose and have fun. A luau party would not be complete without tropical touches that make island getaways unique, from hula and fire dancing to limbo and pineapple bowling. Set up activity stations at each corner of the event space to encourage guests to hop around to each. Accessories like leis, grass skirts, straw hats and sunglasses make great photo props...Party City is a one-stop shop with 800 store locations and an incredible online selection at PartyCity.com. Party City Holdings Inc. designs, manufactures, contracts for manufacture and distributes party goods, including paper and plastic tableware, metallic balloons, accessories, novelties, gifts and stationery. Party City Holdings Inc. also operates retail party goods and social expressions supply stores in the North America under the names Party City, Halloween City, Factory Card & Party Outlet and Party Packagers. Party City is North America's largest party goods chain and the premier retailer of Halloween costumes, theme party supplies, birthday decorations and other specialty party supplies.
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