How to Throw a Summer Tiki Party

Throwing a Tiki Party is a great way to kick off summer. Visions of umbrella drinks, hula dancing, grass skits, Polynesian fare, and a few well placed tiki statues come to mind. Tiki parties borrow from Polynesian elements to create an atmosphere of island life. The key to success is to make your guests feel like they’ve stepped into paradise.

Tiki decor starts with natural elements like fresh flowers, tropical fruit, coconuts, and banana leaves. Nautical accents like fishnets and fishing poles; rattan, bamboo, surf boards, and Tiki torches add ambiance and fun!

No Tiki party is complete with out a few well-placed Tiki statues. The word Tiki refers to “a large carving of humanoid form”. Tiki statues are typically wooden or stone images of Polynesian gods that were historically used to mark the boundaries of sacred or significant sites. Tiki faces have different meanings (such as fertility, war, or peace).

It’s easy to dress for a Tiki party. Men love any excuse to wear a pair of shorts and a Hawaiian shirt to a party, and the ladies have lots of options including, sarongs, flowers, grass skirts and leis.

The most important part of a Tiki party is the Asian fusion style combination of sweet and spicy flavor profiles; grilled fruit, a roasted pig, and the beloved garlic shrimp are just a few of my favorites. Being in the wine business I’ve had some fun experimenting with wine instead of rum, to make the perfect “Wai-Tai”  Findmy favorite Tiki Party recipes HERE.