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Hawaiian Themed Party Ideas For Adults: A Guide To Throwing a Tropical Party

Want to throw a Hawaiian Themed Party to create a mini tropical vacation feeling for all your friends? Imagine being on a tropical island, sipping a delicious cocktail, enjoying fresh fruit and appetizers with all your friends. Wouldn’t that be amazing? You can easily create that feeling right in your home with these simple and inexpensive Hawaiian Party Ideas for Adults.

This week I’ve been sharing a few tropical DIY projects and ideas that will help you plan your party and not break the bank.

So let’s look at other budget-friendly ways to host a Hawaiian cocktail party.

Hawaiian themed party set up on screened porch with festive table decorations.

What Is A Hawaiian Themed Party?

What do you think about when you hear Hawaiian Themed Party?

Today we will explore Hawaiian Party ideas for adults that will help you create a tropical environment regardless of where you live. Think fun, festive, over-the-top decorations, fresh fruits, and yummy sweet cocktails.

Let’s consider these ideas.

  1. Where to Host a Hawaiian-Themed Party
  2. Table Cloth
  3. Table Centerpiece
  4. Tropical Table Decorations
  5. Cocktail Table
  6. Party Favors
  7. Music
Tropical Themed Cocktail Party Tablescape with DIY Napkin Rings and tropical straws.

Supper Club

Today’s tablescape is part of our monthly Supper Club Series.

If you are joining us for the first time, we are a group of friends who love to entertain, and when entertaining in person wasn’t recommended, we started a virtual supper club in January 2021.

We are from different areas of the country, and it’s always fun to see each person’s interpretation of the monthly theme. Meet the Supper Club Hosts.

  • Stacy Ling, Bricks N Blooms from New Jersey
  • Michele, Vintage Home Designs from Texas
  • Jennifer, Midwest Life & Style from Nebraska
  • Anne & AnnMarie, Simply 2 Mom’s from North Carolina
  • I’m also from North Carolina.

We are excited to have Kelly from The Tattered Pew with us today. Kelly is from Colorado and just recently returned from Hawaii, so I know you will love her inspired ideas today.

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Where to Host A Hawaiian Themed Party

When planning your Hawaiian Themed cocktail party, consider having your party outdoors if possible.

Here are some areas to consider:

  • Set up the porch with tables for food and cocktails
  • Have a party on the patio or deck
  • Decorate around a pool or by the lake with Hawaiian decor.
  • Set up tables in the backyard or garden. Add tiki torches, etc.
  • Have the party by the outdoor kitchen.

Always have a backup plan for outdoor parties should the weather not cooperate.

Because we are experiencing such unpredictable weather this year, I decided to host my cocktail party on the screened porch. The food and cocktail tables are inside the screened area. However, guests can spill out onto the front porch and into the house if the weather is bad.

Hawaiian themed party for adults with refreshing pina colada martinis and a charcuterie board.

Hawaiian Themed Table Ideas

We all know that everyone is attracted to the food and beverage tables, so we want to pay special attention to the table setting and decorations.

Since your guest will congregate around the tables, ensure you have plenty of room and keep the food and beverage tables separate.

I also like to spread a few appetizers around the party area. A bowl of chips or nuts on coffee or side tables helps keep the guest moving around the party.

You want your table to be fun, creative, and over the top, but how can you accomplish that within a reasonable budget?

Table Cloth Ideas

To make the table look festive, I decided to line the tabletop with fun wrapping paper instead of a cloth tablecloth.

With cocktails and finger foods, spills are likely, and the $4.00 wrapping paper can be tossed at the end of the evening.

Hawaiian themed Party Ideas for a tropical cocktail party with DIY Straw Pom Pom napkin rings in a basket

You may also consider using kraft paper to make a tablecloth like the one I made for the Low Country Boil Supper Club theme.

Ideas for Tropical Centerpiece

The ideas for a centerpiece began with a thrifted woven vase for a tropical feel.

Next, I found the perfect fresh bouquet at Trader Joe’s. To make the arrangement, I added a tin can to hold water inside the woven vase and added all the fun items. Can you believe how cute those little bananas are?

You can find a similar woven vase to make your centerpiece and more options under resources.

Tropical Centerpiece with mini bananas in a woven basket vase.

In addition, the light fixture on the screened porch is always fun to decorate for all occasions.

To create a tropical feeling, I used Dollar Tree straws with flamingos and pineapples to fill the hanging vases. It was necessary to shorten the straws, and the excess straw was used to help fill the vases.

Hawaiian Table Decorations

In addition to the tropical centerpiece and light fixture, I added a basket filled with napkins wrapped in the Tropical DIY Napkin Ring Dupe I shared earlier this week. The fun napkins and the napkin rings are a fun touch for a Hawaiian Themed Party.

DIY Tropical Napkin Ring Dupe with straw pom poms and hawaiian print napkins.

A set of beverage glasses are placed on a cake plate, decorated with raffia ties, and filled with more tropical Dollar Tree straws.

Hawaiian Party Ideas with raffia tied glassware and flamingos on straws.

In addition, several DIY Tropical Round Placemats were used to hold the various trays and the centerpiece on the table.

Tropical Centerpiece with mini bananas in a woven basket vase. Thrift store basket and fresh pineapple.

Since the table decorations were not over the top enough for me, a green fish net was also spread over the table. LOL

Hawaiian themed Party for Adults with tropical table decorations and beautiful centerpiece.

Hawaiian Party Ideas for Adults – Cocktail Table

Next to the food table, a baker’s rack serves as a self-serve cocktail table holding all the fixings for making your own Pina Colada Martinis.

A Hawaiian Themed Party wouldn’t be complete without some fruity drink options. You can serve several options or provide a signature cocktail for the evening.

Tropical Cocktail Party Bar Set Up for Pina Colada Martinis.

Other Creative Party Ideas

Here are a few other Hawaiian Party Ideas for Adults to consider.

  • Ask guests to wear tropical clothing.
  • Pick up party favors such as Hawaiian lais, grass skirts, kooky sunglasses, etc. You can find a great supply at the Dollar Tree Stores this time of year. Or check out these resources.
  • Play Hawaiian-style music.
  • Light Tiki Torches
  • Have a hula dance contest or provide hula hoops
  • Keep the food simple for a cocktail party. Easy charcuterie boards, fresh fruits on skewers, and easy seafood dips are always good choices. The Poke Tuna Stack is a fun addition to a Hawaiian Themed Party.

See more ideas and recipes later this week when we share the Supper Clubs’ full menu.

Hawaiian Party Ideas for a festive tablescape


More Supper Club Tropical Party Ideas

Let’s check out all the other Supper Club ladies’ ideas. Up next is Stacy with her Easy Cocktail Party Ideas for Summer.

Stacy at Bricks N Blooms / Michele at Vintage Home Designs

Jen at Midwest Life & Style / Kelly at The Tattered Pew

Simply 2 Moms / The Ponds Farmhouse

Previous Supper Club Alfresco Themes

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Guide To Throwing a Topical Hawaiian themed Cocktail Party for Adults.

michele - vintage home designs

Thursday 22nd of June 2023

Such a beautiful table Rachel! I love all of the bright colors and that centerpiece is amazing!


Friday 23rd of June 2023

Michele, Thank you so much. It was fun to decorate.


Thursday 22nd of June 2023

Rachel, I love your tropical tablescape. The wrapping paper as a tablecloth is genius...and the print is so pretty. And I love your floral arrangement and DIY napkin ring holders. Pinned!


Friday 23rd of June 2023

Jen, Thank you so much. I loved that wrapping paper and it was so cheap I knew I'd eventually use it for something.


Thursday 22nd of June 2023

Rachel your table looks so festive and beautiful! Love the centerpiece!


Friday 23rd of June 2023

Stacy Thank you for stopping by. I'm glad you like it.

AnnMarie | Simply2Moms

Thursday 22nd of June 2023

What a fun colorful table Rachel. Those straws are super cute and I love how you used them in multiple places. Pinned!


Friday 23rd of June 2023

AnnMarie, Can you believe they are from Dollar tree. Such cute items there this year.


Thursday 22nd of June 2023

Rachel I loved all of your creative tropical ideas. So many great Dollar Store finds and ways to use them! I am in love with your centerpiece though, show stopper! Wish I could come join you for a cocktail!


Friday 23rd of June 2023

Kelly, I know! Wouldn't it be so fun if we could actually get together for one of these.