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Theme Party Ideas - Caribbean Party, Caribbean Party Supplies
Party Resource Guide
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Caribbean Party Theme Ideas

The next time you are throwing a party or hosting a corporate or club event, why not consider a fun Caribbean (Rum and Reggae Party) or Caribbean Island Hopping Theme? 

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Wherever you find a few people gathering together in the Caribbean, there is a great Caribbean party - and you are invited to join the fete. Many of the best parties are centered around festivals, especially carnival - the expression of Caribbean culture which often provides an opportunity to experience and join in the rhythms of the region-reggae, soca, zouk and salsa, among others.  Read More
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Caribbean Party Tips

The things Caribbean people do at carnival are unsurpassed. The costumes are nothing less than a work of class. All of these festivals, regardless of what they're called boast a kaleidoscope of color and offer fun-filled experiences. 

The key to pulling off a coordinated Caribbean event: Evoke your theme throughout the affair, it should be the subtle thread that ties everything together. Your location, invitations, flowers, menu, cake, and favors should all cleverly reflect one common concept. Then, get as creative as you can!

Colors: Your Caribbean party will come to life with Coral Reef colors like: Yellow, Orange, Lime Green, Cerise, Light blue, red, purple, hot pink, raspberry, royal blue, turquoise.

Motif: The motif is the visual representation of your theme, which is created by the use of objects or symbols. For a Caribbean theme your motif may be influenced by stunningly beautiful, unsullied iridescent white or black-sand beaches, islets and cays (pronounced "keys"), volcanoes, palm trees, coconut trees, pines, bamboo, lush deep green rainforests, pineapple and banana plantations, sugarcane, desert zones with dune formations, mighty mountain chains, limestone rock, sparkling blue/ turquoise waters, pristine coral reefs, underwater life, tropical fish, rum, sizzling nightlife, crawfish, lobster, calypso dancers, Conch Shells, cigars, exotic Abaco Parrots, Bahamian Iguanas, alligators, flamingoes, neon-yellow fish, billowing rainbow-colored sails, brightly painted roadside stands selling rice and beans, cabanas, sailing with regattas and races, scuba diving, snorkeling, beach bums, sailors, fisherman, pirates.

Location: You can hold this type of party indoors at a reception hall or outside in your own backyard - the choices are limitless! With our help you can create a tropical island paradise that is sure to have the steel drum bands banging at your door!  

Music

Junkanoo (the music of the Bahamas), invites dancing and good times. Folk music, calypso, jazz, blues, reggae and rock can be heard at hotels, restaurants and bars in the U.S. Virgin lslands. No Caribbean party would be complete without the music of reggae superstar Bob Marley of Jamaica.

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Caribbean Party Decorations

A ballroom or backyard pool area can easily be transformed into a tropical paradise or rainforest with tropical palms & tropical flowers like: Orchids, Heliconia or Bird of Paradise. Make your own balloon palm trees we have instruction for making both tabletop balloon palm trees & 7 ft balloon palm trees

Usage of small trees, such as the 5ft. Banana Tree, a 3ft. Palm Tree, or a Heliconia or Bird of Paradise arrangement has been very popular as centerpieces for a buffet table or salad bar.

Another idea we have used to add a Caribbean flair to tables is to cover the tops of the tables with colorful gossamer (use shades of royal blue, lime green, cerise, yellow, orange & etc.), each table in a different color. Then pin a RAFFIA TABLE SKIRT 30"x 108" round the edge of each table. To add a Caribbean touch to your raffia table skirt, lay the raffia skirt out, then lightly spray paint stripes on the raffia skirt in shades of royal blue, lime green, cerise, yellow, orange & etc. 

Centerpieces utilizing real fruits are very popular. In the Caribbean, exotic fruits have names like paw paw, star apple, sour sop, sweet sop, ortanique and...stinking toe. (We take for granted such fruits as papaya, pineapples, oranges, bananas, mangos and peaches.) Dig in!  Just place some bowls of these fruits on the tables for an edible centerpiece. 

Use a large footed glass bowl and fill with real pineapples for an exotic centerpiece. Add a couple of tall pillar candle holders on each side.

 A pineapple placed in the center of a real flower lei or silk flower lei with COCKTAIL UMBRELLAS ASST stuck into the pineapple is a simple arrangement. Add a coconut next to the pineapple for an additional accent. 

A table does not have to be fully lit. Adding a bowl of floating candles or dotting tealights around will provide atmosphere as well as gentle illumination. 

At some point during the planning stages of your event the subject of linens will arise. When it does stop and think of all the possibilities available to you. Remember the tops of the tables provide you with a very large surface area and covering them with a beautiful tablecloth is the easiest way to change the feel of a room. Beautiful elegant linens will transform your event location into a Caribbean paradise.  It is also the most cost effective way to decorate. Ten tables covered with an elegant theme tablecloth will transform your event location into a party paradise. Lovely table overlays can be used over coordinating solid colored tablecloths for an elegant, sophisticated look.

The Coral Reef Personalized Mint Tins are a colorful accent to any table and perfect Caribbean party favors. The 5/8 inch x 1 3/4 inch personalized mint tins include 0.45 ounces of peppermints. Each of the Coral Reef Mint Tins can be personalized with your own custom text. Minimum order quantity 12.

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You could also start out the truly tacky way and line your front yard with pink Flamingos. Your guests won't stop laughing until they get into their cars to leave! 

Palm Trees are a must for creating a tropical atmosphere. You can never have too many palm trees, mon!  Try these balloon palm tree instructions and make your own.

Place lots of tropical fruit around - large bunches of bananas, coconuts to add to the Caribbean theme. 

Make this Tropical Centerpiece from cucumbers, green peppers, pineapple, green leaves such as Boston fern, assorted flowers, citrus fruit wedges & purple grapes.

Beach towels would also be another economical decorating item - cover chairs with them, or place them in piles around the party site. 

Scatter seashells around some Tropical Centerpieces for a fun look. Conch shells are a perfect item to place on your buffet table.

A couple of sets
7" JEWEL TONE MARACAS on each table would add a cute flair. Who knows? Maybe your guests would actually get up and start their own rhythm! 

If you can, make buffet tables from surfboards.  Line STRAW BEACHCOMBER HATS with plastic wrap then fill them with different snacks for your guests - chips, nuts, etc. 


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Caribbean Party Favors

We already mentioned two great favors that add fun for your guests while they are partying - Tattoos and
Sunglasses. Here are some other ideas for appropriate favors for a jammin' Caribbean party theme! 

This STRAW BEACHCOMBER HATS has been most popular for the Hot, Hot, Hot music at this party. It's a Conga line favorite.

7" JEWEL TONE MARACAS  for a Caribbean favors.
 

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Caribbean Party Activities

Hey mon, for this party to really fly you will need to play up the rum and the reggae as much as possible! If your budget allows, hire a band to play reggae throughout the evening and your guests will not be able to contain themselves from getting up and dancing away! For a less expensive alternative, hire a DJ to play lots of reggae and beach music (Bob Marley, Jimmy Buffet, and the Beach Boys).

You may want to organize a beach volleyball tournament for your guests, or hold a limbo competition.

At the end of the evening, a bonfire would be a nice activity to do - especially if you are holding your party at the beach. Turn the music down a notch and grab some rum punch to relax to the soft rhythm in the background.

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Caribbean Party Food & Cake Ideas

Make small cards that have the names of the dishes you are serving on them and place them inside large shells to show what the selections are. Arrange the shells in various ways to add interest to the table. 

Here are some menu ideas that are sure to add a tropical flair to your event! 

Anything that includes crabmeat is an excellent choice! You could serve crab legs (if you wish to go all out!), crab salad, or crab dip for starters. 

Cucumber salad works well with this theme. 


Coconut fried shrimp is not only yummy, it is a perfect choice to enhance that island atmosphere you want to create! 

No Caribbean Party would be complete without topping the meal off with some cool key lime pie for dessert!


Caribbean Black Bean Stew

The tang of the citrus gives this otherwise fairly traditional Southwestern-style chili a taste of the Caribbean.

2 Tbs (30 ml) vegetable oil
2 onions, finely chopped
2-4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
3-4 chopped fresh jalapeno chilies, or to taste
2 15-oz (425 g each) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1 15-oz (425 g) can chopped tomatoes with their liquid
2 cups (500 ml) water
3/4 cup (180 ml) orange juice
1/4 cup (60 ml) lime or lemon juice
2 Tbs (30 ml) chili powder
2 Tbs (30 ml) ground cumin
2 tsp (10 ml) grated orange zest
1 tsp (5 ml) grated lime or lemon zest
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Optional garnishes:
Sour cream
Chopped cilantro (coriander leaves)
Chopped scallions (spring onions)
Lime wedges

Heat the oil in a large, heavy pot over moderate heat and saute the onions until lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Add
the garlic and jalapenos and cook, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.
Reduce the heat and simmer covered for 30 to 45 minutes. If you would like a thicker stew, mash some of the beans
against the side of the pot with the back of a spoon and stir them into the mixture. Serve with any or all of the optional
garnishes if desired. Serves 4 to 6.

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Caribbean Bananas

Lime juice and fresh lime zest add flavorful tang to the buttery-rum richness of this recipe. Grilling the bananas gives them a little bit of a smoky quality that is just right - not too overpowering. Our bananas were probably a little more ripe than they should have been, so we had a little trouble with breakage on the grill. To avoid that problem, choose bananas that are yellow, but still show some green near the stems.


Ingredients:

4 Tbs (60 ml) butter
1/4 cup (60 ml) dark rum
1/4 cup (60 ml) brown sugar
2 Tbs (30 ml) lime juice
The grated zest of 1 lime
1/2 tsp (2 ml) allspice
4 - 6 bananas, ripe but firm, peeled and halved crosswise


Preparation
Combine the butter, rum, brown sugar, lime juice and zest, and allspice in a saucepan and bring to a simmer over moderate heat.

Toss the bananas in the butter mixture to coat well and grill directly over hot coals for 4 to 5 minutes, turning 2 or 3 times. Return the bananas to the butter mixture and serve immediately.

Serves 4 to 6.
 

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Caribbean Drinks

We have already mentioned that rum is almost synonymous with the Caribbean and island activity! It is because of this, that you will want to consider serving these rum drinks as well as many others:

Rum Punch 
Rum and Coke 
Pina Coladas
Margaritas

Be sure to garnish each tropical drinks.

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