January 8, 2010

A Trip to the Tropics (Without the Airfare)

Around this time every year my internal thermometer tells me that it is time to take a trip to the tropics. How I long to feel the sun shining on my skin and the sand between my toes! I'd so love to spend my day relaxing in the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean with a (virgin) banana daiquiri in hand. Alas, like many others, a swanky vacation is just not in my cards this year. But just because I cannot take a trip to the islands, doesn't mean they cannot come to me!

Warm up your winter (and give your friends a break from the blizzards) with a tropical-themed party filled with coconuts, palm trees, hibiscus flowers and fruity, frozen drinks.

Winter Tropics

  • Rent out a party space featuring an indoor pool at your local country club or an area hotel, and decorate it with palm trees and tropical flowers to make it feel more lush -- The Palace Malta
  • The citrus and palm design on this Lilly Pulitzer plate makes it perfect for a tropical gathering -- FineStationery.com
  • Request that guests come prepared with colorful cover-ups and swimsuits -- Saks Fifth Avenue
  • Decorate your tables in vibrant colors of hot pink, lime green and orange, and provide each guest with a lei of their own -- Backyard Escapes