How to throw a Tiki Party

I’ve always wanted to throw a Tiki Party.

Reason number one, I’m an absolute fiend for pineapple. Whenever there is a leftover fruit tray from executive meetings at work, I’m the one rolling up like a vulture and scooping up the pineapple first. Sorry honeydew, you’re terrible.

Reason number two, it’s winter. In winter, people need at least one night of feeling like it’s not a freezing hellscape.

Reason number three, it’s my birthday month. Yes, I said birthday month. As previously elaborated in an earlier post – my birthday is in early January. The absolute worst time to have a birthday (Christmas babies, feel free to counter).

I wanted people to be well past their New Year’s hangovers and ready for a fun night.


I spent a month planning this party, dubbed Tacky Tiki Time in my Facebook invite.

It was a lot of work, but it really didn’t work out to be too expensive.

I scoured Amazon and the Dollarama for cheap, cheerful decor. I made a lot of it by hand (thank you, tissue paper). I followed the grocery store flyers religiously and filled my canvas bag so full of $1.50 pineapples, I couldn’t even make the walk home. $1.50 is an absolutely phenomenal deal for a whole pineapple.

I had so much fun and I’m so appreciative to everyone who showed up (and especially thrilled they all haven’t blocked me on Facebook from the sheer volume of Tiki-themed recipes I’ve been posting).


If you’re looking for a way to beat the winter blues, or, you just really love pineapples, I recommend a Tiki Party. It’s fun and festive. Plus, it can be done on the cheap!

If you like the look of mine, here is exactly what you need to pull it off:

Coconut rum and mini party umbrellas for this sweet, oh-so-dangerous Tropical Rum Punch for welcoming people in true tiki fashion.
Recipe here.


You’ll need something very beach-y. Picture a luau. Is it at the beach? Of course it is! That’s why these Beach Cupcakes are my ode to the ocean. A little bit of sweet sand and shoreline, with tons of shimmer.
Recipe here.


On the beach theme, what’s a beach without an errant sea creature? I served my favourite Avocado Cream Dip in this cute little crab. Watch out for his red pepper claws!
Recipe here.


Like I said before, this party was heavy on the pineapple. This Pineapple Jalapeno Cheese Ball is an absolute Tiki Party showstopper. Plus, it’s an incredible, weird combination that tastes so not weird.
Recipe here.


In addition to chasing just about everything with a bite of cheese ball, I also double-fisted these sweet little Cherry Coconut Cupcakes. They are full of coconut flavour and brighten up the table with pops of pink.
Recipe here.


Remember when I said there was a lot of pineapple at this party – twice? Well, there was also pineapple in the barbecue sauce for these Hawaiian Pork Meatballs. Tangy, a little smoky and totally addictive.
Recipe here.


This party also got a bit of Caribbean flavour (I know, far from the Polynesian origins of tiki festivities) with these Jerk-Spiced Chips and Pineapple Salsa. Refreshing, unique and not too spicy.
Recipe here.


Apart from these recipes, I also stocked my party table with theme-appropriate candy. I had grapefruit slices, blue whales, gummy sharks and gummy bananas.

I made tons of glittery pineapple garlands out of Dollar Store paper and a tissue paper flamingo named Pam. She was a good sport about the noise.

I absolutely loved planning this party. I hope it inspires you to have a Tacky Tiki Time of your own.

Thank you so much for reading!




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  4. Happy belated birthday! What a lovely party you threw! Love the Tiki theme in the middle of winter, it is so colorful and the flavors of your sweet and savory food are so fresh and bright! Pinned and yummed, too!

  5. Hi Hilary! 🙂 This tiki party looks awesomely beautiful! I looove tropical, tiki themed things (I love palm trees and coconuts) so I’d be all over this, especially the coconut cherry cupcakes and crab dip which is so stinkin’ cute. I’d be such a downer on the fresh pineapple party though as I’m allergic! I can eat pineapple in a can or baked or cooked or dried, but not fresh. So I’d be that fun girl hanging out by the crab dip lol. Gorgeous job! 🙂

    • Oh no! A pineapple allergy is a travesty, but it’s definitely not the first one I’ve heard of. Thanks so much for stopping by the blog!