Tiki Party Ideas
Tropical Fruit Centerpiece
Set in a carved-out log, this edible centerpiece features an arrangement of melons, pineapples, and other tropical fruits. Orchids fitted into floral vials and citrus leaves are then tucked into the crevices.
A tiki bar classic made famous by Trader Vic's, this combination of light and dark rums, orange curacao, orgeat syrup, and lime juice kicks off the party.
Pineapple and Mango Rum Cocktails
Pureed fresh mangos, pineapple juice, and golden rum make a simple and refreshing tropical cocktail. You can make a big batch of the mango-rum puree ahead of time so you’ll be party-ready when guests arrive.
The Hula Coola
Party guests of all ages will be inspired to dance the hula when you hand them our version of virgin pina coladas, topped with toasted coconut.
The centerpiece of any Polynesian party, this pupu platter is piled with baby pork ribs, shrimp toast, glazed chicken wings, pot stickers, and tropical fruit.
Sweet-and-Sour Chicken Wings
Ginger and sesame seeds add exotic notes to these tangy-sweet wings.
Pork-and-Chive Pot Stickers
Here's the quintessential pot sticker, stuffed with ground pork well seasoned by chives, sherry, soy sauce, sesame oil, and ginger. The uncooked dumplings keep very well in the freezer, so go ahead and make a double batch.
Crispy Coconut Shrimp
Shredded coconut and breadcrumbs form a crispy, slightly sweet coating on these irresistible fried shrimp. Serve with two dipping sauces: sweet and sour, and yogurt-curry.
Grilled Tuna Skewers
Cubes of yellowfin tuna absorb the bright flavors of lime juice and cilantro in a quick marinade before hitting the grill. This light appetizer takes just 20 minutes to prepare.
Spring Rolls with Carrot-Ginger Dipping Sauce
Roll up red bell pepper, beets, carrot, daikon, cucumber, and radish sprouts in delicate rice paper wrappers and serve with a tangy ginger-soy dipping sauce. This vegetarian appetizer can be prepared a few hours in advance, or you can let your guests have fun making their own spring rolls.
Chicken Satay with Peanut-Chutney Sauce
A creamy, tangy sauce of peanut butter, mango chutney, lime juice, garlic, and soy sauce gives these chicken breast skewers irresistible appeal. In place of the chicken, you can also use beef, lamb, salmon, shrimp, or extra-firm tofu.
Spicy Grilled Shrimp
Lime zest, chili paste, and Asian fish sauce infuse the glaze of grilled shrimp. Serve these skewers as an appetizer or add them to a cold noodle salad.
Chocolate-Dipped Macadamia Cookies
Macadamia nuts, one of Hawaii’s most famous crops, add rich crunch to icebox cookies. After dipping the baked cookies in melted chocolate, sprinkle them with toasted coconut or chopped dried pineapple for an extra taste of the tropics.
When baked Alaska travels to the South Seas, it takes on the shape of a volcano. Slice into the mountain of toasted meringue to reveal “volcanic soil” (chocolate cookie crumbs) topped with five layers of tropical sorbet -- try mango, pineapple, coconut, banana, and passion fruit, or the flavors of your choice.