Ten Tropical, Cost-Saving Tabletop Decorating Touches for Your Party or Casual Wedding Reception

I discovered these tropical decorating ideas while helping plan an event very close to my heart…

Lovely Mom and Dashing Richard during their tropical wedding:)

My wonderful Mom was married to her very sweet beau, Richard, this summer.  The loving couple had a simple, enchanting, homemade, fun, tropical wedding and reception. The affair was filled with love and tropical beauty.

A sample of the tabletop decorations. Photo courtesy of Wendy Maus©.


Pardon me for the tropical interruption.  This seemed like a good place for a video of Stone Calypso Medley – Trinidad&Tobago – Steel drums.

Plan Your Own Party in Paradise with Ten Ideas for Tabletop Tropical Touches
1. Splash Everything in Tropical Colors.

Color the party fun and festive with bowls and other serving pieces in the blue/green pallate, accented with crisp white.   

Pop in tropical colored serving dishes.

Great serving spoons were found at a dollar store.

Multi-colored serving pieces


2. Scatter Fabulous, Decorative Fish Nets.  They can be found at dollar stores and used over plain white tablecloths for a tropical touch.  Try them for a tropical wall decorations.

Decorative fishing net reely (little fishing humor) adds the tropical feel


3. Sprinkle sea glass. I found small packages of it at Michael’s for around a dollar.

Sea glass sparkles in your tropical centerpiece


4. Beautiful Baskets, Crazy Useful. You could fill them with tropical colored napkins, an arrangement, or to hold chips or bread.


Baskets, versatile and tropical

5. Put it All in Positively Perfect and Multipurpose Pails. They’re available in all sizes and colors and can be used for everything from holding arrangements to silverware and drinks.


These pails are perfect for tropical party tables.

6. Flexible, Fabulous, Faux Foliage.  We found ours at a dollar store and they really amp up the tropical feel.

Fabulous Faux Tropical Foliage


7. Burlap, Not Just for Bags Anymore. A great layering piece.  We used a 1’ x 1’ square as an inexpensive starting point for a tropical centerpiece.

Burlap is versatile, for a runner, an easy gathering piece for a tropical arrangement of a small accent under a vase.

8. Bouncy, Beach Balls.  Scatter on the tables or fill the pool with these playful, always tropical, adorable additions.

Beach balls add fun to a tropical table top.


9. Lanterns, Some Light Up for Extra Pizzazz.  I found these little ones at CVS, they’re tropical, add interest and beautiful at night.

These lanterns were extra special because they were small enough to fit nicely on a tabletop. They ran on batteries and they changed colors.


10. Fish Decorations, Plates, and Bowls.  They are just tropical and cute


Fun fish serving pieces and decorations


Wishing you a wonderful party.  I hope these suggestions helped you create a fun, tropical get-together.

If you have a tropical tabletop idea you’d like to share, please let us know in the comments.  Also, If you have any tropical party ideas or stories, please share. I love to hear from you and discover new decorating tips.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


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6 thoughts on “Ten Tropical, Cost-Saving Tabletop Decorating Touches for Your Party or Casual Wedding Reception

  1. Sensational, sunny ideas! I love theme parties and you can’t go wrong with tropical!
    Looks like you had a wonderful event.

    • Thanks so much, Suzy.

      The wedding was full of love, fun and very tropical.

  2. Great ideas! I’m calling you when I throw my next party!

    • Thanks, Sharon! I’m in, especially for a tropical party:)

  3. Kristi:
    Congratulations to your Mom’s on her wedding. If your decorating ideas were what you used for the wedding celebration, it must have been quite a fun party. Your posts are always so colorful and uplifiting and I always enjoy the tropical inspiration. Good luck with your writing.

    • Hi David:

      I passed along your congratulations. You are so thoughtful.

      Thanks for the kind words, we used almost all of the ideas for the wedding. It was a fun, family and close friends affair.

      Thank you so much for stopping by. I’m looking forward to another one of your fun journeys blogged on your great site.


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