Tropical Events: Reinventing the Themed Event South FL Style

Here in South FL we can’t escape the tropics. We have tropical weather, tropical food, easy access to Caribbean tropical destinations, and of course tropical EVENTS!

Many of our amazing local event professionals have become experts in reinventing the tropical event. Here’s what they have to say:

  1. Tropical events should always include one traditional element that evokes the tropics, but don’t be afraid to mix the other elements up. Try monsterra leaves and bright colors mixed with actual unique elements like cigar boxes, and mismatched chairs.- Lily Loveland, Tabletop Event Rentals
  2. Not all Tropical Events are created equal, a Latin Tropical event will defer from a Bahamian Tropical Event and or a Hawaiian Event. Knowing your demographics will save you embarrassment and a displeased client.
  3. Tropical cocktails are exotic, fruity and very colorful. Have fun with the container and use a hollowed coconut, pineapple or a watermelon for your beverage. Fresh fruit garnishes are a must for a natural tropical taste and look. When using an outdoor venue remember to include a cold, refreshing drink like our Backyard Lemonade. - Cathy Fox, 3J Hospitality
  4. Don’t forget to decorate your food stations. Natural elements, such as crates, burlap and palm fronds, give an authentic tropical vibe. Sand and food don’t mix, avoid the urge to use sand on your table unless it’s contained in vases. Throw away the plates and use unique vessels such as bamboo leaf boats and clam or scallop shaped shells. If it’s a beach or Hawaiian theme, use a surf board as your table. - Cathy Fox, 3J Hospitality
  5. “Tropical events call for light, bright and colorful food displays and lots of finger foods too. Keep in mind what demographic of tropics you are representing to stay the course with your theme. Remember, you feast with your eyes before you feast with your palette. So use the beautiful food as decor and keep replenishing as the event goes on!” - Stacy Babb, Truluck’s Restaurant Group
  6. “We find clients want quite a variety of different things when they ask for a tropical event! For example, for more modern tropical events, we use a bold geometric pattern as a central feature of the decor. Recently, for a Havana Nights Themed Event, we added a cafecito break where we passed around shots of Cuban coffee straight from a local Cuban bakery. Havana Nights might be one of our best selling event themes, but we’ve literally never done it the same way twice!” - Erin Branham, A2 Events

Clearly, the tropics are inspiring! Why not come visit South FL to see some of it in person!


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