A Tropical Holiday Twist!

Check out this Hawaiian-inspired holiday party mash-up from Lynlee’s Petite Cakes!

To celebrate my surfer husband’s December birthday, I created a dessert table with a bit of a tropical Christmas theme! I focused on warm, Hawaiian-inspired decor by pairing traditional Christmas colors of red and green and some yellows/golds for a pop, along with neutrals to reflect the sand and natural elements. I utilized burlap fabric as a table covering, along with a strip in the center of the background to add some texture behind the floral arrangement.

Following along with the melding of island life with the holidays, I took the traditional gingerbread house and converted it into a surf shack! To save time, I purchased an already baked house and added fondant decorations, such as a palm tree with a string of lights. When I was browsing through the “dollar” aisles at Target, I found some accessories to decorate your own snowman, so placed it on some white cotton candy to show it melting in the hot, tropical sun!

The adorable “Mele Kalikimaka” Santa tags came from Starynight that so graciously offers free graphic downloads for digital scrapbooking and were held up by little ornament holders from Michaels.

The fondant cupcake toppers included Santa making “sand angels and Rudolph wearing a lei, among other tropical and holiday designs. They topped chocolate “lava” cupcakes and were displayed in wooden bowls with brown sugar to resemble sand.

Some other treats offered were pineapple cakes topped with fondant gingerbread men and women, decked out in their bathing suits and laying out and catching some rays on their fondant towels. We also had rice marshmallow treats serving as a stage for the hula dancing penguins, along with fondant surfboards and flowers!

Accents on the table included the centerpiece arrangement with traditional palm leaves and red birds of paradise embellished with glittery red and gold bulbs. I also purchased some empty glass ornaments, which I filled with sand and seashells. I had also seen a commercial on t.v.by Big Lots for these hilarious guitar-shaped Elvis containers filled with popcorn that I just had to have! I utilized some cute Tommy Bahama pilsner glasses and filled them with small ornaments, topped off with a pineapple ornament. Additionally, I used some items I already had as decor, such as beach bags and the perfect starfish ornament painted as Santa that usually adorns our Christmas tree!

As favors, we gave away Egg Nog in a Bag from Cost Plus World Market that, as the bag reads, you can simply “shake, freeze and squeeze”! Also from the Target dollar bins were some liqueur-infused chocolate boxes.

I had so much fun with this theme that was so fitting for both my husband and the holidays! We, of course, listened to Bing Crosby’s classic “Mele Kalikimaka” song since it’s “Hawaii’s way to say Merry Christmas to you”!!!

Merci beaucoup!

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  1. Love this! Such a creative idea. Just when I think I have seen it all…..

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