CELEBRATE this summer with friends by hosting your own tropical party at home.
If everyone brings a bottle, it’ll be cheaper than a party, plus you can have fun dressing up and decorating your place.
Here’s how to throw a beach-style party on a budget.
TROPIC HOW HOT IT IS: Wear tropical prints to enhance the seaside vibe. Matalan has Hawaiian shirts for £10, while ASOS’ ribbed bodycon mini dress in a palm tree print is down from £22 to £11. And eBay has a huge selection of vintage and used shirts, including the garish ones. I’ve seen a few at auction starting at 99p.
ACTION SLICE: Throw Hawaiian pizzas in the oven for hassle-free catering. Morrisons Ham and Pineapple Stonebake pizzas cost £1.45.
Serve snacks in plastic trays shaped like pineapples. A five-pack costs £3.99, up from £8.99, at partyrama.co.uk. And Sainsbury’s Coconut Raspberry Bread Cake is a great sweet treat at £1.75.
TO MIX TOGETHER: Serve Malibu and pineapple for a refreshing and easy win. A 70cl bottle of white rum is down to £12 from £15 at Asda. To spend even less, a bottle of Aldi’s Cocobay Rum & Coconut costs £5.49. A liter of The Juice Company pineapple juice costs 75 pence at Aldi.
Tins of coconut cream cost £1.05 at Tesco, and you can also use the rum and juice to create pina coladas.
This classic cocktail is simply one part cream, one part rum, and two parts juice, then ice to serve. Forget the rum for an equally tasty mocktail.
GAME ON: Once the drinks are poured, it’s game time, and laughter is guaranteed with Limbo.
The range has an inflatable set with stand for £8.99, or partyrama.co.uk has a six-foot inflatable stick for £1.99, which can be held by two adults.
- All prices on the page are correct at time of printing. Promotions and offers subject to availability.
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