For a casual yet hip theme, put on a Caribbean themed birthday party! It’s easier than you think because we suggest hosting a super-casual cocktail party with just some light snacks and finger foods that are fast to prepare. And to make it fun, style it with a sunny Caribbean theme that you can toss together in no time with some of our practical ideas!
Consider Easy Yet Stylish Appetizers
Start off with planning some easy-to-prep hors d’oeuvres, mini sandwiches, or finger foods. Our team found these scrumptious recipes that are sure to make a hit!
- Caribbean Veggie Wraps
- Jamaican Jerk Chicken Skewers
- Mini Salmon Mango Sliders
- Caribbean BBQ Ham Sandwich
- Caribbean Shrimp Bites
After considering your appetizers, you may also want to shop for some bags of yummy pop-in-your-mouth munchies for guests to enjoy. Some great ideas would be:
- glazed or candied pecans
- roasted cashews
- macadamia nuts
- sweet and spicy cocktail nut mixes
- crunchy banana chips
Pour these into banana leaf-lined wooden bowls (of course, glass or ceramic ones would do just fine!), and set these out on tables for guests to pick and choose from. Have those nifty “bag clips” on hand to keep the standby refills fresh and crisp!
Serve Chilled Fresh Fruit Cups
Cups of fresh fruit in season are super-easy to prepare—plus, they’re refreshing and healthy! Check out your nearest grocery or farmer’s market for what’s available, and choose fruits that are as attractive as they are delicious.
- For eye-catching color, look for watermelon, pineapple, mandarin oranges, papaya, and kiwi.
- For some sweetness, consider banana, mango, and cantaloupe.
- For a hint of crispiness, add apples and pears.
Cut these up into bite-size chunks, toss together gently in a large bowl, and chill for at least an hour before the party. Spoon the fruit mix into compote glasses or sorbet cups, and garnish with jaunty paper parasols!
Offer Up Sweets “Caribbean Style”
Sweet treats are always welcome at a party—and best of all, many come right out of a pack! Set them out for guests to enjoy right there, and have some more prettily packaged as take-home favors. Take your pick of the many fruit-flavored candies available like sugared orange slices.
Don’t Forget the Drinks: Think Cool Cocktails
There’s just something special about a refreshing cocktail at a summer party. Could it be that the flavors of the Caribbean are beckoning? Try these wonderful ideas: