How to Set Up a Tropical Bar in Your Backyard for Summer Entertaining

Get those sunglasses and straw hats ready. This is one super-sunny post on how to prep for summer entertaining at home with a tropical bar in your backyard! That’s right, even if just family members gather outdoors for a picnic or a day in the pool, how cool (literally!) would it be to serve ice-cold fruit juices, iced tea, and summer cocktails right at your backyard bar counter?

Remember our tiki bar inspiration from a few summers past? Well, we’ve got more hot ideas for you now. From the easy essentials you’ll need to get that tropical island vibe, all the way to colorful serve ware and bar accessories for enjoying your summer refreshments in style! (*this post contains affiliate links)

Tiki Bar Inspiration for Your Backyard Tropical Bar

Combine basics you can buy with those you can DIY. Start with these amazing finds, then add your own ideas for bringing the tropics to your backyard.

Tropical Bar Ideas for Backyard

For an instant mini bar you can roll out to your garden, how fabulous is this Twin Palms Cable Beach Cart (1) from Amazon? Or you can transform an outdoor counter or table with this Tropical Decorating Kit (2) also from Amazon, that includes a tiki hut structure, faux thatched roof, and hibiscus flower garland.

But if you’re handy with woodworking, check out this tutorial from Dunn Lumber for how to build a DIY tiki bar (3) from scratch. 

Whether ready-made or home-made, your bar will need fun island-inspired decorations (4) like these spotted on Frog Prince Paperie grass table skirting, coconut cups, a palm tree cutout, an inflatable surfboard, a pineapple wearing shades, and leis in every color!

And for tiki bar ware (5), you can’t go wrong with Dollar Tree’s brightly-colored tumblers, margarita glasses, luau lidded glasses with straws, and tiki cups. Sure to make your tropical bar drinks look like you’re "sippin’ on sunshine"!

Added Tropical Touches for Your Backyard Bar

Easy tropical bar essentials

Make your tropical drinks bar (6) extra inviting with a vaseful of bright blooms and a bar sign in an abalone shell frame (available at The Bellenza SHOP). You could add a "fishnet" backdrop (7) inspired by Oh My! Creative, to hang more fun accents like 3D letters, palm leaves, and seashells. And for coordinated accessories, Crissy’s Crafts shows how using themed party supplies (8) like this Pineapple Punch set from Party Pail—with matching napkins, cups, parasol picks, honeycomb decorations, and more—complete the summer look!

For more summer entertaining ideas with your tropical bar, check out these posts, too:

Host a Sun-sational Tiki Birthday Party

Tiki Bar Appetizers: Easy Recipes that Go All Out with Flavor

Blue Cocktails + Appetizers for a Poolside Cocktail Party