Tropical Theme Birthday Party Activities

by Amanda Williams
If you can't bring the party to the tropics, bring the tropics to the party!

If you can't bring the party to the tropics, bring the tropics to the party!

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The tropics are often associated with relaxation, good times with friends and outdoor fun. When celebrating your birthday, consider a tropical theme for your party. Tropical themes are great for both indoor and outdoor celebrations during any season of the year. Bring the fun and sun into your home or backyard with your birthday celebration.

Arrival Activties

Guests attending your party are usually from various facets of your life. Co-workers, family members, good friends, neighbors and spouses and children of your guests make an appearance at your party. To help guests mingle, arrange some tropical-themed party arrival activities. Make blank name tags out of palm trees or tropical flowers crafted from paper or foam for guests to fill in with their name and how they know you. Set out a "guess how many" jar filled with seashells for people to guess how many shells there are to win a prize.


Tailor your tropical birthday party games to the interests and ages of your party guests. A piñata in the shape of a toucan, monkey or palm tree is a fun activity for guests of all ages. Hold a dress-up competition with grass skirts, Hawaiian shirts, tiki masks, leis and coconut tops. Award the best costume with a prize. Do the limbo to tropical beats provided by a DJ. Instead of the hot potato game, play "pass the coconut."

Petting Zoo

Petting zoos aren't just for kids. There are zoological companies that send exotic animals with experienced animal handlers to your home for party entertainment. Animals include but are not limited to monkeys, tigers, snakes, exotic birds and leopards. Guests are able to feed, handle and take pictures with some of the animals, as directed by their handlers.

Party Food

Set out tropical appetizers such as crab pasta salad and a fruit tray with sliced pineapples, honeydew melons, kiwis and grapefruits. Tropical-themed entrees include choices such as fish, shrimp tacos, ham and pineapple kabobs, pineapple chicken and rice. Dessert ideas include banana nut muffins, fruit salad and fruit flan. A rain forest-decorated cake ties together your tropical menu. Serve tropical drinks such as fruit smoothies, piña coladas, daiquiris and pineapple juice for kids.

About the Author

Amanda Williams has been writing since 2009 on various writing websites and blogging since 2003. She enjoys writing about health, medicine, education and home and garden topics. Williams earned a Bachelor of Science in biology at East Stroudsburg University in May 2013. Williams is also a certified emergency medical technician.

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