CELEBRATE this summer with friends by laying on your own tropical party at home.
If everyone brings a bottle it will be cheaper than a night out, plus you can have fun dressing up and decorating your place.
Here’s how to throw a beach-style party on a budget.
FULL OF HOT AIR: Set the holiday scene with inflatable palm trees for £4.10 from superfunstuff.co.uk and flamingos for £1.99, from partyperfecto.co.uk.
TROPIC LIKE IT’S HOT: Wear tropical prints to elevate the beachy mood. Matalan has Hawaiian shirts for £10, while ASOS’s ribbed mini bodycon dress in palm print is down from £22 to £11. And eBay has a great selection of vintage and secondhand shirts, including the hilariously garish. I’ve seen some listed at auction starting at 99p.
SLICE OF THE ACTION: Throw Hawaiian pizzas in the oven for fuss-free catering. Morrisons Ham and Pineapple Stonebake pizzas are £1.45.
Serve snacks in pineapple-shaped plastic trays. A pack of five is £3.99, down from £8.99, at partyrama.co.uk. And Sainsbury’s Coconut & Raspberry Loaf Cake is a great sweet treat at £1.75.
MIX IT UP: Serve up Malibu and pineapple for a refreshingly easy win. A 70cl bottle of the white rum is down to £12 from £15 at Asda. To spend even less, a bottle of Aldi’s Cocobay Rum & Coconut is £5.49. A litre of The Juice Company pineapple juice is 75p at Aldi.
Coconut cream tins are £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. Leave out the rum for an equally tasty mocktail.
GAME ON: Once the drinks are flowing, it’s time for the games, and the laughs are 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 page correct at time of going to press. Deals and offers subject to availability.
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