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The New Trends in Tiki Decor

Ditch the grass skirts and embrace sophisticated palm leaf motifs

This summer’s hottest decor trend is the same thing as the summer’s hottest drink trend: tropical. Retro palm prints and sunny hues have popped up on everything from wallpaper to chairs, creating the perfect backdrop for toasting endless Mai Tais. It’s a trend that translates well to summer entertaining, since tiki parties and hot weather go together like piña coladas and vacations.

But for far too long, tiki parties have suffered from trite clichés that detract from the experience. Hula girls and tiki torches feel like they belong at a college bar, not a stylish gathering. But it is possible to stage a sophisticated modern tiki party—just take inspiration from luxurious vintage haunts like the legendary Trader Vic’s or the The Beverly Hills Hotel.

It all starts with a refined color palette of white, pale pink, seafoam green and dark green. From there, luminarias cast a glamorous glow, while on–trend palm leaves add just the right tropical touch. After the well–designed setting is in place, guests can slow down and enjoy cocktails made with DOLE® Canned Pineapple Juice, like Island Rum Punch—they’ll taste great and be photo ready for your feed. Watch the video above for more modern tiki party ideas, then get your creative juices flowing with a classic Hurricane.

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