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At each placesetting, a favor box woven from lauhala straw rests on a breadfruit-printed napkin.The Details: Favor box, from $2; alohagiftsfromhawaii.com. Ribbon (on favor box), $3/5 yds; save-on-crafts.com. International Silver Co. “1810” flatware, $1,320 for a 5-piece setting; lifetimesterling.com. Pillivuyt “Basketweave” dinner plate, $112 for 4; williams-sonoma.com. 

At each placesetting, a favor box woven from lauhala straw rests on a breadfruit-printed napkin.The Details: Favor box, from $2; alohagiftsfromhawaii.com. Ribbon (on favor box), $3/5 yds; save-on-crafts.com. International Silver Co. “1810” flatware, $1,320 for a 5-piece setting; lifetimesterling.com. Pillivuyt “Basketweave” dinner plate, $112 for 4; williams-sonoma.com.

This tablescape is breathtaking enough to draw eyes away from its scenic backdrop. Even better, it’s a cinch to put together (the vessels are lightweight and ship anywhere affordably). We turned cut gourds into all-natural vases, filling them with phalaenopsis orchids and tropical leaves. Letting them take center stage, we set the rest of the table with simple glasses and silverware atop a breezy linen tablecloth. The Details: Gourds, $11 each; amishgourds.com. “Top Class Beverage” glas...

This tablescape is breathtaking enough to draw eyes away from its scenic backdrop. Even better, it’s a cinch to put together (the vessels are lightweight and ship anywhere affordably). We turned cut gourds into all-natural vases, filling them with phalaenopsis orchids and tropical leaves. Letting them take center stage, we set the rest of the table with simple glasses and silverware atop a breezy linen tablecloth. The Details: Gourds, $11 each; amishgourds.com. “Top Class Beverage” glas...

There’s no rule that says warm-weather cocktails must be served with tiny umbrellas. We updated tiki-bar faves with unexpected (and tastier) local garnishes, including passion fruit seeds sprinkled into a Passion Fruit French 75, a lychee resting on the rim of a Lychee and St-Germain Fizz, and a round of dried pineapple brightening up a Pineapple Coconut Mai Tai.

There’s no rule that says warm-weather cocktails must be served with tiny umbrellas. We updated tiki-bar faves with unexpected (and tastier) local garnishes, including passion fruit seeds sprinkled into a Passion Fruit French 75, a lychee resting on the rim of a Lychee and St-Germain Fizz, and a round of dried pineapple brightening up a Pineapple Coconut Mai Tai.

While island-hopping, we found that many seaside venues have a bamboo ceremony arch similar to this. One way to elevate it, Polynesian-style, is with DIY garlands made from a sand-friendly staple: grass skirts! The Details: Raffia skirting, $8; save-on-crafts.com. Lauhala mats, $30 each; sunsetbamboo.com.

While island-hopping, we found that many seaside venues have a bamboo ceremony arch similar to this. One way to elevate it, Polynesian-style, is with DIY garlands made from a sand-friendly staple: grass skirts! The Details: Raffia skirting, $8; save-on-crafts.com. Lauhala mats, $30 each; sunsetbamboo.com.

Whether you’re getting married on the sands of Maui or some other sun-kissed shore, or you simply love a laid-back tropical vibe, our DIY inspiration will decorate your day in a way that’s tastefully tiki and guaranteed to be terrific. 

Whether you’re getting married on the sands of Maui or some other sun-kissed shore, or you simply love a laid-back tropical vibe, our DIY inspiration will decorate your day in a way that’s tastefully tiki and guaranteed to be terrific.

To temporarily spruce up a space, drape wallpaper from a rod (we used Scalamandre’s “Venetian Carnival,” decoratorsbest.com), and wait for the magic to happen.

To temporarily spruce up a space, drape wallpaper from a rod (we used Scalamandre’s “Venetian Carnival,” decoratorsbest.com), and wait for the magic to happen.

Transform a plain wall into a colorful piñata-style collage by adhering an array of fluttery strips cut from sheets of paper, vellum, and foil.

Transform a plain wall into a colorful piñata-style collage by adhering an array of fluttery strips cut from sheets of paper, vellum, and foil.

Channel the easy glamour of the twenties and thirties with this stellar photo booth display. To make, cut foam board into a crescent shape, spray with glue, blanket with glitter, then hang with fishing wire.

Channel the easy glamour of the twenties and thirties with this stellar photo booth display. To make, cut foam board into a crescent shape, spray with glue, blanket with glitter, then hang with fishing wire.