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...
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.
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.
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.