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Gavin's Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room Birthday (15 photos)
After we had a fun family trip to Disneyland in April of this year, my son decided that the Enchanted Tiki Room was his favorite Disney ride and that was to be the theme of his next birthday party. I was ecstatic-finally a party theme that wasn't based on a superhero or dinosaur. So I started collecting Tiki theme items and it all started coming together. I hosted 2 parties on the sames day- a kid party at noon and a family party in the evening. I used my parent's house as the venue because it has a beautiful pool and patio and lots of grassy space that I can set up a bouncy house and lots of tables.
My desserts were the favorite part of my planning. I made a large chocolate layered cake using the 8"and 10" Wilton pans. I used Pirouette cookies around the perimeter of the cake to resemble bamboo and topped it with a Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room topper. This kind of set the stage for my table. I ordered Tiki Room posters off ebay and framed them over a background of burlap. I also used burlap as the table runners. The bamboo trays were my great-grandmother's and were the prefect way to display the peanut butter Ritz dipped cookies and palm tree shaped rice krispie treats. I also displayed Parrot sugar cookies on these trays. I made an arrangement of Tiki room inspired flowers and topped that with a paper parrot. These parrots were also used to decorate the white tent I set up to shade my party goers. I baked vanilla cupcakes and topped them with paper pineapple toppers and served them with pineapples sherbet (with umbrellas) in glass sundae dishes that used to be my grandmothers. I dipped Oreas in bright blue candy melts and sprinkled them with brights sprinkles. They were in a burlap lined tray and added a nice pop of color to the table. Other fun things I used to decorate were pineapples, tropical plants and some Tiki idols bought once on a cruise to Puerto Rico.
I set up a large white tent and decoarted it with all things Tiki. I had thatched umbrellas and tiki torches set up all over and the kids enjoyed swimming and bouncing in the bouncy house. We had Disney music in the background and it really felt like we were there! After the kids left I just spruced up my dessert table and set out new food for party number 2. I added a menu of pulled pork sandwiches on Hawaiian rolls with coleslaw, potato salad and Hawaiian baked beans.
Overall I loved mixing old and new elements. Fun Disney touches without being TOO Disney. I have never seen a Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room party, so it was fun to come up with my own creative touches.