a traditional cruise walking plank up to your front door (this
will be a lot easier if you have soil/dirt on both sides of
the walkway leading up to the front door.) Using standard
PVC pipe and joints from your local hardware store (see the
plumbing section for the joints), cut pieces approximately
waist high (keeping in mind your guests whether adults or
children.) By connecting the pieces in with the T joints every
couple of feet on both sides, you'll create a white hand railing,
not unlike those found on ramps boarding cruise ships!
are known for their wonderful buffets. Provide the food for
your party buffet style. As added fun, ask your guests to
each bring a dish for the buffet. You can either leave it
open for your guests to bring their best dish or have a theme
such as "Sailing Around the World" with each guest
instructed to bring a dish from another country.
are also known for entertainment. Arrange ahead of time for
your guests to participate in a talent show. In the party
invitations mention that you'd like to feature your guests'
talent and that if they are interested in participating to
let you know. Make sure to keep the acts to five minutes or
less to 'keep the show rolling.'
your local public library and check out different books on
cruises and different exotic travel destinations. These look
great as part of table centerpieces or as general decorations
placed throughout your party area. They can either be laying
flat or they can also be propped up in a half open fashion
(remember to visit both the children's AND adult's section
of the library.)
can create a whole 'travel' vacation feel by decorating the
entrance to your event or party like a travel agency or airport.
Have the song 'Vacation' playing. The invitations could look
like airplane tickets or travel itineraries (from a travel
agency) to your port. Travel posters can also be made by blowing
up tropical scenes/pictures (National Geographic magazine
is an excellent source for these.) Put words on these such
as "Book your flight today!"
candles when night is falling looks especially nice.
and beach clothes are fun to wear to a luau or beach party.
However, they also look great hanging on the walls! You can
either hang shirts (with the hangers still in them for added
support) by themselves or with a pair of beach comber pants
like Oriental Trading Company have cheap plastic leis that
you can purchase VERY inexpensively. Buy a gross of these
little guys and they make great decorations to hang throughout
the party or event location.