Mele Kalikimaka!

My husband’s birth­day is in the month of Decem­ber and since he’s a surfer boy (which is a tad chal­leng­ing see­ing as we live in the desert!), I thought I would add a bit of a trop­i­cal Christ­mas theme to the fes­tiv­i­ties! Since this month has been extremely hec­tic and jam-packed, we decided to go for a cel­e­bra­tory din­ner and return home for the most impor­tant part: dessert!
I focused on trop­i­cal, Hawaiian-inspired decor by pair­ing tra­di­tional Christ­mas col­ors of red and green and some yellows/golds for a pop, along with neu­trals to reflect the sand and nat­ural ele­ments. I uti­lized burlap fab­ric as a table cov­er­ing, along with a strip in the cen­ter of the back­ground that not only added some tex­ture, but also hid a cab­i­net in our din­ing area!
Fol­low­ing along with the meld­ing of island life with the hol­i­days, I took the tra­di­tional gin­ger­bread house and con­verted it into a surf shack! To save time, I pur­chased an already baked house and added fon­dant dec­o­ra­tions, such as a palm tree with a string of lights. When I was brows­ing through the “dol­lar” aisles at Tar­get, I found some acces­sories to dec­o­rate your own snow­man, so placed it on some white cot­ton candy to show it melt­ing in the hot, trop­i­cal sun!
The adorable “Mele Kaliki­maka” Santa tags came from Starynight that so gra­ciously offers free graphic down­loads for dig­i­tal scrap­book­ing. The lit­tle orna­ment hold­ers came from Michaels, which I found at 50% off in the dol­lar sec­tion. Love great finds AND deals!!!
The fon­dant cup­cake top­pers included Santa mak­ing “sand angels and Rudolph wear­ing a lei, among other trop­i­cal and hol­i­day designs. They topped choco­late “lava” cup­cakes and were dis­played in wooden bowls with brown sugar to resem­ble sand.
Some other treats offered were pineap­ple cakes topped with fon­dant gin­ger­bread men and women, decked out in their bathing suits and lay­ing out and catch­ing some rays on their fon­dant tow­els. We also had rice marsh­mal­low treats serv­ing as a stage for the hula danc­ing pen­guins, along with fon­dant surf­boards and flowers!
Accents on the table included the cen­ter­piece arrange­ment with tra­di­tional palm leaves and red birds of par­adise embell­ished with glit­tery red and gold bulbs. I also pur­chased some empty glass orna­ments, which I filled with sand and seashells (left­over from the mer­maid lagoon sta­tion from my daughter’s Find­ing Nev­er­land party ear­lier this year ~ I love it when I can re-use sup­plies!). I had also seen a com­mer­cial on Big Lots for these hilar­i­ous guitar-shaped Elvis con­tain­ers filled with pop­corn that I just had to have! My sister-in-law had given us some cute Tommy Bahama pil­sner glasses and I filled them with small orna­ments, topped off with a pineap­ple orna­ment. Addi­tion­ally, I used some items I already had as decor, such as beach bags and the per­fect starfish orna­ment painted as Santa that usu­ally adorns our Christ­mas tree!
As favors, we gave away Egg Nog in a Bag from Cost Plus World Mar­ket that, as the bag reads, you can sim­ply “shake, freeze and squeeze”! Also from the Tar­get dol­lar bins were some liqueur-infused choco­late boxes.
I had so much fun with this theme that was so fit­ting for both my hus­band and the hol­i­days! We, of course, lis­tened to Bing Crosby’s clas­sic “Mele Kaliki­maka” song since it’s “Hawaii’s way to say Merry Christ­mas to you”!!!

Merci Beau­coup!

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  1. So love this!!! What a great take on Christ­mas! and of course, the desserts are devine. :)

  2. Lyn­lee, this is so cre­ative! Love it!

  3. Such a cre­ative theme!

  4. So funny and “tongue in cheek” theme!! LOVE it as always!!
    YOU are GENIUS my Lynlee! :)

  5. C’est trop beau !

  6. Dina - Deliciously Darling Events says:

    Adorable! <3 it.

  7. Your ‘Miss Piggy in Paris’ led me to ‘Trop­i­cal Xmas’…I might men­tion one or both (with 1 of your pho­tos) on ‘Serge the Concierge’ if you don’t mind.

    You should like this Wooly Baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph, DIY Christ­mas Scene with Kni­tiv­ity on ‘Serge the Concierge’

    A bien­tot

    Serge Lescouarnec
    Food, Wine, Travel since March 2005

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  8. Um, the cutest! Reminds me of Christ­mas Vacation! :)

  9. Mahalo to every­one for the absolutely sweet and kind com­pli­ments! I really had so much fun with this!!! So happy you like it! Happy Holidays! ♥

  10. I love this whole post. So cre­ative and that melted snow­man is adorable! What a fab­u­lous way to shake up the hol­i­days. Such amaz­ing work.

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