If it's Summer, it must be Tiki Time!

tiki barTrue summer relaxation is a day lounging on the hot sandy beaches of the Caribbean. Unfortunately, that's not possible for most of us, so the next best thing is a tropical getaway in your own backyard. Go Tiki for fun-loving island-style!

Tiki bars and seating, Polynesian candles, tableware and linens along with the classic Tiki torches combine to create the perfect tropical setting. Add some bamboo furniture and tropical rattan outdoor rugs to complete your tropical patio. Vintage Tiki style includes an eclectic mix of paradise holiday memorabilia such as coconut mugs and polynesian string lights.

Tiki style can be decidedly nostalgic in re-creating a Polynesian theme reminiscent of the 30's and 40's ~ or you can go with a modern interpretation of Tiki elements in contemporary materials.

tiki torchesTiki Torches

The classic island Tiki torch that lit up many a breezy tropical evening is still available in traditional bamboo. For added sturdiness and durability iron stakes are combined with the bamboo. Torches are an excellent choice for flexible outdoor lighting that can be moved around to suit your needs.

For a contemporary version, the Tiki torch shape is produced in copper or stainless steel. Add the practical benefits of solar power and you have truly modern Tiki torches in your up-to-date decor.

Tiki Bars

Bamboo Tiki Bar Friends gather around your own Poynesian Tiki bar for a fruit bowl and coffee at breakfast or a mai-tai after a hot summer day. For a fun tropical party or special celebration, dress up a Tiki bar with pineapple party lights and put up the limbo bar!

Tiki bars, typically made of real or all-weather (resin) bamboo, provide a covered bar area with shelves or drawers for dining or entertaining accessories. Seating at a Tiki bar may be stools with or without backs. They are so much more than simple drink bars ~ a Tiki bar can really be a centerpiece for your patio or deck.

Accessories for Tiki-style

For the finishing touches to your backyard island-style add candles or string lights in tropical colors, tableware and linens with Polynesian, Hawaiian or tropical flora patterns, bamboo or rattan matting and bamboo or rattan outdoor tables, chairs or lounges. Tropical plants in planters re-create the natural island environment.

Add a summery sail in a bright color to protect from the hot summer sun and an outdoor fire pit to gather around as the evening cools and your tropical paradise is complete!