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Tropical Cocktail Party Menu: The Ultimate Guide for What to Serve

Check out these tantalizing ideas for a tropical cocktail party menu! Get ready to sip on refreshing tropical drinks, savor mouthwatering appetizers, and indulge in heavenly desserts.

Summer is one of our favorite seasons, and it’s a great time to host a get together with friends.

We’ve shared lots of different ideas for summer entertaining!

Like a summer picnic on the patio.

A summer cookout.

An elegant summer dinner party.

This patriotic summer barbecue.

A Mexican fiesta.

An old-fashioned Father’s Day cookout.

And even a backyard luau!

We had so much fun with that luau that we’ve decided to try something similar, but with a fun twist…

Fresh pineapple as a centerpiece on a cocktail party table displaying assorted appetizers on cocktail picks.

There are so many delicious tropical appetizers and cocktails, why not host a tropical cocktail party?

It’s a great way to try some of those fruity tropical cocktails.

And who doesn’t love finger food?!

Welcome to our Virtual Dinner Club!

AnnMarie and Anne from Simply2Moms holding cocktail glasses outside.

We joined up with four of our blogging friends to create a virtual dinner club back at the beginning of 2021.

Every month we choose a new theme and we invite a new guest host to join in our fun.

First, we all create a tablescape for that theme and share all our ideas.

You’re going to love AnnMarie’s ideas for a neutral but lush tropical table!

Then, we each share a recipe for the theme to create an entire menu.

Be sure to check out all of our virtual dinner club tablescapes and menus!

What to Serve at a Tropical Cocktail Party

Usually, AnnMarie creates a tablescape for our dinner club and I come up with one new recipe to fit the theme.

But since we loved the cocktail party theme, we decided to be a little extra this month…

AnnMarie set up a gorgeous table with a centerpiece filled with palm fronds and faux orchids.

And a dessert station.

And a cocktail bar!

Then I went a little overboard making food and cocktails…

All in all, I made 9 Quick and Healthy Tropical Appetizers and shared all the recipes here.

I also made some spicy mango margaritas and pineapple mojitos.

I’ll be sharing those recipes soon, so be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss them!

Collage of 7 dishes to serve at a tropical cocktail party.

Our friends have created some delicious appetizers and cocktails we know you’re going to enjoy too!

Let’s take a look at all these tasty tropical recipes.

Pina Colada Martini | The Ponds Farmhouse

Two martini glasses garnished with pineapple and a flamingo straw from The Ponds Farmhouse.

Is there any cocktail more tropical than a pina colada?

When we went to Antigua and the Dominican Republic , those were the cocktails of choice for everyone in my family!

Our friend Rachel has given the classic recipe a twist with her Pina Colada Martini.

She’s got some fantastic ideas you’re gonna love for how to serve them too!

Easy Frozen Mojitos | The Tattered Pew

Glass of frozen mojito with striped paper straw from The Tattered Pew.

While my family was enjoying pina coladas, my tropical drink of choice tends to be a keto mojito.

Of course, now I’m thinking I need to step up my mojito game and try our friend Kelly’s recipe for Easy Frozen Mojitos!

Doesn’t that sound so refreshing?

Another fun cocktail to serve is this refreshing Peach Sangria recipe.

Tropical Themed Grazing Board | Vintage Home Designs

Charcuterie board with a tropical theme from Vintage Home Designs.

It’s no secret that we love charcuterie around here!

So when I heard that our friend Michele was planning to make a Tropical Themed Grazing Board I knew it would be something amazing.

When I saw what she put together, I gasped.

It’s. So. Gorgeous!

She made a pineapple out of cheese!

And a palm tree from a banana and a kiwi.

I mean. How creative can you get? This is truly a work of art!

Easy Homemade Coconut Shrimp | Stacy Ling of Bricks ‘n Blooms

Plate of coconut shrimp with ramekin of sweet coconut dip from Stacy Ling blog.

When we hosted our tropical cocktail party at AnnMarie’s, I brought some frozen coconut shrimp that I heated up in the air fryer.

But now that I’ve read our friend Stacy’s recipe and instructions for making Easy Homemade Coconut Shrimp, I’ve got to give them a try!

I love that you can have control over the ingredients, and it’s so much easier to make them from scratch than I realized.

Pineapple Chicken Salad in Phyllo Cups | Midwest Life and Style

Phyllo cups with pineapple chicken salad on a wood board from Midwest Life and Style.

The best part of any cocktail party are the tasty finger food options.

If you put something in a pastry cup, it’s instantly more delicious!

So our friend Jen’s tasty chicken salad recipe looks extra tasty served up in this flaky phyllo cups.

Mini Tropical Fruit Trifles | Simply2Moms

Mini plastic cups of keto tropical trifle parfaits with a variety of diced fruit on a white platter.

If you know me at all, then you know I’ve got a sweet tooth!

So as much as I love finger foods and cocktails, no party is complete for me without some dessert.

I came up with a fun dessert option for a tropical cocktail party: Mini Tropical Fruit Trifles.

They’ve got a moist keto coconut cake on the bottom, topped with some coconut custard, and then diced tropical fruit and whipped cream.

You can have two of these little cups to make a serving, but one is enough to satisfy.

I’m thinking we need to host more cocktail parties like these, what do you think?!

If you have any questions or suggestions, contact me or leave a comment!

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Jen

Wednesday 28th of June 2023

Yum! So many amazing-looking recipes. And perfect for summer. I can't wait to try each one!

Anne

Wednesday 28th of June 2023

We need to have another cocktail party to try some of these new ones!