|Island Themed Party Cake|
After months of winter here in Virginia, the islands are looking so good. But, I can't fly off just yet. So a little taste of the beach in my own home will just have to do.
|Jamaican Party Decorations|
For my 13th wedding anniversary, I thought it would be fun to do an island themed party. Thirteen years flies by and it's easy to let "small" anniversaries pass without much fan fair, but happy memories are just a celebration away. So a small island dinner party was going to be perfect.
It was easy to settle on Jamaica for a party theme because I'm crazy for Jamaican food, especially Jamaican jerk chicken.
Other things that I'm crazy for: my hubby. To be more specific, I'm crazy about him AND made crazy by him.
A light hearted title for my party theme, "Jamaican Me Crazy", pokes fun at all the funny and exciting quirks you learn about your partner after 13 years of marriage!
Want to know what the card read?
Jamaican Me Crazy for 13 Year
Jamaican Me Laugh
Jamaican Me Smile
Jamaican Me Happy
Jamaican Me Want More!
The decorations were a combination of homemade items and online purchases. The homemade items really gave a personal touch. I created keepsake dinner menus and decorative flags for the top of the creamy coconut cake (yum!). These tiny details where simply made on the computer and printed onto colorful card stock.
I also decorated with shells we had gathered on our last island vacation. I thought I'd never find a use for those shells!
Originally, I thought orchids would be a nice touch but I couldn't find them anywhere. So a quick improvisation was to fill jars with water and float pansies from my yard. The jars were further dressed up with a few Caribbean colored ribbons.
|Island Party Decorations|
Paper lanterns are so beautiful and go with both elegant and casual island parties.
I highly recommend you visit the Jamaican theme party page on my website for lots of very inexpensive options for paper lanterns the next time you're in the market. I found that purchasing them online saves money and lots of time!
Jamaican Party Food Menu
|Jamaican Party Menu|
Here's what's for dinner:
Grilled Avocado Halves with Mango Salsa
Jamaican Jerk Chicken with Grilled Pineapple Slices Served Atop Island Grilled Veggies (spiced with tarragon and curry powder)
Creamy Coconut Cake
My husband, whose a terrific cook, created his own recipe for Jamaican Jerk Seasoning:
6 to 8 Cloves of Garlic
2 Tablespoons of Paprika
2 Tablespoons of Dried Chopped Onions
1 Tablespoon of Allspice
1 Tablespoon of Thyme
1 Tablespoon of Salt
1-1/2 Teaspoons of Nutmeg
3/4 Teaspoons of Black Pepper
3/4 Teaspoons of Cayenne
Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend. It's truly delicious. Try it!
|You've been making me crazy for 13 years and I've loved every moment of it!|