Are you thinking about throwing a Caribbean Themed Party?
Well there are a few things you must have to ensure it’s done properly and with style. If you’re not sure, keep reading, this article will show you the 5 essentials you must have to ensure your Caribbean themed party is poppin’ and not floppin’.
1. The decorations! Bring the colour, Carnival style!
The Caribbean is known for many things, and one of those things are its bright, fun and flamboyant carnival colours. When your decorating your venue or home for your party, aim for bright and colourful items such as yellows, greens, blues and reds.
Don’t play it safe, get some fun and inflatable palm trees and pineapples that can be ordered online here. Instead of your usual white table covers, go for something bright and colourful or has funky patterns.
When the party gets late into the evening, brighten up the room with some pound store Fairy lights and a flag from your favourite Caribbean Island that you’ve drawn inspiration from. This will be more than enough give your venue or home a feel of the Caribbean. But don’t get the Caribbean confused with Hawaiian, grass skirts and Aloha shirts are not Caribbean, they are Hawaiian.
2. Caribbean Themed Party Food
Caribbean food is crucial to a Caribbean themed party! We know right… no surprise there! Authentic Caribbean parties are known for having freshly prepared and cooked food. Food can literally make or break your party!
So if you’re thinking about having a Caribbean themed party with sandwich platters and muffins… it just wont cut it. If you want to cater to your guests, the easiest way would be to order Caribbean catering from companies like MyDine Catering. This way you can ensure you get real authentic Caribbean food without needing to spend hours in the kitchen cooking, washing up and cleaning.
If you want to try your hand at cooking Caribbean food, here are a few Caribbean favourites that are bound to make your party a foodie success:
- Jerk Chicken
- Curry Goat
- Rice & Peas
- Jamaican Dumplings
- BBQ Chicken Wings
- Fried Chicken
- Vegan Curry
- Salt fish Fritters
3. Music is key!
Music gets the party started, so you’ll need to make sure you have the right genres for your Caribbean themed party. Remember, each Caribbean genre of music has a different feel, tempo and sound.
So if you want to get the party jumping, we’d suggest something like Dancehall, Soca or Reggaeton. But if you want a more chilled vibe, we’d suggest the slower roots reggae music. We’ve put together a list of different types of Caribbean music from different islands below.
- Dancehall – Originating in Jamaica, Dancehall is an upbeat, with rhythmic hooks and great for lively young parties. Popular and common artists which are sure to get your party started are: Vybz Kartel, Popcaan, Sean Paul, Beenie Man, Spice, Movado, Bounty Killer, Elephant Man and Lady Saw. Dancehall is also known for their dances that are associated with songs, with dances such as; “Nuh Linga”, “Skip to My Lou”, “Gully Creepa”, “Bad Man Forward Bad Man Pull Up”, “Pon Di River”, “One Drop”, “Whine & Kotch.
- Soca – A Trinidad and Tobago sound, Soca is a mix of (So)ul and (Ca)lypso, Commonly played at Trini Carnival, Soca is a lively, upbeat and party sound. Some artists include: Bunji Garlin, Machel Montano, KES The Band, Destra Garcia and more
- Calypso – Originating in Trinidad and Tobago, Calypso music is an upbeat, high-octane party sound founded and brought by African slaves to the Caribbean. Some artists include: Harry Belafonte, Calypso Rose, Lord Kitchener and Mighty Sparrow.
- Ska – An mid-tempo Jamaican style of music with elements of Calypso Mento, Jazz, and R&B. Originating in Jamaica, it became popular with British Mods & Skinheads, artist include: Bob Marley, The Skatalites, Desmond Dekker and Jimmy Cliff.
- Reggaeton – Originating in Puerto Rico, Reggaeton is an upbeat and high-octane style of music usually sung in Spanish. Reggaeton evolved from Jamaican dancehall with influences from Hip-hop and Latin American music. Familiar and popular artist include: Luis Fonsi, J Balvin, Daddy Yankee, Nicky Jam and Bad Bunny.
- Bashment – Similar to Jamaican Dancehall, Bashment is a party-type sound of Caribbean music, however it is known for its more sexualised lyrics. So this is not something you want to play around the parents or more reserved types. Popular artists include: Vybz Kartel, Popcaan, Sean Paul, Beenie Man, Spice, Movado, Bounty Killer, Elephant Man and Lady Saw.
- Rocksteady – A slower dance style of Jamaican reggae music with Ska and Jazz sounds, perfect for a chilled evening and drink to some old classics. Some artists include: The Ethiopians, UB40, The Paragons, The Heptones, The Gaylads, Keith Rowe and Texas Dixon.
- Roots and Deep Roots reggae – Chilled, yet upbeat Jamaican reggae music. Includes artists such as; Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer, Enos McLeod, Alton Ellis and more. Roots reggae is the more spiritually sounding side of Rastafari, black liberation and revolution music.
4. The drinks… Especially the Rum punch
Don’t forget the drinks! It’s not a Caribbean themed party without the drinks! To keep on theme we’d advise Caribbean cocktails and spirits that you can make at home. Some drinks include:
- Jamaican rum punch
- Guinness punch
- Wray & Nephew
- Red Stripe
- Sorrel tea (non alcoholic)
- Non- alcoholic punch
- Ting (A Carbonated Canned Grapefruit Soft Drink)
- Ginger Beer (A Carbonated Canned Ginger Soft Drink)
- Pineapple Juice
5. The D.J!
Make sure you have a designated DJ! Nobody likes to hear that one person badly chopping and changing tracks on YouTube; whilst having to listen to advertising breaks between songs.
Once you’ve decided on the music for your Caribbean themed party (view above to see Caribbean music genres and musicians). Then you can choose your D.J, remember you don’t have to spend a fortune, it could even be a friend who D.J’s as opposed to a professional. If you are really working to a tight budget, then your next option can be the use of online streaming app such as Spotify or Apple Music, just create your “Caribbean Themed Party Playlist”, this way you will not need someone’s terrible YouTube D.J skills.
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