Tropical flowers such as hibiscus and orchids are colorful, fun and romantic, and make great tropical theme wedding favors. You could give out corsages and boutonnieres made of tropical flowers, small arrangements in bud vases, or of course leis. Other possibilities include flower-pins for the ladies' hair or edible flowers such as nasturtiums on cakes or truffles.
Seashells are also a great tropical wedding favors. You could give your guests a puka shell necklace, a small assortment of sea shells collected in a basket, a shell-adorned box or picture frame, or a shell candle. You may also want to give personalized gift cards complete with seashell art, which may be stamped, printed or in watercolor.
Edible treats are always popular and can also take advantage of the uniqueness of the tropics. You may choose to give tropical fruit baskets, dried fruit, mango preserves, hibiscus tea, or coconut candy, cakes or cookies for your tropical wedding favors. Other choices include macadamia-nut chocolates, hibiscus candy or Kona coffee. Some of these treats can be accented with a cocktail umbrella for an island flourish.
Presentation is crucial, and tropical wedding favors lend themselves to several convenient possibilities. You may, for example, choose to give your guests a small aluminum "beach pail" filled with candy or coffee and tea. A fun alternative to gift bags and boxes is a hollowed-out coconut with your choice of filling. Spike in a cocktail umbrella garnished with curling ribbon as a final flourish, and you've got a festive and unique tropical theme wedding favor.
A tropical setting lends itself naturally to wedding favors that are cheeky and fun, and there are many fresh and irreverent gifts to choose from. You may want to give your guests colorful flip-flops, hula dolls, tiki dolls, or figurines of tropical fish, sailboats, palm trees or sand castles.
Candles, often a romantic choice, come in many different forms that would be appropriate to a tropical theme, particularly floating candles and sand candles (a fun project for kids: All you need are colored wax granules, candle-wicking, and clear glass votive cups). If you are making candles, great container/molds include small half-coconut shells, deep sea shells and palm-tree or sun shaped cookie cutters. Hurricane lamps and crackle-glass candleholders also make great tropical wedding favors.
A fun and creative gift idea for a tropical wedding favor is the "beach-in-a-bottle". All you need for this are clear glass bottles, sand, and sea shells. You may want to throw in glitter, small charms or colored sand to make your beach-in-a-bottle magical and festive. Top off the little tableau you have created with a cork and curling ribbon.
Whatever you choose for tropical theme wedding favors, you are sharing with your guests a little piece of paradise. Have fun and be creative!