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Friday’s Favorites: Mele Kalikimaka

In keeping with yesterday’s post of a Tiki themed bachelorette party, I present an Etsy treasury for those who want to express the holiday season in Tiki style. I have included a few links to help you in your pursuit of Tikitastic holiday cheer.

From the In the Land of Cocktails: Tikifying Your Holidays

The Cocktail Chicks and Beachbum Berry bring you a simplified take on the famous Zombie by Don the Beachcomber.

Retro Planet has some great gifts for that Tikiphile in your life. I’m digging this Tiki girls mug set:

Check out this super cute tropical themed tree (it’s a Florida tree, but there are some great ideas on it. Just replace the Florida ornaments with some Tiki ornaments and you’ve got one fabulous Tiki Tree!

Scout out your local Tiki bar or restaurant for an island holiday party venue and/or catering. Critiki can help you find one close to you.
Dillon, CO: Pug Ryan’s Lakeside Tiki Bar, selected by Sunset Magazine as the 5th best deck in the western United States!
Estes Park, CO: Mountain Tiki Bar
Rosemead, CA: One of my favorite places (had a birthday there once): Bahooka

‘Mele Kalikimaka Tiki Style’ by ravengrrl


Santa happy tiki’s

$6.67

Hawaiian Tiki Christmas Stoc…

$19.95

Tiki Christmas sign decor wi…

$10.00

A Hawaiian Christmas Seashel…

$35.00

Tiki Holiday Christmas Ornam…

$12.00

Hawaiian Nativity – 6 inches…

$38.00

Holiday Tiki Ornament Papua …

$20.00

HOLIDAY SALE Personalized Ch…

$31.50

Hula Hawaii St Nick Original…

$16.00

Christmas Hawaiian bunting p…

$40.00

Lauhala Pineapple Lace Ornam…

$12.00

Moai Tiki Christmas Ornament…

$7.00

Hawaiian Seashell Wreath – O…

$75.00

Mele Kalikimaka

$18.00

Sea Glass Ornament for a Tro…

$30.00

Kona Coffee Xmas Stocking

$30.00

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

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Theme Thursday: Vintage Camping Tiki Style: Bachelorette

Yesterday when looking for bachelorette party ideas, I came across this wicked cool campground that just happens to be here in Colorado, two hours south of Denver: The Starlite Classic Campground. “We are a new Retro campground and RV park, with sites, cabins and Restored Vintage Trailers available. The area is filled with exciting and relaxing activities; white water rafting, horseback rides, helitours, jeep trips, and the Royal Gorge Bridge!” My thoughts: have a fun vintage pin-up photo shoot as part of the festivities. One of my favorite Colorado photographers specializing in pin-up photography is, Jim Narcy of Paper Dolls.

Check out the view:

My favorite trailer thus far has got to be the Tikibago:

The Tikibago sleeps 6 and comes with it’s own tiki bar:

Here is a tiki inspiration board to round out your island in the Rocky Mountains adventure:
Leopard Bathing Suit: http://www.pinupgirlclothing.com/leopard-print-marilyn-plus.html#
Tiki Cake by Cupcake Jonas: http://www.flickr.com/photos/37098599@N08/3910782792/

Theme Thursday Tiki

Mara Hoffman maxi dress
$297 – bloomingdales.com

Iron Fist high heels
$55 – heels.com

AmericanHeritage.com / Tiki
americanheritage.com

Tropical Cookie Assortment
one-stop-birthday-ideas.com

Temp Folder /…
pinterest.com

Cooking With Mickey
cookingwithmickey.info

If this sounds like your idea of fun, check out The Starlite Classic Campground with more fabulously vintage trailers coming your way.

Theme Thursday: Vintage Week: Tiki!

It wasn’t until I met my ex-husband that I experienced the fun of anything Tiki. My first real experience of his love of Tiki was at Disneyland. I had been to Disneyland many times, but never really thought The Enchanted Tiki Room was worth waiting in line for. When he and I went to Disneyland our first time together, he dragged me in to what I thought was going to be animatronic boresville. I was wrong, it was a lot of fun and whenever I’m at Disneyland, I make it a point to get my Tiki on.

Sing with me…you know you want to!

My fun loving ex then told me about this restaurant in Rosemead (CA) called Bahooka. Bahooka was featured in the movie, Swingers. What a fun kitschy restaurant full of aquariums and the kitsch is more than just decor, it makes it’s way in to the food too. If you go, you must get the Bahooka Bowl. This drink is vodka, wine, and passion fruit juice served to you in a flaming bowl with two straws. Trust me, it’s totally worth the $20.

Bahooka Bowl. Pic from: http://blogs.laweekly.com/squidink/2010/10/just_drinks_where_not_to_eat.php and photo by Robyn Brown as stated on laweekly.com.

So, when I decided to do a Vintage Week, I had to throw in at least one of my favorite kitschy themes, and Tiki was definitely on the list. Tiki essentially refers to carved stone and wood human like statues of a variety of Polynesian cultures. Tiki became popular beginning in the late 40s as soldiers returned home after World War II. It boomed in the 50s and early 60s, losing its appeal in the 70s. With the rise in popularity of all things vintage, Tiki kitsch is making its way back in to our culture, especially with regard to events. If you like what you see on the inspiration board and want to begin your own collecting of vintage Tiki, I highly recommend Etsy and have included vintage Tiki items from a variety of shops here.

‘In the Tiki Room’ by ravengrrl

A collection of items for a Tiki themed event


Perfect 1950’s …

$49.99

Vintage hula dolls

$28.00

Vintage 1950s Tiki …

$88.00

Vintage 60s Hand Ca…

$74.99

Amazing Vintage Ato…

$32.50

Mens Vintage 70s Ki…

$42.85

OCHIDS OF HAWAII Vi…

$20.00

ReTrO FaBuLouS Vint…

$16.00

Tiki Statue

$22.00

Cowrie shell plant …

$38.00

Kitschy Musical HUL…

$22.00

Vintage Bamboo Hawa…

$10.00

Vintage Barkcloth -…

$54.00

50s Vintage Hula Gi…

$55.55

Large Vintage Paper…

$8.95

Polynesian Tiki Bar…

$14.00

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

Tiki Birthday

Tiki Surprise

I know the weather is changing here in CO and that those of us who live her have about two weeks worth of consistent good weather to spring a surprise Tiki Birthday Party on someone. The idea for this party is to surprise the birthday boy/man or girl/woman with there very own Tiki Bar set up. Obviously this is for someone who is really in to the whole Polynesian mythos and aesthetic.