Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Totally Tropical; HOMES with Andrea McLean

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Totally Tropical; HOMES with Andrea McLean

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Byline: Andrea McLean

SUMMER is really getting into its stride now, with the kids breaking up from school and the warm, bright evenings just crying out for alfresco nibbles and drinks.

It's the season of the summer party as well and one of my favourite themes to indulge in is totally tropical.

In fact, I went to one just last week and it was the most fun I've had in ages! It was such a simple but brilliant idea that I thought I'd share the theme with you this week, to use either as a one-off when your friends are around, or to inject some fun into your home.

The concept is so easy - all you need to think about are fruit and birds and you're already halfway there!

Watermelon wedges not only look the part but are a perfect snack on a hot day and wedges of pineapple make every drink look exotic. Throw around some tropical bird accessories and in an instant you've created your very own Club Tropicana in your living room.

The drinks may not be free but when it comes to fun and sunshine, there's more than enough for everyone.

YOU may balk at the idea of a night in a jungle but there is nothing scary about this lot.

PERFECT for livening things up a little, even the most neutral homes will appreciate a tropical lift.

THIS is so pretty it would never get lit in my house! Here's a top tip if you love the shape of your candle and don't want it to disappear - let it burn for a little while until it melts a hole big enough to hold a tea light. Then pop one in and light that instead, and your candle will keep its shape.

A TROPICAL-themed party is all about colour and fun - when else do you get the chance to put up a paper pineapple in your home? If you don't relish the thought of washing-up after your guests have wobbled home, then stick to paper plates, napkins and accessories - just a couple of bin bags later and all party evidence is gone. …

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