Tropical Christmas Decorating Ideas: Island-Inspired Theme

Tropical Christmas Decorating Ideas: Island-Inspired Theme

November 09, 2023

Sometimes, you just want to host a different kind of holiday celebration. If you want to try something unique this year, consider decorating your home with a tropical Christmas theme. This can be a great way to evoke a feeling of warmth and sunshine even during the darkest, coldest days of the year.

At MosquitoNix®, our team of Elves is at the ready to help with your holiday lighting and decorating needs. As we like to say, our Elves can assist with Christmas light installation, removal and everything in between. As Christmas lighting and decorating professionals, our Elves know a whole lot about all kinds of fun holiday trends - and they're happy to share what they know.

In this holiday decorating guide, they focus on suggestions for how to decorate your home for Christmas with a trendy tropical island theme. Learn about lighting and décor solutions that go beyond faux leis and other party supplies and provide a more sophisticated look that's perfect for your holiday celebrations.

How to Host an Island-Themed Christmas: Indoor and Outdoor Décor Ideas

  • Pop in some pineapples.

The distinctive-looking pineapple is something that many people think of when they think of tropical locales. Luckily, pineapples are also very on-trend right now, making it easy to find beautiful, practical décor pieces that feature pineapple motifs. Look for everything from ceramic vases to planters to candle holders in pineapple shapes. They are particularly popular in shades of white at the moment, which is ideal for your Christmas decorating because it combines your tropical theme with the idea of a beautiful white Christmas. For a more whimsical touch, you can even decorate a real pineapple by hanging small Christmas ornaments from its fronds and using it as a centerpiece.

  • Seashells are always a nice touch.

Another popular symbol of the tropics is the seashell, making for beautiful natural decorations. You can purchase Christmas wreaths made from seashells, or make your own using shells you've collected yourself. You can also just fill a dish or vase with them. They can help you remember the good times you spent walking on the beach and collecting them.

  • Try some light-wrapped palm trees.

Draw attention to any palm trees on your property by wrapping their trunks in Christmas lights. Whether you choose white string lights or colored string lights, the stunning silhouettes of your palm trees are sure to look lovely all lit up, and they'll draw attention to your tropical theme at the same time. Don't have palm trees? You can also wrap small, potted palm trees in lights, or get artificial palm trees - some come pre-lit!

  • Integrate tropical foliage into your decorating.

Speaking of palm trees, did you know that some retailers carry wreaths and garlands made with palm fronds, monstera leaves and other tropical foliage? Use them to decorate your home the same way you would with traditional fir or pine tree greenery. You can also find artificial tropical foliage at many craft stores and artificial plant retailers. Use it to make your own tropical holiday wreaths and garlands. You can even enlist family members to help you, turning it into a fun family project.

  • Add a sense of warmth with uplighting.

Create a sense of sunshiny warmth even on the darkest of winter evenings. How? By adding uplighting to your home's exterior. This can be as easy as installing spotlights or well lights in the ground around your home. The way the light shines on the exterior walls will give it a warm-looking glow that will be inviting to guests while also fitting well with your theme. Keep in mind that you can get different colors for your spotlight as well; it can shine blue or green, calling to mind a beautiful tropical lagoon.

  • Don't skimp on the poinsettias.

Did you know that poinsettias are a tropical plant? People love the look of poinsettias at Christmastime, and if you're trying to cultivate a tropical theme, they're doubly appropriate. Decorate throughout your home with these lovely flowering plants. Just be careful if you have pets, as their leaves can be somewhat toxic to dogs and cats (usually not enough to cause lasting harm, but definitely enough to cause stomach upset).

  • Stay away from decorations that look like snowflakes and other wintry symbols.

This tip is less about something you should include and more about something you shouldn't include. Specifically, try not to feature prominent decorations that depict snowflakes, snowmen or other wintry, cold-weather symbols commonly associated with Christmastime. That's because they would be antithetical to your theme. Of course, they don't have to be avoided altogether -after all, who doesn't have a snowman-shaped Christmas tree ornament or two? However, if you're choosing between a large snowflake-shaped light-up decoration for your yard and a star-shaped one, the star might be the better choice.

  • Enlist the help of professionals.

Sometimes it's a good idea to let professional light installers and holiday decorators help you achieve the look you want, particularly for the exterior of your home. After all, decorating for Christmas can be a complicated process - and even a potentially dangerous one, especially if you're trying to install lights and decorations in high places.

The MosquitoNix Elves have the equipment, training and know-how to do the job safely and beautifully. Particularly when you're trying to create a certain look or theme, having a professional's help can be invaluable in achieving your goals.

Text ELVES or call (855) 808-2847 to learn how the MosquitoNix Elves can help you get the look you want for your holiday festivities this year. And if you're looking for inspiration, check out our gallery of homes and businesses that our Elves have worked on in the past. There, you can see examples of some of the ideas suggested in this guide.

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