"Retreating to a Tropical Paradise - Building a Backyard Tiki Bar"," A Tiki Bar is a tropical themed bar or drinks station that serves up exotic cocktails and is synonymous with a relaxed, party atmosphere.
Something about the calm of the water is inviting and the way the water reflects light is always a point of beauty.
Obviously steer clear from the neighbour's window or the shady mosquito den that returns every summer.
You can either buy a do-it-yourself kit from the hardware store or simply knock one together from bits of recycled timber.
Of course you don't have to use timber.
You could use chip board and simply paint it over with a dark brown colour, or cover it with thatched grass to match the roofing.
Stools are the only choice for seating at a tiki bar.
You could even get away with mismatched stools you collect from second hand stores and garage sales.
Nothing is worse than sitting too low or too high at a bar.
Searching second hand shops and garage sales for island masks, pictures and wall hangings can be a wonderful way to wile away a weekend.
Create or find a welcome sign that invites your guests in to enjoy themselves.
Stock your bar with retro and vintage cups and glasses that are reminiscent of a by-gone era.
Good lighting is important.
Tiki torches are an obvious choice.
Fairy lights or old-fashioned coloured party lights will really give your tiki bar a festive glow.
The best tiki bars are always over the top and oozing with tropical charm and fun.
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