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As this fine nation of ours prepares for its national holiday, an important question sits on the tips of our tongues and plagues our consciences for weeks leading up to the day.
Barbie, beach or backyard?
We all have different ways of acknowledging the anniversary of when the First Fleet arrived in Port Jackson way back in 1788. Mainly, it involves soaking up the sun and stuffing your face. There are cockroach races in Brisbane, thong throwing competitions in Melbourne and citizenship ceremonies all across the country. For 2016, Candy Bar Sydney has chosen to tip our hats to friends in Queensland and pay tribute to the pineapple. Here’s a Straya Day first: a sweet, juicy and truly unforgettable pineapple themed Australia Day party.
Sweet and Delicious, Green and Gold
It’s true that the pineapple has long been associated with fun, artisanship and lavish hospitality. But more than that, it also has a very special place in our Aussie culture. The tropical wonder-fruit was introduced to our land in the 1830’s by German travellers via India, and soon pineapple plantations started popping up all over Brisbane. In time, Australia became a major player in the pineapple field (so to speak).
Our Straya Day Pineapple Party Vision
(Photo found at http://www.stylemepretty.com/living/2015/08/20/pineapples-in-paradise-pool-party/)
We have a cool and crazy vision we’d love to help you realise. We see you and your friends taking part in a friendly game of pineapple bowling, either in the park, on the beach, or in your back yard, wherever takes your fancy. There’s chilled out music pumping from the stereo: perhaps Pineapple Head by Crowded House or oh, we don’t know, some obscure hit about getting caught in the rain.
(Photo found on http://www.bespoke-bride.com/2014/06/26/how-to-make-your-own-fun-pineapple-floral-arrangement/)
We see apothecary jars brimming with cold tropical refreshments like pineapple party punch, pina coladas, and of course, pineapple mojitos. Your party tables are decorated with home-made pineapple floral arrangements and piled with tropical sweet and savoury delicacies (read on for inspiration!) and there’s that sugary masterpiece, the centre of attention: a pineapple themed candy buffet. We’ve got a list of some fabulous accessories that will make your pineapple party explode with awesomeness.
(Photo found at catchmyparty.com)
Pineapple Paper Napkins
Once you’ve fired up the barbie, get some prawn and pineapple skewers going and serve them on groovy Sunnylife pineapple paper napkins. Follow up with Hawaiian mini pizzas and pineapple cake pops. Ten extra party points if you can fold your napkins into little origami pineapples before everyone sits down to eat. Well OK, we’d settle for a palm tree.
You can’t have a pineapple themed candy buffet without these classic treats from Allen’s. Pair them on the candy bar with other tangy treats such as Pascall’s Pineapple Lumps, Sour Mango & Pineapple Blowpipe Bites and Pineapple Gummi Bears. If you just HAPPEN to be making pineapple cupcakes with buttercream frosting for the occasion, pop a cheeky Allen’s Pineapple on top of each one.
Pineapple Paper Plates
Naturally, at your pineapple party there will be a large array of exotic gourmet treats. What about pineapple salsa with tortilla chips (served saucily in a shelled-out pineapple, of course), Bundy rum-soaked grilled pineapple, sweet and sour meatballs, fried rice with ginger pineapple chicken and pineapple popcorn? You’ll need jaunty plates upon which to serve your tropical treats. These pineapple plates scream “Happy Australia Day“ in the brightest, sunniest yellow imaginable. They also come in cool watermelon.
Pineapple Paper Decorations
No-one will have any trouble spotting where the party’s at with rows of perky pineapples lining the trees at your picnic location. You could mark off your party territory on the beach with these beauties lining the sand. Alternatively, hang them from the walls with wild abandon.
Pineapple Wooden Cutlery
Abandon the cheap plastic party forks and go for classy wooden cutlery instead. Here’s an idea – a pineapple palm tree swimming with colourful tropical fruit, all cut up into bite sized pieces. Scatter pineapple forks all around your fruit display and your guests will gather and graze accordingly.
Pineapple Ice Cube Trays
You COULD send someone out to the local servo on an ice run just hours before the party is due to begin. Or you could take your sweet time and go for pineapple shaped ice cubes to complement your pineapple themed party beverages. After all, it’s the details that matter.
Palm Tree Drink Stirrers
Can you hear the faint calypso in the distance? Troppo swizzle sticks such as these have a knack for making your party feel like a tropical island holiday. Luckily we’ve got palm tree drink stirrers in stock to match your green and gold gala celebration. Pop them into your pineapple mojitos or pine-passionfruit party punch. Alternatively, thread them with olives and serve them as appetizers.
Pineapple and Watermelon Coasters
Any respectable pineapple party should have a decent pina colada, right? You can pep it up with mint sprigs or even throw some passionfruit seeds in for extra texture. For the designated drivers, add plenty of sweet pineapple slices to your chilled water. Serve your drinks in mason jars and scatter plenty of pineapple and watermelon coasters around the place to protect your precious party tabletops in tropical style.
(Photo found on http://www.mauicreativephotography.com/)
Once the pineapple party gets underway, take a step back, grab yourself a mojito, give it a good swizzle and, well, bottoms up! We’d love to see photos of your painstaking pineapple party preparation. Happy Australia Day from all of us here!