Jamaican Theme Birthday Party Ideas

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Jamaican-themed birthday parties appeal to warm-weather birthday revelers. At the beach or in your back yard, throw a birthday party rich with color, exotic food and drink. Play Jamaican music to release everyone's birthday spirits. A Jamaican party is a creative way to mark one's entrance into another year of life.

1 Invitations


Send invitations reflecting Jamaican themes, such as island and ocean colors or Jamaican music. Use Publisher or a similar program to create invitations. Make Bob Marley concert tickets. "Bob Marley is alive at my Jamaican Jam!" Use images from the Web to create invitations with island themes.

2 Food and Drink

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Serve a Jamaican buffet. Lay out jerk chicken and/or pork. Fried plantains, rice and peas, and coco bread serve as tasty side dishes. (See References) Many cities have Jamaican restaurants that cater. Provide trays of fresh tropical fruits. Offer an array of virgin and alcoholic fruit drinks. Pina coladas are obvious favorites. Make a sparkling fruit punch with mango, pineapple, and papaya juices with sparkling water. Top off the birthday with a pineapple upside down birthday cake. Use sparklers instead of candles and present the cake after dark.

3 Music


Music makes a Jamaican theme birthday party. Create a sampler CD in advance. Include reggae idols Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff. Add ska's Desmond Dekker and Toots and the Maytals. Round out the sounds with some rocksteady , Delroy Wilson and Bob Andy.

4 Games

If you are fortunate enough to throw your party at the beach, swim and play volleyball. Wherever you hold your party, do the limbo. All you need is a long stick. As the day fades into night, you will have no problem finding willing contestants.

Alyson Paige has a master's degree in canon law and began writing professionally in 1998. Her articles specialize in culture, business and home and garden, among many other topics.