Tuesday, September 13, 2011

A Tiki Room to Call My Own! (Picture Heavy)

Back in April, my husband surprised me with a bamboo tiki bar for my 36th birthday! I was surprised and very happy! He found the bar online at Target! Target?! Who knew they had such cool items like a real bamboo, thatched roof tiki bar complete with a set of shelves in the back?

The bar is in my sunroom. A room that, until the tiki bar, was a sitting room that did not get much use. Sure, I had some wicker furniture in there but the sunroom was really just a place for my plants and the cat to get sun. (My cat loves to spend her days lounging in the sun beams, working on her fur tan.)

Now that the sunroom has been given a proper purpose, I have been slowly collecting tropical kitsch, lights, vintage prints, and I also have made a few paintings and signs. Many of the paintings are based on real 40s/50s tiki-themed bars and nightclubs. I have even got a set of ceramic tiki mugs from my cousin along with a real puu puu platter (complete with sterno flame) from the husband.

So without further ado, let me show you around!
The tiki bar has pineapple lights I bought in Florida for $6.00 USD!
Martini lights from Party City!
A poster board tiki I made using tape and a hot glue gun! I painted the inside with red, yellow, and orange flames and the outside is done with shades of brown. I placed a fake, battery-operated candle votive inside.
A ceramic hibiscus dish and a pretty fern-like stained glass and metal table bought in Florida.
A few of our tiki mugs along with a ceramic platter.
Our persian cat, Misty Blue, is already a bar regular! She loves Mai Tais and is currently brushing up on her hula dancing.
Here is our puu puu platter from this past Saturday night! It is made of wood, has a lazy susan spinning feature, and has a little sterno grill top in the center. Gotta love Trader Joe's frozen appetizers!
Lastly, and most importantly, here is the "Tiki Bar Rules" sign I painted. Of course the rules are totally tongue-in-cheek!! The reasons for rule #2 and #3 were based on an incident in which my cousin got mad at me because I mentioned that "I did not care for Dave Matthews Band." Well, he asked! He called me a "Rockabilly snob!" Brat! Nevertheless, being family, we got over it, laughed, and hugged. But, I had to put the rules up there just to rib him!

I still want to add a few more kitsch here and there before I can call the room "done." So, what do you gals think?


  1. That's so cool! The tiki bar is awesome. I can't believe that came from Target! And your cat is so cute!

  2. Wow, Target, really? That's amazing! I wish Target in Australia stocked such cool things! Must start a petition.

  3. I thought Dave Matthews sucked long before I was rockabilly. LOL

    Your tiki bar room is SO cute! I love all the little touches like the crafty tiki you made and the lazy susan for appetizers. We have some pineapple bowls that don't come out to play nearly enough! Looks like such a fun room.

  4. That is beyond awesome! Target? What? So cool! Loving your tiki room.

  5. Stephanie Lynn,

    I was shocked too that Target was the source for my tiki bar. Their online site is great! I just wish their stores were as good as online!

  6. Emma,

    Target online is so much better than Target stores! Their online selection of atomic-looking rugs and housewares is wonderful! I want to start a petition too: one where they revamp their store wares!

  7. Too funny, Tasha! I do not get the whole Dave Matthews thing. I am from Virginia too and I still avoid his music at all costs! lol!

    As for the tiki room, thanks for the comments! I am so glad me and the boy get to enjoy the room more! It is cozy and the lights are great at night.

  8. Gabriella,

    I am still blown away that Target online even had a tiki bar! The bar itself is solid and well made too!

    I love visiting Target's online site but I have yet to order anything. There are a few mid-century like rugs online that I want. I just wish their stores would better match their online wares!

  9. I love it! You are so lucky to have that nice big sun room to put it in! Those pineapple and martini lights are fabulous too - well done you :)

  10. I also do not care for TDMB. So he can punch me too! I DO care for your tiki room tho! Uber cool!

  11. The room looks terrific. Im sure you will have many fun tiems in there. So many lovely little additions in there :D

  12. Oh I LOVE it! I have to say when I visit the US I always trawl Target I've found so many cool things there and I'm sure I've seen bars like this in there too. I miss Target :o)

    I hope you have many happy hours in your Tiki room!

  13. Love your tiki bar, and those pinapple lights really add to the decor. Very pretty!

  14. LOVE IT! I love the rules too hahah, I bet you're one happy lady :D

  15. Thanks gals, for all the lovely comments! As soon as I add more kitsch, I will be sure to share with you all!

  16. Target tan magica tienda. usteds encuentran toda en la Target. ahora quiero un tiki bar.
    tus reglas me hacen reir.

  17. The Tiki bar looks great! The sunroom can now serve its purpose better. :) Why did you go with a Tiki-themed house, anyway? :)

    Cedrick Finly

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