That is me, slaving away meticulously in my lab, working to bring you the most rigorously researched cocktail knowledge imaginable, eleven months out of the year. But February is Tiki Month, and my beautifully appointed and equipped Basement Bar just doesn’t seem right, now does it? During the first few Tiki Months, I made do with the transformation provided by a nice Aloha shirt, and maybe some Martin Denny on the
Hi-Fi iPod. Last year, I had the guts to do my first Tiki party, and I made a first pass at decorating the place. The overwhelming majority of what I used was from Party City, i.e. vinyl, plastic, and cardboard. For my non-Tikiphile buddies, it looked great, and I was happy with it. But face it, an initiate of the Fraternal Order of Moai would have taken one look, patted me on the head and said, “isn’t that nice!”
This year, I really wanted to step up the game, especially since I plan to have a steady stream of guests all month. The results are far more impressive, with lots of natural materials. It still isn’t up to the magnificent home Tiki bars you can find in this forum at Tiki Central, alas. But I really love my Basement Bar, and want to have it back unchanged at the end of the month. I restricted myself to reusable decorations that do not damage my walls, cabinetry or fixtures. Nothing permanent but the memories.