Response: The first thing that I think of when you say 'Tropical' is light-- you should keep your menu light, nothing to heavy. Maybe Spice rubbed grilled Tilapia with Mango and Red Onion Salsa? Pineapple can be added to make it 'ultra-tropical'. This a fairly easy recipe, and when done by a creative chef, it can be extremely tasty as well as beautiful eye candy. You didnt say what type of service reception you will have, so I will focus on a plated reception. Serve it with lightly grilled vegetables and a wild rice. During cocktail hour have shrimp skewers or raw salmon. California rolls with crabmeat and avocado is another tasty option. Mahi Mahi or Chicken and Beef Satays are great candidates as well. To save money, offer a signature drink. A really tropical drink is a Blue Hawaiian. When garnished to the nines and in the appropriate glass, your guests will love them! Rim with coconut like how one would rim a glass with salt for margaritas and garnish with a fresh pineapple for extra appeal. For dessert, also think light and really fruity: the 'Exhibition Island Foster Martini': Caramelized Bananas, Mango and Pineapple Flamed with Meyers Coconut Rum Spooned Over Petite Angel Food Cake and Garnished with Mint. But remember, you can save money by serving your cake as the only dessert. Speaking of cake, depending on your colors, you could tie your cake in by making it the same color. In addition, you could also go an inexpensive route by using gum paste seashells. The look is absolutely fantastic and realistic. Fondant icing will give the cake a smooth appearance, but fondant sometimes does not cut well, causing the cake to look unattractive when served. In fact, for this reason, some bakers will not use fondant. Check with your baker or caterer for more options.
These are just a few suggestions to get you started. I hope this helps!
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