Bring the bright colours and spicy flavours of sunny islands to your own backyard. These delicious Caribbean-inspired recipes are lighter than the classic versions and have built-in shortcuts to save time. String some lights, throw on some glitz, download the tunes and you're ready to party!
Grilled Potato Shrimp Roti
Make these easy roll-ups in the morning and refrigerate. Once guests arrive, pop them on the grill again over medium heat for about 8 minutes. You'll crisp up the tortillas, making a nice contrast with the moist filling. Leftovers make great grab-and-go lunches!
Ready in 25 minutes. Makes 6 rotis.
Recipe: Grilled Potato Shrimp Roti
Pour on the colour
You don't need a huge backyard to ignite your summer party with the spirit of the Caribbean. Throw open the doors to your patio, balcony, deck or front porch and try some of these fun party-decor ideas.
• String lights in bright colours add just the right amount of twinkling fun. Wind them up trees, through potted plants, over door and window frames, wherever. Source funky strings of plastic chilies, paper lanterns and palm trees at bigislandparty.com.
• Have plenty of brightly patterned paper plates, cups and napkins on hand. Don't bother matching designs; go for clashing patterns and colours.
• Plan on partying into the night? Keep revellers well hydrated with nonalcoholic beverages such as ginger beer and coconut water. Serve them in acrylic cola cups with built-in LED lights that flash bright colours!