My preferred shopping destination Anthropologie has been a surprising source of tiki-inspired things. There was my Kon-Tiki dress and tapa print skirt, and now the store has introduced me to the stationery company Dear Hancock. Among their designs is this cute birthday card with tropical drink umbrellas and a few little plastic swords for good measure.
These little cocktail parasols seem to have fallen out of favor with some tiki bars, like Smuggler’s Cove. Perhaps because tiki drinks have already had a tough enough time being taken seriously until somewhat recently? Or maybe because they’ve moved on to more advanced garnishes like dolphins carved out of bananas?
At any rate, this hand-painted rendering makes these drink umbrellas look quite beautiful. I think I have a new appreciation for them!
The Birthday Umbrellas card is available on Dear Hancock’s web site for $4.50.
From March 28-April 20, the Big Thunder Ranch area at Disneyland hosted the first-ever Springtime Roundup with Easter-inspired cookies, crafts, entertainment and more. There were also photo-ops available with the Easter Bunny and various Disney bunnies: the White Rabbit, Brer Rabbit, Roger Rabbit, Rabbit from Winnie the Pooh and Thumper.
I always love to come see the intricate carved pumpkins displayed here during Halloween, so I was pleased to see they had a similar set-up for spring, but with painted eggs instead. (Although they admitted some of these larger ones weren’t real eggs.)
It seems like Disney knows which films and attractions are my favorites, hence these eggs decorated like Sally and The Mayor from “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”
Then there was an egg for The Enchanted Tiki Room, delicately painted with the parrots and tiki from the 1963 brochure.
Tiki Art at the WonderGround Gallery at Disneyland
Enchanted Tiki Room’s 50th Anniversary Merchandise Event
More Tiki & Disneyland Connections
As a Valentine’s Day gift, my dear Mr. Hockey surprised me with a logo for The Tiki Chick blog, which is something he’s talked about doing for years. Through Fiver.com he enlisted a cartoonist to create the final product, but he came up with a complete mock-up with as many tiki references as he could fit in, including a Moai, the Enchanted Tiki Room, and Rufus the carrot-eating fish from Bahooka (the “K” also matches the bamboo font from Bahooka’s sign).
(Sidenote: I’m just sickened by this whole situation with the new owners and Rufus’ uncertain fate…It’s still a developing story but you can get caught up here.)
Anyway, you can even spot Mr. Hockey and Charlie floating nearby on the Kon-Tiki raft. We have a bunch of business cards with the logo on the way so be sure to ask for one if you see us out and about at a tiki bar!