A Tropical Getaway Without The Expensive Airfare Thanks To World Market

Since we’re finishing the basement right now, a vacation isn’t exactly in the budget. But that doesn’t mean we can’t bring a little bit of the tropics to us!


Thanks to World Market, I was able to pick up supplies to add a little tropical flare to our backyard barbeques this summer. Since Jason and I collect tiki mugs, that was first on my list. I was able to snag a set of 4 ceramic tiki mugs for $16. That’s a really good price to me, because normally I see them for at least $5-8 each, so I bought two sets so we would have a total of 8 mugs.

Of course, tiki mugs aren’t very useful on their own. I made a pitcher of tropical punch in my new clear acrylic pitcher and filled it with raspberry ice balls for a little extra fruity flavor.


The pitcher was $15, and I love that it’s made out of clear acrylic instead of glass. You can still see the contents, but if Levi bumps it off the table, it’s a lot less likely to break and shatter. The ice balls are my favorite, though. Ever since I had a giant ball of ice in a cocktail in Portland earlier this year, I’ve been trying to figure out a way to make my own. Turns out World Market has me covered there, too.


They sell a 4pk of ice ball molds for $10. I placed a fresh raspberry in each mold before filling them with water, then froze them overnight. Jason was a little surprised when he saw them inside the ice balls at first – he thought something was wrong with the ice, lol. Next time I make them, I think I’ll add a little food coloring for a fun mixing effect as they melt into the drinks.


Two other things made my shopping trip complete. I spent $9 on a set of 3 collapsible food tents. These are definitely a MUST-HAVE for any outdoor barbeque.


They’re basically a collapsible screen tent for your food to keep bugs away. They’re lightweight and big enough to fit my platter of watermelon underneath easily.

I also bought a can holder for beer-can-chicken (not shown) for $5. What kind of barbeque would it be without dinner on the grill?

All said, I was able to stay within my budget of about $75 for our tropical backyard barbeque. Everything I bought can be reused again and again, so I think it was an excellent value.

Speaking of excellent values, right now, when you make a purchase of $20 or more now through at a World Market store, you’ll receive a coupon for 15% off a Southwest Airlines airplane ticket. They’re also running a Summer Getaway Sweepstakes on their Facebook page. Each week through July 13th, World Market is giving away a trip for 4 to anywhere Southwest Airlines flies, including hotel accommodations and a $500 World Market gift card!

What destination would you choose for a family vacation?

This shop has been compensated by Cost Plus World Market.


  1. katherine dixon says:

    id choose disney world, more specificly, the aipcot center! its like the world marketm little bit of everything! love the ice ball containers, i think my boys would love them!

  2. Wow! Tiki cups and ice balls, how cool! We live in Hawaii right now but it’s not exactly my idea of paradise, well Oahu isn’t anyway, I love going to the other islands 🙂

  3. Shirley says:

    Awesome planning!

  4. nice. cool idea

  5. Yummm — that watermelon looks so refreshing.

  6. I’d love to take the kids & hubby to Sanibel Island, Florida! And I LOVE the ice balls!! Totally going to be looking for some!

  7. Love those tiki mugs, definately scream summer! We’ll be enjoying a staycation this summer also.

  8. Really cool. I love World Market! =]

  9. Lily Ivey says:

    I’ve never seen ice ball molds. I’ll have to visit the local World Market.

  10. Jessica P. says:

    The ice balls look so awesome! And I love the idea of the food tents. Getting bugs in food is no fun.

  11. Georgia Cribb says:

    I love World Market! They’ve got so many cool things in there it’s hard not to buy everything. My husband really enjoys the world beers. As for vacation I’d love to go to Bali. It’s so pretty there.

  12. sarah heart says:

    I would want to go to colorado (when there is no fire) . . . rent a cabin and enjoy the quiet 🙂 I really like the food tents

  13. I so want some ice ball molds! We eat out a lot in Colorado…those tents are pretty cool!

  14. Janet W. says:

    That watermelon looks great! Nice way to serve it!

  15. I love the food net thing! That is awesome! Great idea

  16. Camping is our get away destination. I love the food nets they would work great the last time we went camping we didn’t have problem with ticks or mosquitos but lots of little black flies!!

  17. Awesome planning!

  18. Angela Beltran says:

    The ice balls are great I wish I would have known about them for the fourth

  19. The ice balls is a neat idea, the food coloring is an even better idea!!

  20. How fun! I really like those screens to put over food for eating outside. Simple but genius!

  21. Great idea–it looks like fun! We’d like to go to Canada on a vacation.

  22. I love the world market…. it has so many fun, unusual and USEFUL things!

  23. lindsay says:

    Ive got to get the ice ball molds!!!

  24. Linda Romo says:

    I would love to take my family on a tropical vacation, maybe in the Carribean, since we’ve never been!

  25. Suzy Allen says:

    I LOVE the food tents. What a great idea, I’ve never een anything like them. So cool.

  26. oh dear i MUST have those ice balls!!!!!!! Thanks for the info i am gonna get some now!

  27. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    If money was not a factor I’d love to go to Hawaii. You really were able to buy useful items for you tropical getaway. I especially like the food nets.

  28. hmmm….tough question-i’d love to go to Disneyworld again! I love family vacations!

  29. Rachel N says:

    Those ice balls look really cool! I would love to go to the west coast on vacation, Oregon would be really nice.

  30. Vanessa Coker says:

    I adore those tiki cups and the food net is awesome! I wish I had one already, maybe I’ll remember to grab one next time.

  31. LOVE the ice ball idea!

  32. Valerie says:

    I’d go to Disney World. There is something for everyone there.

  33. love it! We’d like to visit the Grand Canyon.

  34. Seyma Shabbir says:

    This looks like so much fun! Luckily me and hubby traveled before having kids. Try exotic fruits if you have an asian market next time, lychees or Rambutan or Durian(has a strong smell but yummy).

  35. I love world market! I just wish they had one over here. They closed the one by me. T_T

  36. I love the tent!! It’d be great out here in AZ, where there’s lots of flies!!

  37. I would love to go to Hawaii!

  38. I have never seen the ice ball idea before. That all looks so tasty! Hmm, Vacation… a cabin in the woods with a glass of wine sounds great right about now.

  39. Food tents! Brilliant!

  40. Katie L says:

    thanks you for publishing this. It is a great idea for a family with limited funds to have a nice time

  41. Michele P. says:

    definitely Disney, my daughter has been begging to go. But we’ve gone to Guatemala the last 2 years to see hubby’s family and all her relatives… and are heading back for a month again in Mid July…. so yes, I will be in the tropics during rainy season…lol. I love those ice balls, I am definitely going to buy some, they look so cool in the pitcher!

  42. Love the bug nets!! Must haves in Georgia!

  43. Mia Dentice Carey says:

    GREAT IDEAS!!!! I would plan a family vacation to Pittsburgh!

  44. My fiance wants to go somewhere tropical for our honeymoon…I want to go to DisneyWorld! We would probably compromise and go somewhere that fits both our wants (even just a little).

    LOVE the ice ball molds…will have to look for those!

  45. World Market rocks. What a creative idea!

  46. I would like to go to Hawaii

  47. Tracy Awalt Juliano says:

    I’d choose California. I miss my mommy, and my daughter misses her grammy.

  48. I love the idea of creating a vacation for your family at home. We can’t afford to vacation this summer, either, so I would like to use this idea and create a getaway for us here at home! Great post!

  49. Awesome idea. Those ice balls do look really neat.

  50. Meghan V. says:

    Those ice balls look really cool. (no pun intended) I’ve really been craving ice these last couple of weeks. It probably has to do with the heat and that I’m 36 wks pregnant.

  51. jackie Lang says:

    so cute!!! definatly going to do this with my little one and family

  52. That looks so tasty! Its cheap too!

  53. Katie Meyer says:

    The ice balls look like eyeballs! You could totally use those for halloween!

  54. Amanda France says:

    This looks very good I will try this…

  55. Ashley Snyder says:

    So fun! Will be going there asap!

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