If cold autumn days make you yearn for sunny beaches, fresh tropical fruit, and island music, then turn your next party into a summer getaway with a hot Hawaiian theme. Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, graduation, or promotion, a luau brings the fun and excitement of the tropics to your gatherings. Here’s what you need to do for a fun luau party:
Decorate your space
Embrace tropical kitsch, and place pink flamingoes and artificial palm trees outside your door to greet party-goers. Extend a warm welcome to your guests with a paper, plastic, or silk Hawaiian lei and a hearty “Aloha!”
Hang green and yellow streamers, banners, and balloons to bring a fresh and sunshiny ambiance to your party area. Surfboards create a great impression as a party decoration as well, so dust off your old board, or use some cardboard and craft materials to make one yourself.
Nothing says “luau” like bamboo tiki torches. If you’re holding your party indoors, however, simply hang strands of luau-inspired string lights on the walls and place flameless candles on the dining tables.
Decorate with anything that conjures up a tropical paradise for you. Think sea shells, coconuts, pineapples, and starfish. Most importantly, make good use of flowers. Whether they’re real or artificial, colorful flowers and orchids add a beautiful touch that completes the look of your lovely luau.
Lay out a feast
Fresh fruit is essential for an authentic luau feast. Instead of preparing a fruit bowl, make individual fruit skewers with pineapple chunks, strawberries, cherries, melon, or any other colorful fruit. Cut a whole pineapple lengthwise, stick the skewers into one half, and place whipped cream on the other half for dipping.
Pork roasting is a big part of Hawaiian culture. Get into the spirit of this tradition and prepare this recipe for pulled pork sliders. Served with warm Hawaiian rolls, this sweet and savory dish is sure to wow your hungry guests.
Wash your delicious food down with a refreshing tropical punch. Mix pineapple juice, ginger ale, orange juice, lemon, and lime, and serve in island-themed mugs. For a drink with a bit more kick, make authentic piña coladas by blending fresh pineapple juice, rum, coconut cream, and crushed ice. Serve in a Hurricane glass and garnish with a cherry, pineapple wedge, and cocktail umbrella.
Play it up
Get your guests into the island groove by playing some Polynesian or Hawaiian music. Add in a few classic beach songs or surfing tunes and everyone will be singing and dancing in no time.
You may be surprised to discover that the limbo dance actually originated in the island nation of Trinidad. Still, this game is super fun to play, and all you need is a bamboo pole or broomstick and Chubby Checker’s hit song, “Limbo Rock.” For less flexible guests, have a talented friend teach a quick and easy hula dancing lesson.
These ideas will help make your Big Island party dreams come true. So, get everything in place and get ready for loads of fun, food, and laughter at your very own luau party.
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