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!”

Catalina breeze artificial palm trees

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It seems like only yesterday that we were sunbathing by the pool, grilling burgers at picnics, and vacationing at the beach. Now, it’s time to give summer the awesome send-off it deserves. Gather your friends and soak up some of the last bits of summer fun with a rocking party that will be remembered for many seasons to come. Here’s what you’ll need to do:

Set the Scene

First, look for inspiration. Think about what summer means to you and use it as the back story for your décor.

Hawaiian-themed glasses

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Yearning for some sun-drenched tropical fun? Plant down some Tiki lights, prop up your old surfboard, and have guests dress up in sundresses and Hawaiian shirts for a luau-style bash.

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Barbecue on the grill and fireworks in the sky! Host an awesome party this 4th of July!

You’ve probably attended some awesome 4th of July celebrations that are just packed. Attending big Independence Day parties is great for meeting new people and celebrating without the fuss of preparing and cleaning up. However, if you don’t want to be surrounded by a big crowd this year but still want to celebrate with good food and good people, you can just host your own 4th of July party. Here’s how:

The American Flag

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Get a kick out of these tips and tricks for hosting an April Fool’s Day Party

Now is the chance to call out your inner child and host an all-out April Fool’s Day party for you and your prankster friends. Check out some of the things you could do to prepare for the ultimate fun and funny party this year!


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Whether you love Mardis Gras or simply enjoy colorful parties, Treetopia will show you how to plan a FUN-tastic Carnival party

You may have missed the festivities during this year’s Mardis Gras Parade but that doesn’t mean you have to wait another year to experience the glorious festive atmosphere that comes with it. Read on below for tips on how to organize your very own Mardis Gras, whether you’re planning for next year or you just want to host a carnival-themed party any time of the year.


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Food, Glorious Food!

Mardis Gras is not the English translation of “Fat Tuesday” for nothing. Since this day of celebration is held before Lent and fasting begin, it’s only natural to gorge on glorious food. So if you really want a carnival-inspired celebration, it is a must for your party to be filled (if not overflowing) with food. You can start off with a simple appetizer like this scrumptious shrimp canapé recipe from Leslie Styles’ blog. Caryn Ross also shares a couple of easy-to-make Mardis Gras recipes on her blog, Cooking with Caryn. Follow it up with three or four types of main dish until your guests reach the delicious moon pie dessert or traditional king cake. You don’t have to worry because there’s always room for dessert.


moon pie photo by steevithak via flickr. CC BY-SA 2.0 (left) and king cake photo by syvwlch via flickr. CC BY 2.0 (right)

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Forget pity parties and anti-Valentine’s Day sentiments. Call up your best single girl friends for a Valentine’s Day party they will surely remember

If you’ve been single for a while and are about to do your best rendition of “All by Myself” a la Bridget Jones, stop, take a deep breath, and think about doing something more enjoyable and productive this Valentine’s Day. Since you’ve already decorated your home to reflect a romantic Valentine’s atmosphere, take it to the next level by hosting a terrific party for your fellow single friends. (If you haven’t decorated for Valentines yet, check out The Single’s Guide to Decorating for Valentine’s.)

 

The Venue: Your Home

When it comes to choosing a venue, it’s better to host intimate parties in familiar places. What other place would be more familiar than your own home? If you have a nice garden shielded from the cool winter breeze, you can host an outdoor party. If not, you can settle for a cozy party indoors. Glam up your home with lovely centerpieces and table decorations. We found this 11 unique table decoration ideas from the Inspiration for Home blog.

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When the festivities are over, it’s time to return your home to its gleaming state. Treetopia shows you how

Since 2013 has officially begun and the pressure is on to bring back your home to its fabulous, gleaming state, make sure that the season of festivities did not leave a permanent mark in your home. Treetopia has gathered some quick fixes for unwanted stains that usually come with amazing parties.

 

Sauces, Condiments, and Grease

We all want our food to have the most delectable flavors; however, sometimes the flavors roll off our plates to embrace our linen table cloths and carpets. Instead of allowing the stain to settle and spending a lot of time in an attempt to revive the initial glorious appearance of your fabrics and linens, do a quick first-aid rescue using ordinary household items. Use a paper towel to scoop up the excess sauce, condiment, or food grease, then dab the stained area with a dishwashing liquid solution. Rinse with cold water.

 

 

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Forget ghosts and ghouls! Here are some Halloween costumes that will surely get you noticed.

Halloween is creeping up fast behind you, getting closer and closer until you can feel its breath on your neck, sending chills down your spine. Are you prepared to go out on Halloween and show off your costume? If you haven’t prepared your costume yet, or have no idea about what to wear, here are some Halloween costume suggestions you can try out for yourself:

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Join the Horde
A classic Halloween costume, you will definitely come across a few people dressed as zombies in varying degrees of decay. Use your artistic skills with simple or prosthetic make-up to achieve the perfect look of decay. Top it off with tattered clothing, a splash of fake blood and a limp to give you that realistic zombie appearance.  Since it has been popularized by computer games, television shows and a few recent films, you will surely be a part of the horde.

Smooth Operator
Men can go for a classic crisp look with a tuxedo paired with a bow tie or a suit with a fashionable neck tie to give that sharp, smooth super spy James Bond look. Keep a stash of gadgets to impress the ladies or make a quick getaway. Don’t forget to call M to get briefed on your mission!

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If you’re throwing a party this Halloween, do something unique that will make your party one to remember. Instead of just buying candies and chocolates from the store like everybody else does, have your guests take home some memorable homemade party favors. Here are some ideas for fun and sassy party favors your Halloween party guests will absolutely adore.

Design Your Own Coffin

Since Halloween is all about ghouls, ghosts, and vampires, make your guests design their own edible coffins. Bake a few batches of cookies, gingerbread, or whatever pastry you can cut into the shape of a coffin. When the pastries have been shaped and cooled, set them aside.

Don’t forget to buy materials for decorating the coffins. Chocolate or strawberry syrup, mini marshmallows, chocolate or rainbow sprinkles, crushed nuts, fruits – it’s up to you. Make sure you set up a separate coffin station so your guests can sit down while working on their designs.

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Halloween used to be more about kids wearing spooky costumes and going door-to-door seeking candy. However, now that you’re all grown up, you need an exciting and appealing substitute for trick-or-treating that will make your holiday unforgettable. Here are some off-beat Halloween party ideas that will help ensure you won’t miss the fun on October 31.


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Hogwarts Halloween

The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling is not just young adult fiction; it is now also a cult classic that even grown-ups can appreciate. Have your guests come as Harry Potter characters, and serve snacks and cocktails like All Flavor Beans and Butter Beer. Place a sign above your door that says, “Platform 9 ¾,” and add an element of surprise by using a Sorting Hat to divide your guests into houses. Organize games such as Muggle Quidditch. The house with the most points at the end of the party gets a prize. You can even set up your house to look like the Leaky Cauldron!

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