Luau Party Ideas
What’s more relaxing and fun than hanging out at a luau on a sunny day? Can’t think of anything? Neither could we, so that’s why we decided to help you get started with ideas for planning your own luau. There’s so much to choose from, let us help guide you through the ins and outs of luau party preparation. Before you know it you and your guests will be stretching back in a comfortable lounge chair with a frosty, tropical drink in your hand.
A luau can be on a grand scale or a more informal get-together at home. Tropical luau ambiance can be made anywhere and for any type of party. Use this popular theme for birthday parties, retirements, anniversaries, weddings, bridal showers, church events, graduation celebrations, community events, or for a themed neighborhood get-together. And the best part, it can be one of the most inexpensive party ideas you can plan when you can shop all in one place. Check out some of these popular luau party ideas.
Plan a community, neighborhood, church, or friends and family luau using a tropical beach party idea. And believe it or not, this can be outdoors or indoors. An outdoor luau can be held at a lake, local beach, or a park. Hang an Aloha banner in the trees or across the fronts of tables to greet guests as they arrive. Dangle silk flower garland from the trees to hang down like floral vines. Inflate a couple of 5 foot palm trees and stand them around the party. You could also fill an inflatable palm tree cooler with ice to keep your favorite beverages chilled and ready to drink. Cover any plain tables in a colorful assortment of plastic table rolls and add some raffia table skirting to stir in the breeze. And don’t forget a fabulous centerpiece. Since you’re having this party outside, tabletop bamboo torches can be set in the center, nestled in a pile of sand with a scattering of seashells and colorful starfish. Place straw beachcomber hats and white plastic seashells on food tables and fill them up with lots of snacks and luau goodies. As guests arrive, they can be greeted with an Aloha and floral lei to wear for the party. If you can’t plan your luau party for outdoors, don’t be afraid to take it inside. With a couple of backdrops you can transform a community center or church hall into a tropical beach. We suggest putting together a Luau Insta-theme for the most impact on your guests. It consists of surfboards, tiki-huts, palm trees, and exotic birds set against a blue sky and ocean beach backdrop. Insta-themes are easy to set up if you’ve got a couple sets of hands to help. They are lightweight and extremely inexpensive considering the size of the decoration. Hanging metallic palm trees make great ceiling decorations and can be stored to use again and again. To decorate a table indoors, use an artificial grass flowered table skirt and secure it to the edges of the tables. A tissue pineapple placed in the middle makes a great centerpiece. Scatter a handful of hibiscus flower confetti around the bottom and fan it out to the ends of the table for even more color. Set a seashell photo/balloon holder showing the guests' names at each place setting for guests to take home to remember their tropical get-away.
Luau Birthday PartyA luau makes the best birthday party theme, no matter what age you’re celebrating. It can be tailored for small children, teenagers, twenty-somethings, or someone celebrating a 50th birthday. Everyone enjoys wearing a pretty flowered lei or tropical fern leaf lei, but for children we also carry an assortment of special kid-sized grass hula skirts sized just for them. That way you don’t have to take precious party planning time trying to figure out how to make adult-sized hula skirts fit your littlest party guests. Create a goody bag for each child to take home with them. Instead of a plain old bag, fill a brightly colored plastic bamboo or hibiscus tumbler with an inflatable ukulele, a couple tropical tattoos, a sheet of luau stickers, and colorful luau latex balloons. We even carry party games kids of all ages will enjoy, like a tiki stand-up bean bag toss. See who can toss more bean bags into the mouth of tiki man. We also have a fantastic looking tiki piñata that everyone can take turns trying to bust open with a stick. But a limbo contest is the way to really get a party hopping. To make it easy on you, just pick up a limbo kit with a CD of limbo music already included.
Planning a sweet 16 luau party? If you have access to a pool, have the gals and guys wear their bathing suits and swim trunks. The teenage girls will love wearing exotic silk flower clips in their hair and the guys will get a kick out of sporting a pair of tropical sunglasses. Mix up some non-alcoholic frozen beverages and place them in frosted plastic hurricane glasses with a straw and party parasol pick. If you’re serving cans of cold soda, make sure you have enough foam tropical shirt can insulators for everyone so their drinks will stay cold. Toss flower leis over every surface and set out sparkling metallic palm tree centerpieces on tables surrounded by a variety of luau inspired foods. You can serve things like chunks of pineapple, mango, kiwi, star fruit, guava, papaya, and bananas. Soak chicken breasts or strips of pork in a teriyaki marinade and cook them on the grill. Give each guest a colorful Paradise paper plate and let them dig in. Throughout the party your teenage guests can have a blast getting their picture taken with our Luau Photo Props. They can pretend to be a hula dancer, surfer, scuba diver, or goofy monkey. Photo props are really fun and really inexpensive. Pick up all four to give guests a choice or have a picture taken with each one. They can pretend to be a hula dancer, surfer, scuba diver, or crazy monkey. When the food and fun is done, have your guests help clean up by sending each one home with one of the leis you used to decorate.
If you’ve decided to throw a luau for someone just turning 21 or even someone diving into their 50’s, we’ve got everything you need to really party. Create a tropical bar for the birthday guy or gal by hanging a tiki bar banner above the bar or drink-mixing table. Hang a couple 23 inch plastic tiki idols off the edge of the bar and set out some hibiscus coasters. When someone orders a tropical beverage, serve it up in a plastic coconut cup, a plastic palm tree stem glass, or a plastic palm tree margarita glass. And don’t forget to top off each drink with a metallic or paper parasol pick. If they don’t want a cocktail and just want a shot of something, fill up a hibiscus print shot glass or a goofy luau party shot glass. In case anyone gets the munchies while they’re drinking and socializing, set out a couple real coconut cups filled with macadamia nuts, pistachios, cashews, and Brazil nuts. When it’s really time to get down to some serious eating, put out plates of BBQ ribs, glazed ham, and grilled fish. Set down a couple bowls of tropical fruit salad, fried rice, and a Hawaiian pasta salad. You could make up a plastic tray of sweet peppers, carrots, tomatoes, celery, cucumbers, and radishes with a cool Hawaiian spinach dip. To keep the party going after all the food is gone, give guests inexpensive grass hula skirts and coconut bikini tops, put on a little Hawaiian music, and let them all participate in a hula dance.
We did say a luau party theme can be use for any type of party or celebration, and graduation luau parties have recently become very popular. Instead of sending out ordinary graduation party invitations, send out Aloha Invitations so everyone knows you'll be wishing the new grad good luck with a tropical flair. Set out Luau Party yard signs in the front of your house to announce to all the guests exactly where the party is taking place. Greet them at the door with a luau party streamer that says “Luau Party” in giant glittered letters and flowered leis in the grad's school colors. Put inflatable palm trees along the sides of the party entrance. Hang a Silk N Petals floral curtain in each doorway for guests to walk through. It’ll make them feel just like they’re entering a tropical paradise. Have your main party area decked out in more leis and hang tissue fish from the ceiling or from the trees in your yard. The jointed surfboard makes a great decoration for walls or secured to tree trunks with staples, tape, or strings. You can light up the night with tabletop bamboo torches and sandal candles in the center of tables you’ve set out for food or relaxing. If you’re partying indoors, you can incorporate the graduation theme with brightly colored graduation autograph centerpieces. Guests can personalize these centerpieces on the front and back to give to the graduate as a keepsake. And remember to label all the importance places and things at your luau party. Use Hawaiian sign cutouts with actual Hawaiian words and their translations to let guests know where the bathrooms are located or where to get food and drinks. This is especially great if you’ve planned a pot luck party and everyone is bringing a dish to share. Remember to set out a card box to collect all of those well wishes and gift cards. If you go with a blank all-purpose card box, you can personalize it with pictures and signatures all draped in fish netting to go along with the luau party theme.
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