Aloha! Welcome to Hawaii! Or, nearly Hawaii. More like the backyard.
I heard you’re having a luau celebration, and need ideas. First, cue some “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Iz. Then, tune up your ukulele.
And, here: have a lei!
They’re straight from the island of Dollar Tree, the most affordable vacation spot in the tropics.
It’s a well-known fact that a table planning on attending this shindig ought to dress in a traditional grass skirt.
You wouldn’t want your serving area committing a fashion faux-pas, now would you?
This lovely, possibly artificial, model may be found at Amazon.
Besides a lovely skirt, your furniture may be in want of some floral accents.
If you’ve ever made tissue paper flowers, these will be a cinch. They actually are tissue paper flowers, with a pipe cleaner twist up the middle.
Only the most fastidious of botanists will notice they aren’t real hibiscus.
If you simply cannot host your luau in the lush island environment it deserves, you’ll need to create your own.
Ignore those pink bird things, and instead look at the bamboo mat behind them. It makes a great backdrop, especially when hung with flowers and greenery.
If you’ve really got to have flamingos, move them out to the front yard where they belong.
These tiki totem table decorations are a fun tongue twister, plus the most awesome party accessory on this page.
Secure yourself a whole lot of corrugated paper. Pull one length into the initial tube, then cut holes for eyes and mouth.
Finally, accent their holes, eyebrows, cheeks, and top and bottom edges with glued-on bits of your remaining paper.
The guests aren’t the only thing to get lei’d at this party.
Thanks to the various products available on Amazon, your cold ones can look pretty hot.
Hula dance, anyone?
Besides a few bottled and skirted drink options, a luau just isn’t the same without a great island drink.
This flower-accented punch is simply 7-up, frozen orange juice concentrate, and pineapple juice.
No one wants to work too hard at a luau, after all.
Besides a full-size pig roasted in your backyard, you’ll need some side dishes.
What about fruit? What about fruit that bears a resemblance to your tiki totems from earlier?
This handsome head is a carved watermelon, topped with a pineapple crown.
I know I mentioned pig earlier, but these crabs are more up my alley.
They’re so cute!
As you can see, the crabwiches are formed from croissants with pincer cuts on the ends. Their mouth is half a radish slice, and the stalk eyes are olive slices.
Hey, now, native islanders! A luau is definitely not complete without a limbo contest.
Construct your own, from two side poles and a lightweight middle piece. Or, pick one up from party stores.
We used an inflatable one at a recent gathering, and it became even more difficult with natural air loss.
Book your browser to these destinations for more details:
1. Dollar Tree
3. Bird’s Party
5. All You
10. Chic Party Ideas