Luau Party Ideas

Luau Party

A luau party is a great way to celebrate the summer or to send the summer off once fall arrives. In truth, any time of year is perfect for a luau party, even if you can’t actually hold it outside. If you are planning a luau party and need some help rounding out the theme, finding the right luau party supplies, picking a venue, or picking a menu, you’ve come to the right place. Here are some great ideas to kick off or help you finish up your party planning.

Luau Food Ideas

A large part of planning the right party is to have the right food. It’s what people will remember, more than the decorations and the activities. If you are looking to build your luau party menu, here are some suggestions that are sure to impress your guests:

  • Grilled vegetable kabobs – Everyone is going to be expecting meat—that’s a traditional part of a luau—but what about some vegetables? Red peppers, mushrooms, onion, and zucchini all threaded onto a skewer are a delicious and colorful addition to your table that will be perfect for someone looking for lighter fare or who simply doesn’t eat meat.
  • Meat kabobs – While pork would be an obvious choice, if you prefer chicken or beef, those will be just as tasty on a skewer and broiled on your grill. A sweet barbecue sauce, brushed onto the meat during cooking will add a little bit of island flavor to this part of your luau party. Just make sure to soak the skewers in water before you use them, or they will burn.
  • Pineapple upside down cupcakes – A pineapple upside down cake might be a bit ambitious for your guests to eat with their hands (as is the luau way), but a cupcake is a great way to get the same flavor, in a bite-sized package. Instead of using cupcake liners, just make sure the cupcake pan is well greased, and add some pieces of pineapple to the bottom of each before pouring in your cupcake mix.
  • Fruit salad – Is there anything better than fresh fruit salad? While it might be more traditionally American to add some cool whip to the diced fruit, simply tossing the fruit together, without any added sweetener is a great way to add a lot of color to your table and provide a healthier option for those that maybe want to avoid the cupcakes but still want something sweet.
  • Pork sliders – Pork sliders are just as much fun as big pork sandwiches, and if you just provide the buns and let each person build their own set of sliders, everyone is sure to get a meal that they love.

These are just a few options that can make a fast and easy spread for any luau party! Change up the ingredients and the mix so that the food fits your needs and the needs of your guests.

Luau Party Supplies

Decorating for a luau party is perhaps easier than decorating for just about any other party. With a myriad of luau party supplies available, it’s simple to find the exact items you want or need, at a great price. Here are some of the best luau party supplies:

  • Bamboo string lights–A little bit of kitschy lighting can completely transform your space. These bamboo string lights over a door or hung from a tree, are a great way to help set the ambiance and theme of your party.
  • Hula skirts for your tables – While you will probably want hula skirts for your guests, too, you can also find grass skirts that will wrap around tables. This is a great way to make even a plastic rental table look like it is on-theme. Wrap one around your buffet table, around your cocktail tables, and more!
  • Hibiscus plates and napkins–If you are looking for great paper products that will help round out your tables, these beautiful, multi-colored plates are the ultimate choice. Not only do they fit perfectly into the luau party theme, they are just as functional as other paper products.
  • Leis for days – Parties 2 Order has lots of different lei styles to choose from, whether you want rainbow lies, realistic looking leis, or leis in a specific color. Presenting each of your guests with a lei when they arrive will immediately set the tone and theme of the party.

These are just some of the great luau party supplies that you will need to make your party as perfect as it can be.

Luau Party Activities and Venues

Some luau party activities are obvious. You will probably want to limbo at some point. You will probably also want to dance the hula—otherwise, what’s the point of wearing the skirts, right? These two activities can be great fun for your guests, but they are probably not going to occupy everyone for the entire party. Other outdoor games can be encouraged, including volleyball or soccer, or you could set up and watch a great Hawaiian-themed movie.

Picking the right venue will simply be a matter of time and tastes. If you are planning your luau party during the summer, a backyard or even the beach are great venues and come with their own set of activities to keep your guests busy. On the other hand, if you are planning a party for the fall or winter, it might be better to pick a large indoor space that gives you plenty of room to spread out and still have fun.

Tips for Throwing a Fantastic Luau Party

Luau Party Tips

Nothing says summer like a luau party! As the weather heats up, you can transform your backyard, house, or neighborhood park into the ultimate luau. With the right decorations, food, and music, a perfect luau party is a snap to pull off. While you may not have time to roast a whole suckling pig or personally make every guest a grass skirt, you can find plenty of great luau party decorations and easy recipes right here in our list that will make party planning as fun as the party itself! Here are ten tips to make sure your luau party is absolutely perfect.

1. Don’t skimp on decorations.

The last thing you want is for your space to look under-decorated. While too many Christmas decorations in one place may make it look overstuffed, there is just about no thing as too much luau. Tikis, grass skirts, and coconuts should abound. Lining each table with a grass skirt is a great place to start. Fake tropical flowers can add life to glasses, tables, and walls. Tiki masks or totems are great for filling out tables or spicing up just about any area. If you want more decorations to fill out the space but are maxed out on luau-themed items, brightly colored balloons, lanterns, table clothes are all a great bet.

2. It’s all about the food.

If you want to spring for a caterer, you probably can get that suckling pig that is a staple of traditional Hawaiian luaus. If you want to save a few bucks and make the food yourself, a great place to start is the slow cooker. Making perfect, luau-ready pulled pork (which can be loaded onto buns for sandwiches or slid into lettuce wraps), is as easy as putting a roast and some Hawaiian barbecue sauce in the slow cooker. When working on your menu, keep these tenants in mind: pineapple, sweet barbecue, and bright colors.

3. Activities should be varied and plentiful.

In order to keep your guest happy, you already know that you want a couple of different activities available. But what games will keep with your Hawaiian theme? Just about anything can become appropriate for a luau party if you put a tiki twist on it, but there are games like limbo that are specific to the luau experience. A fun way to get everyone involved and showing off those dance moves is to have a hula dance lesson!

4. How about a tiki bar?

Tiki Bar Sign

Complete with tikis to flank the bartender, have your bar doling out sweet, fruity drinks to go along with your expertly prepared meal. Don’t forget the umbrella garnishes and pink, yellow, and blue glasses, for a truly tiki experience.

5. Ready-made costumes are all the rage.

Luau Hula Skirt

A great way to get everyone in the spirit of the party is to have costumes ready and waiting when they arrive. Grass skirts are just the foundation. Pile on the coconut bras, the leis, and the straw hats to really bring Hawaii to your space. Large flowers can be tucked behind the ear or worn around the wrist for even more color. If you are really enterprising, you can even have many different sizes of flip-flops waiting, so guests can trade out their “city shoes” for something a little more island.

6. Hawaii-specific music selections can set the scene.

What is Hawaii-specific music, you ask? Think back to those old surfer movies. The Beach Boys and Elvis are staples, as is that easy-going, hula music we all know so well. If you take a few minutes to poke around the internet, you’re sure to find a mix that will serve your party well, whether you’re going to be trying out the hula or just rocking out.

7. Pick the perfect location.

The perfect location for a luau party is the one that accommodates your guests and has plenty of room for all of the activities, dancing, and decorations that will make your party great. Outdoors is usually best, but if the weather is working against you, look for a place that can accommodate everyone.

8. Stay safe with flame, grass skirts, and bamboo.

Tiki torches and grilling can be dangerous when you’re wearing a grass skirt. Either hand the grill over to someone not in costume or find a floral-print apron that will still keep you in-theme, but is far less likely to catch on fire. Make sure that there are no flames within the reach of children or anywhere that someone could accidently catch a part of their costume on fire.

9. Lei on a party favor.

Butterfly Lei

Party favors do not have to be just for kids’ parties. Luckily, for a luau party, you likely have already provided a great party favor—the costume! Grass skirts, leis, and even flip-flops are all inexpensive and great reminders of all the fun your guests had at your party! Set up a table at the entrance where your guests can pick up their favors and “lei” them on and then make sure everyone knows they are welcome to take their costume with them when the festivities are finally over.

10. Whether you choose to go classy or over the top, don’t forget to have fun!

It’s easy to get caught up in the stress of planning your party—but a luau is supposed to be relaxing and fun! Don’t spend too much time fretting. If you start to get overwhelmed, either dial pack your plans or enlist the help of a responsible friend. It doesn’t have to be complicated to be fun!

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The Perfect Party Decorations for a Luau!

Party Decorations- Luau Themed Lights

We have so many fun and exciting party decorations for luau theme parties that I almost wish I could throw one myself. Maybe when I’m not so busy!

I just want to share with everyone some cool party decorations we have that can really make your luau theme party colorful and spectacular! I think lights are so fun, if you have an outdoor bar or other area where you are going to have your guests. Fun lights are a perfect way to provide a luau feel.

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