Luau Theme Party Guide

posted on 7/8/13

Summer time is the best season for hosting an outdoor gathering with friends. With warm breezes and sun kissed skin, it is easy to pretend you are living in a tropical paradise. These months of balmy bliss are the perfect time to throw a Luau Theme Party. A luau is a traditional Hawaiian celebration that was originated in 1819 when King Kamehameha II removed all religious laws that prevented men and women from eating together. He also lifted a ban that prevented women from eating delicacies once reserved for men. This abolition of gender inequality and separation was cause for the first luau, and the people of Hawaii have regularly enjoyed them ever since. When Hawaii was granted statehood in 1959, the mainland American people became more familiar with these luau customs. Here we will provide some tips for planning your very own luau.


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Decorations

Whether you are throwing your luau in a back yard, on the beach, or on a city roof top, there are a few key items you will need to set the mood. Grass table skirts can be attached to any surface to create an island atmosphere. Real or fake flower garlands should also be utilized to add splashes of color and vibrancy to the affair. Tiki torches can be used for lighting the space and maintaining the island aesthetic. Fruits such as pineapples or watermelons can be hollowed out and carved to create beautiful Hawaiian themed sculptures.

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Attire


Luau theme parties are a great opportunity to take that coconut bra out of storage. Grass skirts are a must-have accessory for both men and women to put on over their regular clothing. Hawaiian leis are another essential part of the luau attire. Hawaiian shirts that feature colorful floral patterns can also be worn to get in the luau spirit.

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Food/Drinks

Perhaps the most fun and integral part of planning your luau theme party is selecting a menu of tropical refreshments to serve your guests. A generous helping of assorted fruits is something you cannot forget. There are unlimited artistic solutions for arranging your fruit into creative displays that your guests will love. Hollowing out a large watermelon or pineapple to use as a serving bowl can create a visual treat for all in attendance. Additionally, it would be pertinent to include coconut based recipes in your luscious spread. Coconut cakes, cookies, or frozen treats would be ideal for a luau theme party. For more hearty fare, you could serve your guests a Hawaiian pizza, which incorporates pineapple chunks and pieces of ham for toppings. Another more ambitious food item is a roasted pig, which follows the Hawaiian tradition of the luau feast. Tropical drinks, such as Pina Coladas and Mai Tais, can be served out of coconut cups with tiny parasols.

If you follow this simple guide, your luau theme party will be the highlight of the summer within your social circle!

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