"Tropical" when planning your event. Bright
colors, flowers,greenery, ocean, exotic sounds, authentic
designs, bamboo, wicker, anything that says Tropics!
One of the most popular party themes, which can transport
your guests from everyday life to a tantalizing, tropical
island escape for an evening.
LOVE TO LUAU!
My Hawaiian Party!
Hawaiian parties are colorful, fun and the food is fabulous
and what's more there are interesting cool tropical
Instead of sending an invitation alone, prove you're
creative and include a flower hair comb for the ladies
and a flower wrist bracelet for the men. Tell them to
wear the pieces you send them to the party! Have them
dress in tropical prints and Aloha shirts.
To make a grand entrance, place bamboo tiki torches
outside your door as the first indication to your guests
that this is going to be the Hawaii to remember. Adorn
your porch rail or doorway with parrot and/or palm tree
lights for a festive effect. Add a CD player with island
music to create the perfect atmosphere. If you are really
adventurous use pink flamingos outside your party place.
The backyard is fun to decorate with the rest of the
house, so don't neglect this space, expand the party
outside. Paper lanterns might be a nice touch, whether
inside or in the back yard. Tribal masks are fun, too.
Shells, sand and perhaps a mini-pool is in order here
as well. If you really want to go crazy, rent realistic
looking fake palm trees and wooden totem poles to place
around the yard/patio. Candle votives are a must,but
don't forget the citronella candles.
Using skirts, make a table skirt around the buffet table
to bring Hawaii right inside your home. Use a green
plastic or linen tablecloth over the buffet and pin
the skirting t o the edges. Add fabulous tropical balloons
(all you need is some helium) in the shape of fish,
palm trees and other related shapes, so buffets can
be seen from anywhere at the party.
A flamingo air walker (a helium balloon with feet) makes
for a great centerpiece and is something different than
the norm. Don't forget to add confetti and more foil
wrapped chocolate fish. Make sure to use tropical colors
for your tablecloths--yellow, green, hot pink, melon,
orange and bright blue. Add your own seashells, maracas
and sand. Another great idea is to use piñatas
as your centerpieces or if you prefer, hang them above
The first drink should be served complete with tropical
straws and tropical drink stirrers. You may want to
add some pineapple votive candles to create some atmosphere-and
you may want to add some tropical lights around the
bar as well. Don't forget the all-important coconut
cups, whether plastic or made from real coconuts (how
dedicated do you want to be to making this as authentic
as possible for your guests?) See our Tropical Teasers
Fish squirts (little rubber fish that you fill with
water, squeeze and squirt) are great fun if the party
is outside. Another idea is to send guests home with
their own plastic tropical beverage glasses. These are
very cute and can be found in house-ware stores.
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