Having a Hawaiian-themed party can be a thrill!
If you have been tasked to organize an office party or you are soon hosting a backyard dinner party, adding a tropical twist to your event can be exciting for everyone – and the best part here is that you don’t even have to spend big bucks just to do this the right way. With a little creativity and resourcefulness, you will be able to pull off a memorable budget-friendly luau.
Props and Decorations
Setting up the party place is always fun.
You can easily capture the Hawaiian vibe by designing the venue to resemble a beach. Create sun, palm trees, sandcastles, and huge seashells using paints and cardboards. You can also display beach balls, surfboards and tiki torches.
Naturally, you should greet guests with paper leis which is always more affordable than real flowers. Assign someone to do this at the door.
Ideally, you should have informed all attendees that they are expected to wear Hawaiian costumes during the social event. Girls should wear grass skirts plus guys should go for Hawaiian-themed shirts and plain-colored shorts.
Of course, playing appropriate music in the background is a must. Pop in some Hawaiian songs in your player and everyone will be ready to party. These tunes are usually upbeat and positive.
Feel free to add songs from popular musicians though such as “Blue Hawaii” by Elvis Presley, “Aloha Oe” by Johnny Cash, “Red Red Wine” by UB40 and practically every song by Bob Marley or the Beach Boys.
Roasted pig is often the main course for every Hawaiian party. You may also want to serve tropical punch for your beverage plus Hawaiian-flavored pizza. Pina Coladas are ideal if it is an adult party while coconut juice may be a perfect alternative for non-drinkers.
Display some flowers on the table as well as a pineapple centerpiece. This may sound really simple but it always works in making your table designs more attractive. Those serving the food should wear proper Hawaiian costume but make sure that those in charge of cooking chores (especially those who are grilling) are not wearing grass skirts. That can be very risky.
Games and Activities
Have someone teach the crowd how to do the hula dance. Do some online research and learn the mechanics of basic Hawaiian games. Be warned, however, not to play the Limbo because that game actually originated in Trinidad – not Hawaii.
Richard Curtain used to work for a caterer and party planner in Melbourne. With his exposure to party preparations and scouting for supplies online and offline, he developed the knack for being a party thrower himself. You can find more Hawaiian party theme ideas and supplies at PartiesOnline.com.au.