Luau parties are a great theme for any party and a lot of fun to host. Hawaiian luau parties are easy to do and can be used as a theme for birthday, graduation or just a party to welcome in summer. Most luau parties are held outdoors but for those who want to use their apartment to host a luau party there are some easy ways the theme can be incorporated in to a small space.
Decorating for the Party
Using your apartment for the luau party can be a lot of fun but don’t overwhelm the small space with too many decorations. A few thoughtful touches here and there and can make the theme apparent to the guests without going overboard. Grass skirts are available at most party stores and can be used to decorate serving tables and chairs to add a Hawaiian touch to the room.
Another easy decorating item to find at party stores are Hawaiian leis made from plastic flowers. These can be passed out to each guest but also used to decorate the room. They can be placed around the base of a punch bowl or circling some of the serving platters. Use seashells to decorate the serving table and give it a tropical feel. Shells can be purchased at craft stores for those that do not own any.
Ambiance for the Party
Have fun with the Hawaiian theme for this party and invite guests to dress in Hawaiian shirts or clothing. Put some music on the stereo with a beach theme including some music from the Beach Boys, Jimmy Buffett or Bob Marley. This will add to the theme of the party and also help get the party going.
Drinks for the Party
Real Hawaiian luau parties are known for being a feast so be sure to provide plenty of food and drinks for guests. If alcohol is going to be served, a few drink recipes can be used to add some personality to the party. Don’t forget to buy some adorable cocktail umbrellas to add to the drinks. For those not serving alcohol these drinks can still be made, just without the alcohol added. Mai Tais, margaritas, daiquiris or pina coladas are all fun drinks that can be used for this theme.
Food for Guests
Instead of serving a main dish and having a seated dinner, offer guests a wide variety of appetizers and finger foods. This will keep the party moving and guests interacting while moving through different food stations set up throughout the room. This also allows you to go without a dining room table for the party and let guests find seats around the room or even on the floor. Kabobs, shrimp,chicken wings or teriyaki chicken are all great choices for the main food items.
Another station can be set up with a wide variety of fresh fruit to choose from. Don’t forget about the dessert station either. Any standard desserts can be used including cookies and cake but to finish off the Hawaiian theme try some macadamia nut brittle or coconut bars.