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One of the most popular party themes is the Luau theme, transport your guests from everyday life to a tropical island getaway for an evening. Whether it is held indoors or out, it is a welcome "trip" any time of the year, for any occasion.
Write your party details on a coconut or on the back of a suntan lotion sample.
Hand deliver your desert island party plan in a glass bottle.
Enclose a lei with your invitation attached. Instruct your guest to wear the lei to the party.
Attach your luau invitation to a pair of sunglasses and mail in a padded envelope.
Line buffet, and even the bar, with grass skirts.
Use a rubber raft, old charcoal grill or child's wading pool, as a cooler. Fill with ice and canned drinks.
Outdoor tiki torches are a must, especially to keep the bugs away.
Round glass bowls, half-filled with water, with live goldfish is a fun centerpiece.
Add votive candles to the table and use shells as candleholders. Sprinkle a little sand in the center of the table to really give a "beach-y" feel.
Place mylar balloon bouquets of parrot and tropical fish shapes around the room.
Hang fishnets from ceiling or doorways.
Have your guests dress in grass skirts and halter tops, Hawaiian shirts and shorts.
If you didn't send Hawaiian leis with the invitations, greet your guests at the door with a lei.
Check out tropical lighting for some fun decorations, such as Tiki String Lights, which would be great to string up and around the buffet table or the entry way; and the foil parrot or palm tree picks to decorate appetizer and fruit trays.
Have a limbo dancing contest.
Arrange for hula lessons; or have a hula hoop contest.
Lip-sync some of Don Ho's recordings, such as "Tiny Bubbles" and "Pearly Shells."
Scavenger or treasure hunts are another option.
Pass The Coconut-Played like hot potato, make sure you use tropical music.
Fill a child's swimming pool with sand-place coins in the sand.
Trimming Your Table
Set the table with brightly colored plates, napkins and cutlery. Luau colors tend to be red, yellow, hot pink, green and a hint of purple.
Glasses for fun tropical drinks are a must. Either plastic margarita glasses or palm tree cups would really put your guests in paradise.