Throw a Luau Party!

Post Date February 13, 2013

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Winter doldrums knocking at your door? Host a Tropical Luau Party! I love to feast on fun food and entertain friends, and the luau theme is always a huge success. Tropical entertaining is so versatile, your guest list can be altered to suit adults only or set up as a family friendly affair. Give guests a party to brag about when you amaze them with creative food, fun decorations and beachy music. Check out these ideas and get your luau planning started!

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INVITE

Inspire costumes ideas and excite guests to attend your party when you include a tropical lei in their invitation! In addition to a fun keepsake, you just set the mood, and gave everyone something fantastic to look forward to!

 

DECORATE

Transform your space into a balmy oasis when you begin with a tropical palm tree backdrop. Large in scale, these scenes come in a variety of options and sizes. They are a perfect base for mixing and matching components such as tropical cutouts, and scene setters. I love balloons because they are festive and you can send them home with children at the end of the party!

Create a large focal point when you convert a table into a Tiki hut! Use as a food bar or drink stand, and watch your guests flock to it for conversation. Alter counter tops and tables with Grass table skirts. Easy to set up, and reusable as well!

 

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FAVORS

Take fun to fabulous with luau party favors! I like to stuff keepsakes and candy in a beach pail. Top favorites include Neon sunglasses, festive beads, and surfboard key chains. How will you show off your creativity and style?

 

 

GAMES

Perfect for all ages, the Limbo Kit set is an absolute MUST! Pop in the CD and see how low you can go! Award tropical prizes to the winners.

 

 

 

TREATS

The food is the best party of a party! Load up on tropical snacks for your guests. Start simple with treats like pineapple slices, fresh fruit, macadamia nuts and crackers with ham and cheese. Then round out your buffet with some homemade goodies for a personal touch. Try these easy and yummy recipes.

 

Hawaiian Dip

  • 8 oz. cream cheese softened
  • 2 1/2 cups sweetened coconut (I prefer flaked over shredded)
  • 20 oz. can pineapple (chunks or crushed, with juice)
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • Chopped nuts for garnish

Blend all ingredients in food processor to crush pineapple and coconut pieces. Refrigerate 30 minutes before serving. Serve with pita chips, crackers, vanilla wafers, or fresh fruit.

 

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Meatballs

  • 2 lb. package precooked frozen meatballs, or 2 lbs of your favorite homemade meatballs
  • 13.5 oz can of unsweetened pineapple chunks (put juice aside)
  • 1 large green pepper, diced
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2/3 cup of white vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoon soy sauce

Place meatballs in crock pot and top with green pepper and drained pineapple chunks. In a separate bowl, mix reserved pineapple juice, brown sugar, cornstarch, vinegar and soy sauce. Pour sauce over meatballs, pineapple and green peppers. Cook on low for 3-4 hours or until heated through.

Tropical Grilled Coconut Shrimp

  • 20 large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 cups shredded coconut
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons coconut milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3 tablespoons garlic powder

Blend garlic powder with flour. In a separate bowl, beat eggs with coconut milk. Preheat grill to medium high heat. Dredge shrimp in flour mixture and shake off excess flour. Next, dip shrimp in egg mixture and then coconut and lay on a sheet pan. Grill shrimp until they are golden brown and serve immediately. Be careful not to burn the coconut. Serve with a hot and spicy dipping sauce, like sriracha.

 

Blue Hawaiian Cocktail

  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz.) light rum
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz.) Blue Curaçao
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz.) cream of coconut (not coconut milk)
  • 10 to 12 ice cubes
  • Fresh or maraschino cherries for garnish, if desired

Place all ingredients except cherries in blender. Cover and blend on high speed about 45 seconds or until smooth. Pour mixture into glasses. Garnish with cherry.