We’re Having A Luau!

As the weather warms, thoughts turn to outdoor entertainment.  Whether it be for a small gathering, a family reunion, or a corporate function, hosting an outdoor event can be spectacular, no matter what the age of the attendees.  Consider having a luau!

Food is a huge part of a luau.  Choose foods that are easily prepared and served, such as fresh fruit.  Tropical melons and fruits are best.  A raw vegetable tray with dip is also great to serve.  Hot wings, small egg rolls, Little Smokies sausages, and even kebabs are perfect and easy to manage for guests.  If the event is more formal, try sushi, rice dishes, seafood, and pasta.  For drinks, offer fruity, frozen treats or flavored teas.

Allow the theme to carry through the entire event, right down to the table decorations.  Consider using grass skirts to skirt the tables, or look for table covers that complement the other decorations being used.  Offer drinks in coconut cups, and top each drink off with an umbrella or other drink or food pick.  Sprinkle tropical confetti on the tables amongst the centerpieces.  Centerpieces can be pre-made, or consider creating candle holders.  To do this, simply fill bowls with small rocks and sink a votive or tea light into the middle.   Draw the guests’ eyes up by utilizing fun and theme-related garlands throughout the space.  Of course, find a way to greet guests as they arrive, letting them know they have come to the right place.  Banners and signs are great and inexpensive ways to direct guests to the correct location.  Light the path with tiki torches to complete the ambiance.

For entertainment, offer a hula dancing contest.  Or, for a more whimsical approach, try conducting a hula hoop contest.  Karaoke of some favorite pop-island tunes is always fun (think Beach Boys).  Or, how about a limbo contest?  Find fun ways to involve the guests in the evening.  Provide costuming accessories to really put everyone in the mood.  This can be as simple as a few cut flowers to pin on a lapel or tuck behind an ear.

Luau parties are so much fun.  They are always upbeat and entertaining, and the guests will certainly remember what a wonderful time they had!

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