Hawaiian Party Ideas

Are you looking for more than just Hawaiian Shirts and hula skirts?  Our Parties In Packages party guide is provided to help you "create an atmosphere". As the party host, it will be your job to co-ordinate the events leading up to the big day and to also make sure things run smoothly on the day. Your objective or mission is to throw a fun and exciting party that holds special memories for all that attend. Are you ready to start preparing for your party? 

The Invites

There are a few important decisions to be made before you send out your invitations...

Invitation Theming - sprinkle some silk flower petails or hibiscus scatter into the envelope for a bit of fun. You could also add a lei and ask guests to ewear it along with their best Hawaiian outfit to start the party off with lots of colour and fun. You can even create a more personalised invitation by taking your photo in the Hula Girl or Surfer Dude Photo Op Prop and use that as one side of your invitation.

Date - It's a good idea to check the proposed date and time with 'key' friends before committin.

Time - It is important to stte a starting time on the invitations. You may also wish to state a finishing time, especially if the event is held at a hired venue. Also leave plenty of time to send out the invitations.

Location - You have a couple of basic choices with the most popular being 'home' where you'll have plenty of time to set up and have all your supplies close at hand. The obvious disadvantage is, cleaning the house before and after the party, possible damage and space limitations.

Remember to include on the invitation anything you may wish the guests to provide such as alcohol. I fyou plan on providing alcohol, make sure to add a footnote that guests should arrange alternative transport home, rather than drive.

You have to enjoy the party too!  The golden rule for the party host is, don't try and do everything on your own. Arrange for friends to help with the food and serving at the event. Alternatively you may choose to hire wait staff or have the whole event catered, allowing you to enjoy the celebration as much as everyone else. 

The Ambience

Choosing an outdoor location with a lot of greenery and sand is preferable for a Luau. If your outdoor area is lacking in these areas you could hire palm trees and have sand delivered to the location for a great effect. The cheapest and most effective way to decorate the party area is by using beach towels as table covers, umbrellas, old fishing nets, hammocks. You could use leaves from banana palms to decorate the food tables and place pineapples, coconuts, watermelons and other fruits around the table to create a tropical theme. Then hang hula skirts around the edges of the tables.

If your budget doesn't allow for hula skirts, silk flower leis and headdress for each guest, make sure it does cover the wait staff. Advise partygoers to attend in traditional attire such as Hawaiian shirts and shorts, sarongs & bikini tops and flip flops. As each guest arrives have the costumed staff at the front door with a lei and a welcome cocktail for each guest.

The Entertainment

What's a Luau without a Hawaiian band complete with hula dancers. By hiring a themed band, not only will you be supplied with great songs all night but you can also learn how to hula from the experts. To bring out the adventurous side in your guests you could hire a Mechanical Surf Rider, which is a fantastic simulation of real surfing.  Party games are a great way for guests to get to know each other better and get everyone into the party spirit. Everyone should remember the Limbo and this game will provide loads of laughs for all. Hula Hoops are also entertaining and you could have group competitions to see who can swivel their hoop for the longest.

Food & Drinks

What better way to celebrate a Luau than with a spit roast or Hungi. Look in your local Yellow Pages or Google for companies that provide spit roasts or you could make your own Hungi at home.Dessert can be made easy with platters of fruit. The most appropriate way to serve beverages is in cut-out pineapples, coconuts, watermelons and decorating with straws, drink umbrellas and cocktail animals plus lots of fruit.  Or you can substitute with plastic coconut cups.



The Check-list

*  Pick party date and time

*  Purchase your invitations and decorations

* Decide on the entertainment

*  Plan a menu and go shopping

*  Arrange for help on the party day

*  Write out final schedule

* Get an exact guest count

*  Purchase final party supplies if necessary, party food, ice and other incidentals

*  Charge the camera or phone

Lastly, remember that mishaps may occur so keep your sense of humour, even if not every aspect of the party goes off as planned. The most important part is to relax, take a breath and try to enjoy the party as much as your guests.