Luau Party Ideas
Choose Festive Invitations
Proper attire might not be mandatory but it's very much encouraged. Ask guests to come wearing tropical prints and have a pile of leis ($34 for 12, sears.com) at the front door for each person to take as they arrive.
Set the Mood
For a warm and inviting glow, position glass tiki torches (potterybarn.com for similar products) around the yard.
And don’t forget the music. Play the soft tropical tunes of a Hawaiian artist like Israel Kamakawiwo'ole. His hit song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” is a crowd favorite and will mentally transport party-goers straight to paradise.
Dress the Table
Create a lively, tropical atmosphere with bright and festive colors. Instead of a formal table setting, mirror the relaxed Hawaiian attitude and serve dinner buffet-style. Dress the table with a grass skirt, colored lights, and then scatter shells on the surface. Place white burger baskets ($2, surlatable.com) and colorful napkins (crateandbarrel.com for similar napkins) on the buffet table for guests to serve themselves. And sitting on the grass is totally acceptable.
Plan the Menu
Serve Fruity Cocktails
Games aren’t just for the kids. Buy a limbo stick ($20, partycity.com)—or simply pull out an old broom—and see how low you can still go.