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    Get in the Spirit of Summer with a Hawaiian Theme Party

    June 20, 2013

    Aloha! Looking for ideas for your next Hawaiian party? You’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re hosting a small shindig at your house or an extravagant birthday bash at a lively event venue, we have tons of ideas to make sure your Hawaiian party is a hit!

    Invitations

    Design your invitation with Hawaiian flowers, sunsets and seashells to get the theme going right off the bat. Make sure you specify to your guests on the invitation to dress up accordingly. Make your invitation bright and fun, but also ensure it is printed clearly with all the pertinent information your guests need. Be sure to include the address and directions to the event location as well as the start and end time of the party.

    Attire

    The obvious choice here would be the famous Hawaiian printed shirt which you can usually find at any gift shop by any beach or at Tommy Bahama. Other options include grass skirts and floral leis. Bathing suits and board shorts are always a popular option as well, weather permitting. There are also tons of Hawaiian print skirts and dresses for ladies looking for a classier choice of attire. If all else fails, anything beachy will suffice, or just go for the white cotton and linen look.

    Decorations for the venue

    Coconuts and palm trees bring home the essence of Hawaii. Many party stores will carry items such as grass skirts to line your picnic tables and colorful plastic leis to hang around the venue. Incorporating bright colors like green, blue, pink, and yellow will remind your guests of a Hawaiian sunset.

    Games

    Here are some popular games you could play at your Hawaiian theme party:


    • Limbo

    • Hula dance competition

    • Spear Throwing: See which person can toss their spear or darts and hit a water melon target. For a special touch decorate the watermelon with ears, snout, eyes, and a curly tail to look like a pig!

    • Foot Races: Ancient Hawaiians used to hold foot races to see which warrior was the fastest. You can hold single person races, three legged races, and backwards running races.

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    Beverages

    Your choice in beverages can literally make or break your party. Make sure to offer both alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails for your guests. Make them really special and quintessentially tropical by putting umbrellas in every drink. You could even use real (or fake) coconut shells as cups. Here are some popular drinks to serve at your next Hawaiian party:


    • Banana Mango Smoothie

    • Blue Hawaii

    • Ginger Margarita

    • Lava Flow

    • Mai Tai

    • Pina Colada

    • Pineapple Iced Tea


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    Snacks

    There are tons of Hawaiian dishes you can serve for appetizers, snacks, and side dishes. Some examples are fresh golden pineapple chunks, banana chips, plums, watermelons, peaches, mangos, macadamia nuts, and peanuts. Other snacks include barbeque onion rings, a plate of fancy cheeses, and Hawaiian seasoned chex mix.

    Main Meal

    The most famous Luau meal is the fire-roasted pig. Chicken katsu is another popular dish. Side dishes almost always include rice and macaroni salad. Spam is hugely popular in Hawaii. Get creative with it by creating fun items such as Spam sushi, which is composed of a block of rice with a slice of grilled Spam on top and nori wrapping to hold it together.

    Dessert

    If you want to serve a truly unique and delicious Hawaiian dessert, you must serve Haupia. Essentially, it's coconut and sugar cooked together to form delicious bite-sized treats. Haupia is often used in other desserts such as chocolate Haupia pie, Haupia pudding, Haupia and pineapple and even Haupia ice cream. Banana cream pie or coconut cream pie are other great options.

    Gift Bag / Goody Bag

    It is always a nice gesture to give your guests a parting gift to remember the party. Be creative when filling the goody bag. Maybe include a recipe for one of the dishes you served. Throw in some sunglasses, a custom-designed shot glass, or a real flower lei. Anything that will remind them of the good times they had at your Hawaiian theme party will work well in your gift bag.

    When was the last time you went to a Hawaiian theme party? Share with us by leaving a comment below, on Facebook or Twitter!