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Luau parties are perfect for spring

Spring has arrived. The sun is shining and the scent of flowers in bloom has begun to waft through the warm vernal breeze. For many people, this is their favorite time of year. Spring offers a fresh start and a welcome change of pace after the cold and dark winter months.

Those who love the verdant foliage and beautiful floral offerings of the season could herald in the arrival of the warmer months by throwing a luau party.

Luau parties are the perfect way to relax and savor the weather with friends and family. The shindigs are inspired by the laid-back vibe and natural beauty of Hawaii. Provide your guests with luau party supplies like floral leis and allow them to sample some traditional Hawaiian fare, and enjoy the moment.

Plan a lovely luau for friends and family

The first step in planning luau parties is sending out luau invitations. Because this is such a festive theme, guests are sure to appreciate the advanced warning, so that they can begin to plan out a costume.

For women, grass skirts are the perfect accessory – they could even be tucked into a purse and tied on at the door. Men, obviously, can don the requisite Hawaiian shirt.

For party favors, hand out warm weather accessories such as sunglasses, sunscreen, straw hats, flip-flops and visors at the door. Guests can throw on or carry the accoutrements at the party to enhance the luau vibe, and then actually use the practical products during the summer.

Luau decorations are imperative in creating a Hawaiian beach party feel. Tiki torches, bamboo accents, hula skirt drink decorations and twinkling party lights are all essential to the luau atmosphere.

In addition, fun novelty touches like palm-tree shaped coolers, which can be inflated and filled with ice, or light-up balloons with assorted beach scenes printed on them, will enhance the vibe.

Serve your guests traditional Hawaiian fare

Truly authentic luau parties will have pork as the main item on the menu. Hawaii is famous for its pig roasts. The pork is placed in an underground oven known as an imu, and slowly cooked over a long period of time.

Before the meal, put out platters of cut-up fresh fruit, and arrange the slices with berries and cheese.

However, if you - like most Americans - lack an imu, offering guests a glazed ham will get the job done! Set it out buffet style, and serve side-dishes of fresh, seasonal produce in honor of the coming season.

Set-up a lei-making station

Before the party, head to your local florists shop and ask for flowers that can be easily made into leis. Using a large-guage needle and thread, guests can create their own leis.

Just make sure to hand out artificial leis as well. The fake flowers won't go bad, so guests will be able to wear the floral necklaces all night and then save them for posterity after the party.

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