Hula your way to a successful luau
July 13, 2010
Many people dream of an extravagant Hawaiian vacation, and disappearing to Honolulu for a week is something nearly everybody could appreciate. However, due to time, money and work constraints actually cashing in on the dream is sometimes too unrealistic. Of course, that does not mean you cannot still experience the allure of a trip to Hawaii in the comfort of your own backyard. Consider hosting your very own luau to bring everything except the beaches to you.
The first obstacle for any shindig is sending out invitations that will appropriately convey the incredible potential your party can have. Luckily, doing so when hosting a luau is not too difficult. One surefire way to secure effective invitations is to create them with a tropical beach theme. For example, send ones out that include a palm tree, coconuts or a beach ball. Another option is adorning them with Hawaiian flowers to provide a classy feel.
Once you say "aloha" to your guests, your job is far from over. Decorations are an integral part of any get-together, but are especially important with a luau because it is what distinguishes it from any ordinary soirée. A good idea would be to hang palm leaf door curtains to erase any doubt as to the theme. In an effort to match your decorations to your invitations, consider placing some fake palm trees around the house, or backyard if the luau makes it outside.
Tables are where you really need to be sure to have appropriate decor. A grass skirt is not only fashionable on a person, but also looks great to mask the legs of a table and provide a festive feel. Although pigs roasting on a spigot are typical luau cuisine, think about hanging a pig pinata to simulate the traditional fare. An imitation flaming tiki head, which replaces an actual flame with an artificial one, can be a creative and effective way to provide lighting.
The walls, doors and tables are not the only places that can be embellished, either. Dressing yourself and your guests can be just as fun. Hula skirts are a must for attendees to put on. Providing leis can be a big hit as well, as they come in a wide variety of colors.
While enhancements are certainly an important aspect of a luau, supplies will make or break the celebration. When it comes time to eat, providing island palm plates, as well as matching napkins and silverware, would be the perfect thing for your guests to use. If you feel so inclined, you can even serve drinks in coconut-shaped cups.
Few things can compare to an authentic Hawaiian luau, but you can come close if you throw your own the right way. A fantastic affair is just around the corner if you go all out and have a luau that will have your friends thinking they are standing on the edge of Mauna Loa.