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Turn up the Heat this Winter with a Winter Luau Party!

Add a tropical touch to your next winter get together by turning it into a winter luau!  Everyone needs a respite from the winter blahs once the holidays have passed, so why not turn an ordinary party, whether it's a birthday party, charity event, or just an excuse to hang out with the neighbors, into a tropical escape that will take everyone's mind off the cold weather outside? 

Let your guests know this isn't going to be a typical winter party be sending out festive personalized luau invitations.   Opening up a little ray of sunshine on a cold winter day will be a welcome surprise for all your friends!  If you want them to wear their best luau attire, be sure to include that information on the invite so no one is caught without their best coconut bra or grass hula skirt

The atmosphere will be key for your Winter Luau if you want to convince your guests they've escaped the frigid winter climate, so you'll need to set the stage for the big day.  Transform your party space into a tropical beach with beach sunset scene setters that will help block out the snow and ice covering your lawn!  Or, for something a little more low-key, hang pretty flower garland with lanterns and accent them with twinkle lights strung among any of your plants, along the stair banister, and around the ceiling.  Dress up your tables with grass table skirts and plenty of fresh flowers that will not only bring in a pop of color and the scents of the tropics, but will also make for easy and inexpensive centerpieces.  Head to the grocery store for bunches of colorful blooms and mix and match various flowers in simple vases to create beautiful bouquets that will make a statement without blowing the budget.  Add some simple votive candles around the base and your tables will be ready!  Brave the cold and ice outdoors for one last finishing touch and line your driveway and walkway with palm tree luminaries to light the way as your guests arrive.  Instead of regular candles, use flameless candles, which will reduce the risk of fire and won't be affected by the cold, snow, or wind.   The last thing you'll need to do before the guests arrive is turn up the thermostat so the heat is blazing and the cold is kept at bay for the night! 

Planning the menu for your winter luau won't require you to dig a hole in the backyard to roast a pig, but should have you planning to bring a taste of the tropics to your table!  While a pig roast might not be feasible thanks to the frigid weather, traditional luau foods are the perfect choice!  Fill your platters and bowls with tempting treats like skewers of grilled chicken, beef, and shrimp, fish tacos, grilled salmon, poi, corn chowder, fresh fruits, and tossed salads.  And of course, you'll need to have plenty of tropical cocktails ready!

Have a few activities planned to keep your guests busy in between the mixing and mingling at your winter luau.  If you've encouraged them to dress in luau costumes for your event, see who can blend the themes of "winter" and "luau" in the most creative way!  Whether your best friend turned her favorite winter scarf into a flowery lei or your neighbor is wearing long johns under a hula skirt, have your friends vote on the most creative costume and award a coconut figurine to the winner!   You can also crank up the Jimmy Buffet or Bob Marley for a light up limbo game competition or see which of your friends can do the best hula! 

When you're ready to shake off the winter blahs or need a little pick-me-up after the holidays are over, hosting a Winter Luau is a surefire way to spice up a weekend and get your friends in the mood for a party!  So turn up the heat, strap on your coconut bra, and get ready to hula the night away at your winter luau! 

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