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Transform Your Backyard into an Island Oasis

Tips, ideas and tricks on how to decorate your backyard entertainment area for a colorful and stylish luau party

Party IdeasLuau Party Ideas

Transform Your Backyard into an Island Oasis

By Windy City Novelties |May 21, 2014

Planning a party this spring or summer? Make it an extra special evening that no one will forget by adding a theme to it. A luau themed party is a fun party idea for warmer weather, so add one to an upcoming birthday party, family reunion, holiday barbecue, or throw a luau party just because! Transform your deck, patio or pool area into an island oasis that will allow your guests to sit back, relax and enjoy each other’s company. Whip up some fruity cocktails and serve a few tropical dishes to really take the edge off. You can even go one step further and tell your guests to arrive in luau attire, such as grass skirts, leis and coconut bras. Here are some luau decorating tips and ideas for your outdoor entertainment area:

When you think “luau” you think of grass skirts, hibiscus flowers and tiki torches, so incorporate some of these items into your party décor. If you have patio or deck furniture, placing a raffia umbrella cover over your umbrella will make it feel as if you and your guests are dining underneath a tiki hut. String some lights at the end or underneath your umbrella for an elegant glow to take the party into the night. 

If possible, set up a small tiki bar somewhere on your patio or deck where guests can help themselves to any beverages you plan to serve. Add a few decorations to your tiki bar, such as a tiki bar sign or a grass table skirt and several hibiscus flowers. Serve your drinks in fun glasses, such as coconut cups or bright, colorful plastic cups. 

If you have additional space—or would like to add more decorations to your party area—place a few luau-shaped cutouts on the sides of your home, door or along your deck. Also, if you have a stairway or deck, you can string flower garland or paper lanterns along the edge. The lanterns can double as a decoration as well as a source of light for when the sun goes down, and will add an elegant touch to the party décor. If you have a pool with a fence around it, the lights would look great draped along the fence, as well. If you feel comfortable using tiki torches, place them around your yard or alongside your pool area.

If your party will occur or extend into the evening, add a few extra sources of light around the party space. Hang glow sticks from a nearby tree—or trees—for a cool and unique look. Choose from an assortment of colors to fit with the theme of the party. Your guests will be impressed with your creativity! 

If you have a pool or a pond in your backyard, place floating candles or floating light-up flowers on the surface of the water for another elegant embellishment. LED floating lotus flowers are specifically designed to float in water and will glow throughout your entire event, and then some. The flowers will mesh with your tropical luau theme and will extend your party space. 

Light up a walkway with LED candles or luminary bags to direct your guests to the party area. You could also use these light-up items anywhere else in your entertainment area, such as on the table, along the stairs, lining the edges of your pool, or on your deck railing. 

All of these decorating ideas are simple to create or put together. Use your imagination and try to form different uses out of ordinary items that will surely impress your guests. Enjoy a great night with friends and family while providing them with a beautiful party scene. 

For tips, questions, help planning an event or for recipe and craft ideas, email our party experts at askanexpert@windycitynovelties.com for your personal party planner!

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