Put a fun spin on your next summer celebration by throwing a summer luau. Create an easygoing island vibe and get everyone in the mood with these festive tips.
Greet your guests with leis
Here’s an inexpensive and fun way to set the stage. One dozen plastic leis can be found online for between $2 and $3, with nicer options available as well. Create your own handmade leis handmade leis
or set up a DIY stand for guests and kids.
Eat like an islander
Right@Home™ has just the menu for you. Check out our seven tasty tropical recipes
, including a Hawaiian tuna burger, Hawaiian baked beans and frozen piña colada pops. Yum! We’d also add our recipe for a grilled fruit pizza
to the list.
Show off your pineapple prowess
Pineapple, the juicy tropical fruit, is a common ingredient in many Hawaiian dishes. To cut and core one like a pro, watch this popular Right@Home™ video
Croon to some tunes
Set the mood with music. You can’t go wrong with vintage Elvis. Download the Blue Hawaii
soundtrack or check out this premade Hawaiian luau playlist Hawaiian luau playlist
Set the table
Expert party planner Debi Lilly, owner of A Perfect Event
, recommends dressing your table with a collection of bright jewel-tone, seasonal flowers arranged in colorful glass vases for a bright burst of color and style. For extra oomph, use bright wrapping paper for table runners. It’s easily cut and unrolled down the table, she noted.
Light up the night
A luau is all about lanterns, which you can hang from tree branches around the patio and yard, even out front to greet guests, Lilly said. “It’s one of my favorite tricks to add instant drama,” she said. For lanterns that do double duty, check out OFF!® PowerPad® Lamp
, to provide a nice glow and keep mosquitoes at bay.
Catch an island breeze
Give guests a taste of the tropics indoors by using Glade® PlugIns® Scented Oil fragrances in Hawaiian Breeze®
to in your entryway or bathroom.
Keep it cool (and easy)
Let your guests serve themselves at an interactive lemonade bar
, featuring traditional lemonade, strawberry frozen lemonade and sparkling lemonade mixed with berries and herbs if desired. To infuse a tropical touch, add pineapple
, mango or papaya to lemonade or sparkling water. It’s a great way to keep everyone refreshed and allows you to enjoy the party.
If you like piña coladas…
For more involved island-like drinks, use our Frozen Colada Pops recipe
to make tropical smoothies or cocktails by adding rum.
X marks the spot
Working off the island theme, send the kids on a treasure hunt in your own backyard! Bury a Ziploc® brand Container with the Smart Snap® Seal
filled with small toys, comic books, candy, gum or other treats. Give each child a map and set a timer, giving clues along the way. Clues can be challenging riddles or simple directions, depending on the age group. Where “X” marks the spot, hand the kids some plastic shovels to retrieve their booty.