Want to throw a great luau birthday party? Tropical flowers, foods and décor can make this a great party theme for any age. Here are some creative Hawaiian theme party ideas that are sure to make your next luau a blast!
Luau Birthday Party Invitations
Sending great invitations can make your guests feel special before your celebration even starts. You can either make your own invitations, or purchase some pre-made invites. Here are some ideas for both options:
A Postcard Invitation — For this Hawaiian theme invitation, use your computer to find a picture of a tropical beach and size it to 4×6. Over the picture, write the words, “Escape to Paradise… Join us at _________’s Luau Party.” Glue your picture to a 4×6 index card. On the back, fill in all of your party information on one half of the card, and put your guest’s address on the other so that your invitation looks like a real postcard!
An Origami Hawaiian Shirt Invitation — Nothing says Hawaii like a tropical shirt. Click on this link for a video showing just how to make this fun Hawaiian luau party theme invitation. Write your party information on the inside of the shirt.
Coconut Invitation — Did you know that the post office will mail an actual coconut?! Why not use a permanent marker to write your luau information on a coconut. Then head over to your local post office and have them add some unique stamps and send these off to your guests!
**General Invitation Tips** — If you choose to make your own invitations, don’t forget to include the date, location, and time of your event. It is also helpful to put the host’s name, RSVP by date, and either your phone number or email.
You can always find lots of great online party invitations with a free RSVP manager at Evite
Here are a few inspirations for luau invitations that we really like, available from Tiny Prints:
Lively Luau Invitations
Tropical Delight Invitations
Happy Hibiscus Invitations
Hawaiian Luau Party Decoration Ideas
Decorating for a luau is all about using tropical colors and items reminiscent of the islands. Here are some ideas to help get you started:
Use sherbet colors — Mix orange, lime, raspberry, and yellow, for an instant tropical feel.
Add some tropical flowers — Decorate with tropical flowers such as orchids or anthurium for a splash of natural color. Another easy way to incorporate Hawaiian flowers in your décor is by using colorful silk leis. Hang these from the backs of chairs, scatter them on your tabletops, and pass them out to your guests as a Hawaiian greeting!
Use Raffia — A raffia table skirt is a great way to dress up your serving table.
Make tropical fruit centerpieces — Another thing Hawaii is famous for is their fruit. Create a fun luau centerpiece by combining fruits such as pineapple, coconut, kiwi, and star fruit. Add some flowers or a small tiki statue to finish the look. Another idea is to make centerpieces of mixed fruit on skewers stuck into a pineapple base. This can be a centerpiece and snack all in one!
Use great lighting — Lighting is really important at a party, especially an outdoor luau. Consider hanging colorful Hawaiian lanterns or using tiki torches to light your party. You might also add some citronella candles if mosquitoes are a problem.
Add some bigger props — If you want some great focal point ideas, consider adding a large inflatable palm tree, setting up some beach chairs under a raffia covered beach umbrella, or setting up a big tiki pole. These are all great props that will bring the island feel to your decoration in a big way.
Here are some Hawaiian party supply kits that would be perfect for a luau birthday party:
Bamboo Weave Party Supplies
Aloha Summer Party Supplies
Luau Party Games
Beach Theme Charades – Write up charade ideas and put them in a sack. Then have the children take turns coming up and acting out these beach related things. Some ideas you might use include: surfer, swimmer, crab, fish, dolphin, parrot, boater, boogie boarder, making a sandcastle, putting on suntan lotion, collecting shells, taking photos, sipping a cool drink, snorkeling, spreading out a towel and arranging your gear, performing a lifeguard rescue.
Limbo Contest – Use some fun music and a limbo stick or broom handle to have a limbo contest. Either adults or children can hold the stick and lower it after each round to see how low everybody can go!
Activity Hoop Relay – Split your guests into two teams and have them stand in a line, holding hands. Place a hoop in front of each line. When you say, “Go” the first child in line picks up the hoop without letting go of her teammate’s hand. Each child should then pass the hoop over her head and shoulders, step through, and pass it onto the arm of the next child in line without letting go of anyone’s hand. If at any time a team becomes disconnected, they must start over. The team that gets the hoop passed down the entire line and onto the ground behind the last teammate wins!
Dancing — Play some of your favorite Hawaiian or summertime music and clear a space for some dancing.
Hot Coconut — Using either a coconut cup or a ball, or a real coconut, play a traditional game of hot potato. Have either an adult or child play music while facing away from the group. When the music stops, whoever is holding the coconut is out. Continue until there is only one player left. Then that player can become the music controller for the next round.
Luau Birthday Party Menu Ideas
One of the best things about a luau birthday party is the great food. Here are a few menu ideas for some tasty tiki treats:
Fruit Kabobs – Make these by alternating your favorite colorful fruit on wooden skewers.
Tropical Trail Mix — Mix together things like macadamia nuts, cashews, dried pineapple, dried banana, and coconut for a tropical snack.
Tropical Punch — Mix pineapple or POG (pineapple, orange, guava) juice with 7-Up. You can also freeze pieces of fruit into ice cubes and use them as a colorful addition.
Fruit Smoothies — Blend 2 bananas, 2 cups of frozen berries (or strawberries if they are available), 1 cup of milk and 1 cup of frozen yogurt.
Luau Birthday Party Favors
Here are a few of our favorite ideas for some fun luau birthday party favors:
- Flower leis to greet your guests (a Hawaiian party must!)
- Flip Flops
- Bucket Hats or Visors
- Sand Pails and Shovels
(can also be used as a goody bag)
- Beach balls
- Small bottles of suntan lotion
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