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Luau Theme Party

Luau Theme Party
Aloha shirts, grass skirts, flowery leis and tiki torches... The luau is a colorful and casual party theme that children of all ages are sure to enjoy. Whether you’re celebrating around the backyard pool on a hot summer day or chasing away the winter doldrums by taking tropical vacation in your living room, we have some helpful suggestions to transform your home into a Polynesian paradise.

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Luau Party Invitations
Luau Party Invitations
We're sure you'll want to get your guests to "limbo on over" with the perfect invitation. Whether you prefer beach scenes, hula girls or tiki totems there are many delightful designs to choose from. Mermaid, under-the-sea and surfer themes fit the luau theme as well. "Retro" typestyles evoking the Polynesian craze of the 50s and 60s are an excellent choice.

In general, luau invitations should be whimsical and fun, so don't be afraid to be playful when writing them. You can even mix in a little of the Hawaiian language. Look up phrases such as "Ho'olu komo la kaua" for "please join us", or even Hawaiian names for the month and day (such as "Po 'aono" for Saturday and "Lulai" for July.) Be sure to include the English translation for the mainlanders!

Do you have a photograph of your child or family from a recent vacation to the beach? Send a personalized photo invitation telling your guests "Wish you were here!" (If you don’t have a photo, dress in beach wear and fake it!)

No matter what the time of year, ask your guests to dress for the occasion: Hawaiian shirts and shorts or surfer tees and jams. If it's a summer luau by the pool, don’t forget to ask them to bring swimsuits and a towel. If the parents are invited to stay at the party, you could even have a contest to award the "Big Kahuna" prize to the adult who wears the tackiest shirt!

Of course, when it comes to costumes you'll want to be the first to play the part. Wear a grass skirt, Hawaiian shirt or surfer clothes. You can even look like you're ready for the beach by painting your nose white with zinc.
  Luau Party Costumes
Luau Party Costumes

Luau Party Favors
Luau Party Favors
Whether your little luau guests arrive in costume or not, you'll want to have plenty of accessories on hand to set the scene. Of course, you or your child should greet the guests at the door to say "aloha" with a lei. Silk flower leis look the best, but plastic is more durable for the younger crowd.

The girls will love grass skirts; buy them pre-made or create your own cutting green streamers in long strips. They will also love to put real or silk flowers in their hair; have hairpins ready or glue them to barrettes ahead of time. Boys and girls alike will adore straw hats and plastic sunglasses, and why not let them be tourists by handing out disposable cameras?

Another fun idea is to have an assortment of flip-flops ready. Ask your guests to remove their shoes and wear them throughout the party. These make wonderful take-home gifts as well.

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