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Luau Theme Party

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Luau Party Decorations
Luau Party Decorations
Is it possible to have too many decorations at a luau party? We don't think so either. Decorate the entry with a garland of flowers, and line your walk with pink flamingos and an "aloha" banner to let your guests know they've arrived in paradise. Streamers, balloons and tableware should be festive tropical colors such as turquoise, hot pink, lime green and orange. Decorate the walls with tiki masks island vacation posters and the table with a colorful Aloha print table cloth. Tropical fruit (coconuts and pineapple) make the perfect centerpiece, and of course, sea shells, flowers and more flowers.

Outdoors, think tiki statues, umbrellas, inflatable palm trees and paper lanterns. A backyard hammock strung between two trees is a wonderful island prop...But don't expect to have time to take a nap!

You'll want to have plenty of luau music on hand. Fortunately there are many fine compilations available; have some dreamy Hawaiian folk songs ready to set the mood as the guests enter and livelier numbers for the activities later. Why not mix in some classic surfing tunes as well?

If you're artistic, paint a beautiful beach scene as a backdrop. Use a surfboard as a prop (if you can't acquire one, an ironing board will do) and take photos of your guests as they hang ten!

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Luau Party Activities
Luau Party Activities
No luau is complete without a game of Limbo! Use a long bamboo stick, or a broomstick wrapped with streamers and flowers. Play some festive music and have two adults hold the pole. Lower it a few inches each time to see how low the children can go.

Pineapple bowling and hula-hoop contests are silly and fun ways to keep the kids laughing. Throw together old clothes and other items to see who can pack a suitcase the fastest...Or, if don't mind the wear and tear on the luggage, see who can stuff it the most!

Of course your guests will want to dance the hula. There are many instructional videos available, and you may even be able to find reasonably priced instructor in your area willing to give lessons at the party. If you have guests who don't like to dance, have island drums ready (upside-down plastic pails) so they can join in the rhythm.

If someone is musically inclined, why not have a sing-along? Print the lyrics to Hawaiian songs and play along on the guitar or even ukulele. If no one knows how to play, download instrumental versions of popular surfing songs and do it karaoke style!

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Luau Party Crafts
Luau Party Crafts
Children love to express their artistic sides, and there are many ways to bring out the creativity at your luau party. Decorate picture frames or with shells and glitter, or "paint" island scenes with multi-colored sand, construction paper and glue. Make your own leis by trimming colorful tissue paper or even cupcake liners into flower shapes. Or take apart store-bought silk flower leis and let the artists re-assemble them as they wish.

You can even make tiki masks from cardboard and construction paper! You may want to do your homework and have books of actual Polynesian masks on hand for inspiration.

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