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Luau Theme Party

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Luau Party Refreshments
Luau Party Refreshments
No luau is complete without tasty food and exotic drinks. There are plenty of easy to prepare recipes that will keep the "keiki" (children) well-fed.

Serve banana chips, "limbo sticks" (pretzels!) and goldfish crackers in beach buckets. Hawaiian pizza (pineapple and ham) is sure to please, though you may want to order pepperoni as well for fussy eaters. Or how about a mock pig roast of pineapple bites wrapped in ham and a pupu platter of cheese and exotic fruits like mango, guava and papaya?

Do you want to bake a Hawaiian themed cake that's sure to be remembered? Ice half with blue and white frosting to resemble the ocean, half yellow and brown for the beach. Add graham cracker crumbs for the illusion of sand, and adorn with toy hula girls, surfboards and palm trees. Another popular option is the pineapple upside-down cake served with coconut ice cream. If cupcakes are more your style, try garnishing with candy flowers, or iced with several colors of frosting to resemble beach balls.

Your partygoers are sure to get thirsty and tropical drinks are the order of the day. Blend fruit juices with ice, with or without milk to make a smoothie. Garnish with orange slices and cherries and serve in colorful Hawaiian-themed cups, or even tiki glasses. Don't forget novelty straws and bamboo umbrellas!

A cool and exciting treat that is guaranteed to amaze the children is the "Hawaiian Volcano." Start with a tropical punch and slowly add sherbet. When you're ready to serve, pour ginger ale, lemon lime or even club soda over the sherbet... It will foam over like an erupting volcano!

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After the Luau Party
After the Luau Party
Say "mahalo" to your guests with goody bags. Sand pails and straw hats make excellent containers; fill them with fruit candies such as Tropical Skittles and Fruit Stripe gum, gummy sea creatures, Hawaiian-themed stickers, plastic flowers and hula dancers. Other popular gifts include toy ukuleles, water guns and inflatable beach balls. These, along with the flip flops, sunglasses, leis and other favors you've provided will make wonderful souvenirs.

Be sure to take lots of pictures of your tropical vacation to send with notes to tell your guests "ahalo nui loa na ho'olaule'a me la kaua" ("Thank you for celebrating with us!")

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