The Mood: Mele kalakimaka...it's the right time for a bright and wonderful soiree! (I know it's a Christmas song and those are not the right words but I can't help singing it everytime I think of Hawaii). So, break out the tiki torches and crank up the theme from Hawaii Five-O. This tropical party is infused with all of the elements that will keep the native islanders talking. Welcome your guests with a lei and a Stirrings tropical island breeze in a coconut cup…this is a great way to set the mood.
What's for dinner: Serve traditional Hawaiian fare; grilled pineapple, ahi tuna and potstickers. One of my favorite starters is Roy's Maui Wowie Shrimp Salad served in take-out boxes: Very simple and very yummy!
The Decor: Light the way with tiki torches (hurricanes or votives are also a great option) to create a glowing path for guests. Use grass skirting to decorate the table. You can also use grass skirting to decorate an oversized ice bucket; this is the perfect way to serve drinks at your luau. Colorful cushions set around a low table make for comfortable, simple seating. Start with a rattan runner down the length of a table (a pareo also makes a great tablecloth) and fill bamboo vases with colorful, tropical flowers for your centerpieces flank them with coconut candles. If you are looking for more natural options, pineapples make for a great centerpiece (they can also be served as dessert later in the evening turning the centerpieces into a final and fun interactive event… just grab and slice! )Large tropical leaves make for great placemats. Use paper lanterns with LED light inserts to illuminate the party after the sun goes down.