Aloha! Welcome your guests as they arrive with a lei...it's the signature way to say "hello" and "welcome to our home" in Hawaii plus it gets guests in the mood.
Decorations are easy!! Just add a grass skirt around your table and be sure to use colorful placemats and a rattan runner with island inspired tropical plates. For a little something extra serve drinks from coconut cups and light a few coconut candles to create the perfect tropical tablescape.
Serve up casual platters of food either buffet or family style. Start with some refreshing fruit salsa made with mango, pineapple and peaches and serve with some sweet potato chips. For your main entree, bbq is definitely the way to go! My husband loves grilled shrimp and I love pork and ham for this party. You can also do burgers and add terriyaki sauce to the mix to give it that Hawaiian flavor. If you want to make your own sauce, mix together soy sauce and pineapple juice for that perfect tropical blend. For your side dish, you definitely have to do a Grilled Pineapple Rice. Yum!
Mai Tais and Pina Coladas are always a Luau favorite but why not try something new to wow your guests like this delicious Lava Flow.
•1 oz. light rum
•1 oz. Malibu® coconut rum
•2 oz. fresh or frozen strawberries
•1 small banana
•2 oz. unsweetened pineapple juice
•2 oz. coconut cream
Blend the 2 rums and the strawberries in a blender to form a smooth paste. Pour this mixture into a tall (Collins or Hurricane) glass. Rinse the blender. Blend the banana, the coconut cream, and the pineapple juice in blender with crushed ice until smooth. Pour this mixture into the glass with the rums very slowly and watch as the strawberry mixture oozes its way to the top along the sides of the glass creating the flowing lava effect. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and paper umbrella.
One more thing...Don't forget the music!!! My Mother loves music by Elvis or Don Ho for a luau and I love the Beach Boys.
Oh and if you want to add a little extra fun for your guests, hire a Hula dancer and have her teach your guests a hula step or two. Maholo!