Thanks for the ideas. I will be hosting a Hawaiian themed bridal shower and some of these ideas I will use.
I need ideas for a menu for my wedding reception. It is in August 2009
Wow I looked through all of this and I'm having my 13th birthday party soon. I just got some really good ideas for this party!
You could do some Hawaiian smoothies and buy a sand castle bucket and put goldfish in it. You could also buy some window stickers of hula girls and other Hawaiian things and you could buy these at the $ store. Hoped that helped.
There is a website that has very inexpensive luau items; go to www.orientaltrading.com. Congratulations on your college graduation!
I will be graduating from high school in June and I am throwing a luau graduation party. I am wondering if anyone has any good ideas for cheap decorating and any recipes that include the hawaiian theme, but aren't too hard to make in large quantities. Or if there are any ideas for entertainment and games that would be fun.
AC from MN
For each table I made an arrangement of various sizes of bamboo cut into different heights and tied with raffia. In just one of the pieces of bamboo I put a single branch of orchid bought in bunches at Costco. This was bamboo with a diameter of from 2 inches to 5 inches. (01/16/2006)
By D Pinyan
As for menu, we made "kabobs" out of big chunks of vegetables, pineapple chunks, and shrimp and even polish kielbasa sausage and brushed with a sweet/sour sauce (bottled) after grilling; a watermelon salad (where you use the watermelon as a bowl is very tropical; sweet/sour meatballs in a crockpot are simple; and we spruced up the table w/a box of those little "drink umbrellas" for the meatball toothpicks, etc.
Have FUN with it, and congratulations! (01/17/2006)
By Connie in Colorado
Put the chicken in a crock pot/slow cooker. Mix the 3 other ingredients together-- don't drain the juice off of the pineapple -- and dump it over the chicken. Cook on medium 4 hours or more. You can also do this in the oven at 350 for one hour.
Go to the Kraft Foods website -- I think it's just www.kraft.com -- and do a search for a recipe called "Angel Lush Cake". It's a very simple, very elegant looking recipe using a store-bought angel food (round) cake, that has pineapple in it. The recipe says to top with fresh strawberries, but I used pineapple rings instead, which makes it look Hawaiian.
Ask everybody attending the party to wear hawaiian shirts if they have them -- pick up some "extras" at Goodwill/yard sales to have on hand.
Have fun -- and ALOHA!!! (01/20/2006)
By Becki in Indiana
I am planning on having an Hawaiian themed party in a few weeks - any suggestions and ideas on how I can do this 'thriftily' will be greatly appreciated.
Kate from Melbourne, Australia
If there's one thing I'd stress more than anything, it's the Hawaiian Music. It played constantly there for 24/7, no one seemed to ever sleep. You could invite guests to wear anything floral and their flip-flop sandals and shell jewelry.
Greet them at the door with a few plastic or silk flowered leis for each guest, just as they do for everyone arriving in Hawaii. You can find some sweet floral candles (Pikaki, Plumeria, Gardenia and Orchid fragrances were grown everywhere like wildflowers in the hillsides back then.)
If anyone has a ukulele/deep bongo drums, or can rent them, it would be fun to let several guys practice on them. Candles add to the mood, then you'll be in great shape. Paper umbrellas in all the drinks, stuck in the fruit or meat kebobs. Playbox sand sprinkled around on the patio finishes it off (it can easily be swept up and used in the flower beds or a child's sand box next day after party). Those fish nets with large cork floats, and large colored glass or plastic balls were common.
Enjoy and God bless you. (10/18/2006)
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