Hawaiian Luau Party?

This is my 13th birthday and I want to have a luau, my budget is low, and I don't have many ideas. My party is next weekend. I would really appreciate it if ya'll could help me!


Nina from Georgia

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May 6, 20041 found this helpful

Some of these tips might be helpful...

Dollar Store

I would visit your local dollar store and look for cheap decorations and games. Sometimes you can find some funky stuff for cheaper than you can find it at a party supply store.

Fish Party


FISHING RACE - Using standard or construction paper, cut out and color fish shapes; then place a paper clip on the front as the mouth of the fish; take a twig (or small piece of doweling), tie a string and magnet to it (magnets can be bought at an art store for pennies), and you have your "fishing pole". Place them into a large cardboard box, or a box of your choice (for realism, you can decorate the box to look like the sea, with sea animals inside and out).


HOW TO PLAY "FISHING RACE" - There are three different variations to the game. 1) Align two or more players around the "sea". Using the magnet, the player must try to attach the magnet to the fishes mouth (paper clip). The player to "catch" the most "fish" wins. The winner then plays the next player, and so on.... 2) A variation on #1, add a blind fold for older kids for more challenge. 3) Relay version (for large parties and lots of kids) - Players must "catch" the fish and run to the bucket (any container will do - located 20 feet away, of course), then pass it to their teammate who does the same, and so on....

PRIZES - For peace, it is recommended that you use the same prize. 1) for each fish caught, the player wins a gummy fish - this way everyone gets something, but the winner still gets a "little extra" for winning. 2) Take a fish bowl, fill it with pennies, nickels and dimes and quarters (more pennies than nickels, more nickels than dimes, more dimes than quarters, etc.) AND most important - marbles.


The winner gets to dip into the money bowl for each fish they caught. There's one catch - with each handful, they must put the marbles back, and the bowl remixed BEFORE they reach in again. This will allow for more turns at the money bowl. 3) Instead of handing out party bags, they can exchange their "fish" for prizes (i.e. - fish-shaped stencils, erasers, candy, etc.).

PIN THE TAIL ON MOBY - This is a variation of the old-time favorite - pin the tail on the donkey. Use your computer to print out a picture of a large fish (use 8.5" x 14", the larger the better - you can even take an 8.5" x 11" printout to Mail Boxes Etc. and have them enlarge it to 11" x 17" or larger for only a couple of bucks). Then make copies of the tail (or trace them onto one sheet to get more out of it), cut them out, color them the same color as the real tail, and voila, you have Pin the tail on Moby..... This can be adapted for most parties and themes and only costs you the paper.


EAT LIKE A FISH RACE - You place 5-10 gummy worms (whatever number) on a plate in front of the kids. The idea of the game is to see how many worms you can Eat Like A Fish in thirty seconds. This means that there are NO HANDS used!

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Decorate your tables with some fun-loving beach-themed centerpieces. Each centerpiece is easy to put together, so anyone can do them.

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May 6, 20040 found this helpful

Also see:

Hawaiian Birthday Party

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May 10, 20040 found this helpful

Thanks to ALL of you who sent the GREAT ideas! I used lots of them and the party was a HUGE success. I hope that I can be of help to others on this list in the very near future.


I appreciate all of you!
My best!

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May 23, 20050 found this helpful

You all have such *fantastic ideas! I'm looking for some ideas for a teen outdoor party. I will need these quickly as the party is tomorrow afternoon.

The theme is tropical, (think Luau) and I can't think of any good, inexpensive games or activities etc for older kids. I would appreciate any/all ideas!

Please reply to: jimmyporter1 AT Thanks SO much in advance! - Donna

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By Debbie (Guest Post)
May 24, 20050 found this helpful

Figure out how to make tissue-paper flowers. (Check the web and the local library. Also, if you know any teachers or scout leaders or the like, ask if they know how.


Then buy lots of tissue paper (try dollar stores, then discount stores before going to craft stores, to save money). Have everyone make enough flowers to string together to make their own flower necklace.

I've noticed with store-bought ones that they string a flower, then a tube, then a flower, then a tube, etc., so that they don't need as many flowers, and it still looks good. For the tubes, buy a box of straws and cut them into 1" or 2" lengths.

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By Coreen (Guest Post)
May 24, 20050 found this helpful

Pineapple Princess punch: Mix equal amounts of lemon lime soda (store brand is fine), Hawaiian or red punch, and pineapple juice. Yum! Be sure to offer ice separately so it won't dilute the punch.
Buy almond cookies to serve with it. Or better yet, buy a fresh pineapple and cut it up into tidbits. Put the pieces on toothpicks, then do the same with strawberries. And start planning ahead for next year's party so you can shop all year long!

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By Nina From Georgia. (Guest Post)
May 24, 20050 found this helpful

Thank You All For Your Ideas!!!!!!!!!! I would Appreciate it if I could Recieve a lot more

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June 7, 20050 found this helpful

I am having my daughters 3rd birthday party at home this year and it is going to be done in the hawaiian theme. I am going to buy just a regular awning from a local store and make it into a hut. I will put the long dry grass on top and then decorate around it making it look just like the tiki huts in hawaii.

A cake for a luau party would be cute if it was a three tier cake round or square and a hula girl on top with the bottom layer to have palm trees all around it and the second layer to have like a grass skirt around it and the top layer to have like coconuts or just something like that around it. That way it is not all just one decoration on the cake.

By Jennifer Spoon

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By michelle (Guest Post)
July 8, 20050 found this helpful

Im looking to have my 9 year olds birthday party a hawaiian theme. I cant find any thing about how to make grass skirts? I want them to look good and be somewhat durable. Please help Thanks in advance

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July 8, 20050 found this helpful

does anybody have any ideas for games and movies ??????

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By Marissa (Guest Post)
July 30, 20050 found this helpful

I think all of this is a huge help, since we are having a luau party next week- and we're inviting all the famil, which will be huge. We're trying to keeep it up as a tradition. It will be so much fun. A cool game to play for adults and/or teens is get one of those huge, long licorice strings, and each pair with get one end. they eat and, and the first coule to barely touch lips or kiss, wins! This game is not meant for kids though.

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By kool ideas (Guest Post)
January 18, 20070 found this helpful

u should totally go all-out and buy inexpensive stuff like leis and grass skirts then 4 da summer get sum sand and beach chairs and just chill with yur grlfriends

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By phoebe (Guest Post)
May 7, 20070 found this helpful

last year i had a hawaiian luau party and it was a blast. i had my whole class which was 34 peeps plus a few neighbors which was like 5 peeps and also my best friend so i had like 40 peeps total. i went swimming in my pool and then we did the limbo and then we ate cake and the peeps went home. if u wanna have a good time and be the center of attention then have a hawaiian luau party.

c yall l8r

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By Treoiber (Guest Post)
August 8, 20070 found this helpful

I am having a hawaiian luau party in a while and i am having a huge pool party with tiki torches and these huge decorations.

TIP: Go very large and humongutory with decorations. People love em !

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By Natalie (Guest Post)
April 13, 20080 found this helpful

I went to my friends party that had the same theme and she got small glass bottels and pixi sticks and then everyone had their own ediable sand art. good luck

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By Lyla (Guest Post)
October 6, 20080 found this helpful

I think that you should get some grass skirts to go around the table, and you could make some kabobs that might have pineapple or some type of Hawaiian chicken on them. And you could play games like the limbo or you could do hulahoop contests and whoever wins gets an awesome prize!

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