A luau creates a fun, low-key atmosphere to celebrate a couple before their big day. The setting for couples bridal shower is festive and laid back, which appeals to both men and women, ensuring everyone has a good time at the shower. A few key elements will help your luau come together quickly and easily without breaking the bank.
Feature a tiki bar
One of the highlights of any proper luau is tropical drinks served from a tiki bar. There are lots of tutorials online for building DIY tiki bars. Unless you’re feeling ambitious and plan to host many outdoor summer parties in the future, don’t let these tutorials overwhelm you. It’s simple, quick, and inexpensive to dress up any outdoor drink table with a couple of grass skirts and a floral tablecloth.
Once you’ve assembled your bar, it’s time to decide which drinks to serve. Popular alcoholic beverages include painkillers, pina coladas, Mai Tais, daiquiris, Don Julio coladas, Bermuda rum swizzles, rum rangoons, batida rosas, quetzals, Singapore slings, banana nut bays, and Wilson smashes. Make sure to choose at least a few drinks, such as pina coladas, that are easy to make non-alcoholic for guests who choose not to drink.
Prepare a tropical food spread
A tropical food theme is a natural choice for a luau. Many people opt to feature pineapple prominently. A few popular pineapple menu items for luaus include bacon wrapped pineapple, pineapple cream cheese spread, and the epic hollowed-out pineapple stuffed with bacon or “swineapple.” Consider making Hawaiian macaroni salad, pulled pork sandwiches, and coconut cupcakes as well. A generous seasonal fruit display finishes out the food spread perfectly.
Add some party lighting
If you’re holding a luau during the day on a sunny patio or porch, you might not need any lighting. But a little lighting will completely transform your party space for a late afternoon or early evening event. Tiki torches are a classic. You can purchase torches online or at many big box stores and party stores during the summer. Faux candles on the tables and string lights strung up around the party space are also great options. If you want to take the table lighting up a notch, consider under-lighting, which comes together easily with thin party tablecloths.
Provide leis and grass skirts
Of course, no luau is complete without the appropriate attire. Encourage couples to wear their finest luau attire, such as floral skirts, Hawaiian dresses, and flowing tank tops. Help the guests to complete their ensembles at the party with leis and grass skirts. Depending on the crowd, couples may be on board with wearing coconut bras as well.
Create a luau-themed photo backdrop
Instead of making guests play cheesy bridal shower games no one really enjoys, give everyone ample time to relax and take lots of photos. Pick up an inexpensive party tablecloth in a bright, tropical shade, such as turquoise blue or sunshine yellow. Mount the tablecloth backdrop against the fence or another flat surface slightly out of the way of the main party activities. Then embellish it with vivid flowers, colorful balloons, and a few fake pineapples. Keep a handful of extra grass skirts and leis on hand as well as sunglasses and other simple props to complete the photos.
You never know where you’ll find fantastic luau party supplies. After you’ve settled on the theme to celebrate your loved ones’ upcoming wedding, keep your eyes open at the big box store, dollar store, and even grocery store for decorations and other party essentials.
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