As the Women’s Pastor of our church, one of the fun things I get to plan is our Annual Ladies’ Luau. A Luau is a fun and festive theme for just about any type of summer celebration or social gathering. The bold colors and upbeat ambiance of a tropical oasis are vibrant and energetic, and for the person hosting the parties, there are plenty of ways to flawlessly execute this theme, even if you are on a budget. Since ours is a ministry related event, keeping cost at a minimum is imperative. I thought I’d share my tips with you on how to plan a luau, so you can save when you throw your own!
First, it’s easy to save on décor! Planning ahead will enable to save and wait for shipping!
- Use a fun banner to draw the party goers to your location.
- Consider getting a Luau Kit from a distributor like Celebrate Express. These prefabricated boxes contain a mix of various popular luau items and they really do take a lot of the guess work out of decorating.
- Want to pull it all together on your own? Make some oversized paper flowers and decorate the focal table with natural raffia table skirt with flowers and a cheap plastic table cloth.
- Set out small white buckets with luau party mints for guests.
- Flower leis and inflatable beach ball are great for decorating, too, plus you can use them as party favors.
- Use beach ball paper weights and blank index cards to make your own display signs to identify food or provide instructions for guests.
- Pick up brightly colored paper products and plastic table cloths at your local dollar store to finish off the tables.
The food can be as simple, or as elaborate, as you want.
- Don’t want to spend time prepping? Order pizza and have soda on hand.
- Fruit is a quintessential item at a luau – don’t forget the pineapple!
- Paper umbrellas can make drinks, or cupcakes, a lot of fun.
- Put snacks in beach pails with plastic shovels for serving
- Try to stick with finger foods or items that can facilitate socializing and movement. If food is portable, your guests are more likely to mingle.
Location, location, location…
- If you have a pool in your backyard, you’re set.
- If not, consider renting the local community pool for your party.
Last, but not least. Encourage your guests to dress up for the occasion. Hawaiian shirts and grass skirts are only appropriate for certain events, so take advantage of the opportunity to let your wardrobe fit in with the party theme. In order to drum up participation, offer a prize to the person who has the most spirited attire.