Aloha Hawaiian Luau Birthday Party!

Lynlee-BeckettWhen it came to decid­ing upon this year’s theme for my daughter’s birthday, we were inspired by the amaz­ing and unfor­get­table fam­ily trip we took to Hawaii last month that was gifted to us by my incred­i­bly gen­er­ous in-laws! My lit­tle hula girl had so much fun and fell in love with the islands and has already decided to move there after she grad­u­ates from col­lege! For the luau, I focused on a vin­tage Hawaii feel rem­i­nis­cent of the clas­sic post­cards, which inspired my design for the invi­ta­tions, with dig­i­tal images from Clip Art Cor­ner, as well as the paper prod­ucts through­out the luau.

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Guests were wel­comed to the luau with a bam­boo sign and a cart sim­i­lar to the ones found at the Inter­na­tional Mar­ket Place in Waikiki! We dressed up a lemon­ade stand I had pur­chased from Joann Fab­ric and Crafts a cou­ple years back with some hula skirts, offer­ing some lei neck­laces I made, as well as shell neck­laces and beaded bracelets for all the “Junior Boys” and “Honey Girls”.

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We re-purposed some wooden signs from The Dol­lar Tree by spray-painting them and dec­o­rat­ing them with some of the luau activ­i­ties and trop­i­cal flower stickers.

Because we antic­i­pated a bit of a heat wave here in Vegas over the week­end, we set up a “Sun­screen Sta­tion” and made fans to keep guests cool and protected!

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When search­ing for party inspi­ra­tion on-line, I came upon these adorable grass hut umbrel­las on that we just had to repli­cate and pair with some buck­ets of sand and straw mats for guests of all ages to relax and enjoy!

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The decor on the tables included nat­ural table­cloths and run­ners, trop­i­cal fruits and framed vin­tage Hawai­ian post­cards. The plates and nap­kins included rich, vibrant col­ors and were topped with wooden forks with “ALOHA” stamped on the han­dles. Guests drank Hawai­ian fruit punch, trop­i­cal juice and cold water out of both coconut and palm tree cups. The tables sat under­neath a big gazebo, embell­ished with col­or­ful tis­sue poms and brown paper lanterns, resem­bling coconuts.

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The luau feast was pre­sented on a table lined with a burlap table­cloth and a grass skirt and adorned with trop­i­cal and beach-inspired decor. Vin­tage lug­gage trunks pre­sented a vari­ety of Hawai­ian chips, while red pig-shaped plates car­ried ham sand­wiches to sym­bol­ize the tra­di­tional luau roasted pigs! The menu wouldn’t be com­plete with­out some teriyaki chicken, trop­i­cal fruit salad and ham and pineap­ple kebabs on palm tree picks. The food labels were made to look like lit­tle bam­boo signs, dis­played inside tiny metal buck­ets filled with crushed gra­ham crack­ers and dec­o­rated with wooden surf­boards {bookmarks!}.

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When plan­ning this party, the one thing Anabelle specif­i­cally requested was a vol­cano cake with sparkler can­dles! When I saw a vol­cano cake on Disney’s Spoon­ful, along with a recipe to make can­died lava, I thought it would be per­fect! I uti­lized the Wilton Clas­sic Won­der Mold to bake a red vel­vet cake and added choco­late frost­ing and the erupt­ing lava. But I just couldn’t have a party with­out cup­cakes, which I orga­nized on three lev­els: vol­cano, sand and sea. Just below the vol­cano sat the choco­late cup­cakes with fon­dant plume­ria flow­ers, torches, palm leaves and coconuts. The next layer included vanilla cup­cakes topped with crushed gra­ham cracker sand and embell­ish­ments, such as vin­tage surf­boards, pineap­ples, wood “SURF” signs, ukule­les and flip flops {slip­pers} with drink umbrel­las. The final level rep­re­sented the ocean with light blue water frost­ing, sea tur­tles, trop­i­cal fish and coral, shells and sea life.

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Also on the dessert table were gummy candy fruit kebabs dis­played inside coconuts, Hawai­ian pineap­ple can­dies and caramel pop­corn in the most adorable tiki pop­corn boxes designed by the amaz­ing Piggy Bank Par­ties! The cute boxes brought added dimen­sion to the table and were easy for small guests to carry! If you are not famil­iar with them, you have to check out all the amaz­ing work they do, espe­cially the cre­ative and orig­i­nal favor boxes! The sides of the table were anchored by some tiki torches hold­ing a ban­ner with Anabelle’s name and embell­ished with a grass skirt.

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If you are famil­iar with the par­ties I throw for my daugh­ter, you know how much I love to have added enter­tain­ment for the chil­dren. This year, we were for­tu­nate to have Mayra from Las Vegas Hula come and teach the kids about hula danc­ing and tra­di­tional instru­ments! Because a lot of the chil­dren hap­pen to be boys, we included a Maori War­rior les­son, which also included tribal chin tat­toos and head­bands and was the per­fect addi­tion to keep their interest!

Other beach activ­i­ties to keep the kids busy and hav­ing fun included bub­ble guns {you can never go wrong with bub­bles!}, hula hoops, pad­dle balls and blow-up dol­phins. And no luau is com­plete with­out a limbo contest!

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It was so, so nice to see guests, young and old, relax­ing, eat­ing and play­ing under the umbrel­las and the gazebo and enjoy­ing a day at the “beach”! And since I come from a fash­ion back­ground, it was espe­cially fun that every­one came dressed up in their luau garb!

We just had to have some Hawai­ian Host choco­lates with macadamia nuts! And to com­bat the high tem­per­a­tures, freezer pops were essen­tial ~ our ver­sion of Hawai­ian ice!

Anabelle’s vol­cano erupted with her requested sparklers as we sang “Happy Birthday”!

My sweet and incred­i­bly tal­ented friend, Jenny of Craft That Party makes the most adorable peg dolls and she sur­prised us with this pre­cious lit­tle hula girl that just made Anabelle’s day! It was truly such a gen­er­ous and thought­ful gift and an on-going memento of this cel­e­bra­tion that will be added to her cur­rent col­lec­tion of peg dolls from Jenny! Be sure to visit her Etsy store to see the cute­ness she cre­ates with this lit­tle wooden dolls!

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To say “Mahalo” to her friends for com­ing and com­mem­o­rat­ing her birth­day, Anabelle’s favors included trop­i­cal fish loofahs, after sun gel, hand san­i­tizer, stick­ers and air fresh­en­ers as a reminder of their time on the island! And a spe­cial “Mahalo” to our OHANA {fam­ily and dear friends} for all their incred­i­ble sup­port and help in plan­ning, exe­cut­ing and clean­ing up after such a won­der­ful cel­e­bra­tion! ALOHA!!! ♥


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