by Heike Boehnke-Sharp
This is the party that your friends will be talking about for months
to come. Use some of our fabulous recipes to set a tropical mood.
Don't forget classic fun like volleyball, and water games in the
pool. A limbo contest is a natural at any luau. Use a pole, broomstick,
or if everyone is already in their bathing suit, a stream of water
from your hose is a great way to cool off and limbo at the same
time. Hold treasure hunts in the sand or in the pool, build sand
castles or hold a hula contest. There is no limit to the fun and
excitement having this party by the pool can generate. Don't have
a pool? Try renting the community center, take the party to the
lake or ocean, or just set up some crazy flower sprinklers and kiddie
Now read on for quick, but striking invitation ideas, games, recipes,
and fun for you and your kids!
To invite your friends, make an invitation on colored paper, or
buy one with a tropical theme.
Tie the invitation to a flower lei, or grass skirt, and ask your
guests to dress for the occasion! If you want to go all out, go
to http://www.hisurf.com/hawaiian/names.html and find your guests
Hawaiian name, and write it on the invitation!
The beauty of this outdoor party is: EASY DECORATING! Bamboo torches
everywhere set the mood in the evening, as well as floating candles
in the pool. If you dont have a pool, set up large bowls around
the property on tables, just make sure they are sturdy and secure.
Chinese lanterns, tissue flowers and pineapples, Hawaiian themes
cutouts will make your guests think they just set foot off the plane.
And dont forget the Hawaiian music! TIP: if you do not want
to listen to the Ukulele for the next year, dont BUY music,
but borrow from friends or borrow from your library!
TIP : Traditional Luau food should be served from one long buffet
GAMES : Pass the Coconut
The players sit in a circle with one player holding a coconut. The
music (a Hawaiian tune) begins and the coconut is passed around
the circle until the music stops. The player holding the coconut
when the music stops is out. The music begins again and the play
continues until there is only one player left.
Build a Sandcastle
Unless you live on a beach, you will need to bring in some sand.
Borrow a few kiddie pools and fill them with beach sand. Wet the
sand well the night before. Divide your guests into teams and see
which group can build the best castle. Use the left over sand to
build your children a sand box! They will love you for it! After
the contest, destroy the castles and go on the Treasure hunt!
Now that you have the sand, why not bury small party favors and
send the children looking for "buried treasure. Without sandboxes,
make a map with clues that will lead the children to the hidden
goodies around the party area.
Family Hula Contest
Give each child a rope, some crepe paper, safety scissors, and let
them design a Hula Skirt for themselves and their parents. Show
them how to cut the paper, wrap around the rope, and tie a knot.
When finished, just tie the ropes around the dancers waist. Then
provide some Hula Hoops, turn up the music, and swing those hips!
The family with the most Hulas swinging in the end wins!
Two Flamingo Air Walkers
Two pieces of light weight cardboard,
both the same size.
Two pieces of rope or string about
2 feet long.
Inflate the Flamingos with Helium. Be sure to weight the feet with
the large paperclips enclosed. Choose two guests to participate
in te race. On even ground, place the two pieces of rope about 15
to 20 yards apart. Have both contestants line up behind one of the
rops. At the signal, each contestant uses the cardboard to fan the
Flamingo to the finish line. Contestants may not tough the flamingo
with anything, only fan with the cardboard. The first flamingo across
the finish line wins.
RECIPES : Easy Punch
Let the kids help with this colorful and fruity beverage.
1 can Hawaiian Punch
1/2 gallon pineapple sherbert
2 - 2 liter bottle of ginger ale
Freeze a can of Hawaiian Punch fruit juice until slushy. Pour into
punch bowl. Add 1/2 gallon pineapple sherbet and two bottles of
You'll look forward to the oriental flavor in this easy tropical
Prep./Cook 20 minutes
1/3 cup of olive oil
2 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon sesame seed oil
1 package ramen noodles (shrimp flavored)
1 cup green scallions chopped
1/3 cup slivered almonds
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1 head of napa cabbage shredded
Remove flavor packet from the ramen noodles. Leave the noodles
in the package and break them up into small pieces. Place noodles,
almonds and sesame seeds on a baking tray.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until browned.
Mix together oil, segar, vinegar, salt, pepper, scallions and ramen
flavor packet with the napa cabbage. Add noodle mixture to dressing
and pour over cabbage.
Erupting Volcano Cake
Bake your favorite cake in an ovenproof bowl, then hollow a well
in the top for the lava!
1 small, short juice glass to fit into the well with the top even
or below the trop of the cake.
1 small box of Jell-O
1 small bottle lemon juice
1 tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda
Make Jell-O according to package directions.
Let cool 15 minutes.
Fill juice glass 1/2 full with the warm Jell-O. (Not hot). Pour
in enough lemon juice so that it is 1/2" from the top.
Place glass down into the well on the top of the cake.
Place cake on a table and when everyone is ready, put 1 tablespoon
bicarbonate of soda onto the glass and briefly stir. Jell-O "lava"
will immediately pour out the top of the glass and flow down the
sides of the cake.
For some additional recipes ideas, or to plan your complete Luau
menu, see these
Heike Boehnke-Sharp is a WAHM, and the owner of http://www.fantasticfests.com/,
a one stop party shop. For a complete Luau party plan, or many other
occasions & themes, party supplies (yes, there is a complete
LUAU section!), favors, decorations, and much more, visit her website