There’s perhaps no better time for parties than the summer. The sun is hot, the days are long, and most people have less work to do. One of the most popular kinds of parties to throw in the summer is a luau, which is a Hawaiian-style party. And one of- if not the- most important aspects to a successful luau party is good decorating. Here’s a short guide to all you’ll need to really set the theme for your luau.
One of the most necessary items to decorate your party is tiki torches. Tiki torches come in a large variety of shapes and sizes, but the best sort of torch for a luau is, of course, the traditional bamboo sort. Tiki torches are commonly found at home improvement or department stores, and they’re usually pretty inexpensive at around five dollars or less. Make sure you have a fire extinguisher handy near them just in case, though; it’s possible they can fall over or someone can bump into them, and you don’t want your party to end with a call to an ambulance!
One of the things that people think of most often when they think of luaus is a beach with palm trees. And even if you don’t have a beach to use for your party, palm trees are in abundant supply. Since you probably don’t have a grove of real palm trees at your disposal- although that would be pretty neat!- many party supply stores sell inflatable or fake ones for relatively cheap that you can use.
Just like the palm trees, you probably don’t have a beach to throw a luau on. But that’s okay! For any little kids that may be coming to the party, put out a sandbox and a small pool. If you’re the artistic type, perhaps paint a mural of the beach and hang it up somewhere so that at least you can get the feel of it!
A tiki bar
There are some places that sell complete tiki bars, but they can cost upwards of a hundred dollars. If you have that money to spend, go ahead and get one! But we’re assuming you’re throwing this luau on a budget, so an easy way to have a makeshift tiki bar is to put some paper bamboo on your bar and add a paper thatched roof. If you’re the creative kind, you can make these yourself. Otherwise, a lot of party supply stores sell them, too.
One of the most important ways to make a luau feel like a luau is how the people there are dressed. Have some leis handy to give out to guests as they arrive at the party, and give the ladies flowers to put behind their ears. If you want, you can really go all-out and suggest everyone wear Hawaiian-style clothing!