Luau parties have become a very popular party theme year round. They are especially festive and fun on a summer night. But what kind of food should you serve? Nobody really wants a hot, heavy dinner for a luau party. It should be refreshing, light, festive and fun.
Here are some luau party recipes and ideas for your party fare; keep it simple and enjoy the night.
The most predominant thing I used at a luau party I threw for my daughter’s 13th birthday was pineapples, of course. Decorations and food should incorporate the pineapple theme. I had fresh pineapple chunks on trays, and ham and pineapple on skewers. You don’t have to grill to have skewered food, remember. If you want to grill, chicken chunks marinated in a nice festive soy or honey mustard sauce alternated with colorful peppers or something would be nice.
Chicken chunks on a tray with dip in the center are nice, too. Adults like chicken chunks as much as kids! Have several types of dip available to add to the fun: honey, ranch, honey mustard, etc…
A fruit salad, light and frothy is always good. Here’s an easy one: I call it tutti-fruitti salad. It is actually my mother’s recipe.
Combine a box of vanilla wafers, a large carton of coolwhip, and a large can of fruit cocktail drained. Mix and chill.
Vegetable and fruit trays are nice. Cantaloupe and watermelon should be balled to reduce the mess.
For adults, finger sandwiches in light concoctions like cream cheese and olives, tuna salad, and of course, chicken salad, are always big hits. You can also use tortilla shells and roll up sandwich fillings, even meat and cheese, and cut into pinwheels. Pimento cheese and Monterey jack spread are great, too.
For a spicey, but great, Monterey jack spread, shred one 8 ounce bar of Monterey jack, add 1/2 cup Miracle whip Salad Dressing, Not mayonnaise. Salt and grind pepper liberally. Chill and serve on your favorite cracker.
A nice spread for those mini-loaves of bread you get at the deli-bakery: In the food processor, grind up a cucumber, preferably without skin. Add a medium onion and around 8-10 ounces of sour cream. Salt and pepper to taste, chill and spread .
As crazy as it sounds, a bucket of fried chicken would be a hit, too.
Nuts of all kinds, should be offered in bowls. You could make your own mix with peanuts, raisins and m & M’s. Banana chips are a good add-in or a stand-alone item for a luau party.
One of my favorite drink recipes to serve in a punch bowl is plain pink lemonade Kook-aid. Use some of the Kool-aid to freeze in muffin tins with a fresh strawberry to make festive ice to float in the punch.