Monday, June 21, 2010

Aloha to Summer Celebrations

Luaus are popular for summer partying. You can use this theme to celebrate birthdays, summer holidays, family reunions and much more! Additionally, you can find many decorations at party stores on sale! Check out some of my suggestions below for creating your own party paradise!

This adorable napkin pattern comes from Plate and Napkin. I'd recommend pairing this color scheme with solid pink and orange plates, napkins, cups and serveware.

Hang banners that read "Mahalo" (or thank you) and "Aloha" (hello, goodbye or love). You can also decorate with DIY complementary-colored tissue pom poms. You can read Martha Stewart's instructions on creating these decorations here.

As favors, give guest leis and hulu skirts. Place hibiscus flowers in female patrons' hair. Keep guests entertained by hiring a halau or hulu dance troupe or  to teach guests the exotic dance or provide a short performance. 

If you're celebrating a special occasion, check out this cake (pictured left) by Cakes by Steph.

You can get really awesome coconut cups from Oriental Trading. They also have affordable rafia table skirting that you can use to spruce up buffet and serving tables. Party City also offers an adorable pink and orange one.
I saw this salad recipe on Scientific Housewife and thought it would be great for a light luau menu.

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