A luau is a classic theme for a children's party. This theme works well for birthdays or for everyday get-togethers. In the summertime, a luau party allows children the opportunity to relax Hawaiian-style and enjoy the weather. You can make the party as complicated or as easygoing as you desire. Allow several days of preparation before the big event date so you have enough time to purchase supplies and decorate the area before the party.
Items you will need
- Cardboard surfboard
- Cardboard surfboard
- Flowers or grass
- Artificial palm trees
- Tiki torches
- Pool (optional)
- Toy hoop
- Beach ball
- Volleyball net or rope
- "Hawaiian beach" cardboard cutouts
- Paper or plastic cups
- Paper or plastic plates
- Tropical fruit
- Grilled chicken or hot dogs
- Treat bags
- Juice boxes
Send out invitations several weeks before the party date to ensure guests have enough time to plan to come to the event. You can purchase pre-made invitations from a store or make your own. Include the time, date, address and party attire requested on the invitation. Request that guests come dressed in luau attire. Boys can wear shorts and Hawaiian shirts. Girls can wear grass skirts and coconut bras (or something that looks similar) or shorts and tank tops.
Decorate the party room the day before the party. Set up a cardboard surfboard with the word "Aloha" on it near the entrance. Decorate tables with tropical-colored tablecloths and sprinkle them with flowers or grass for a tropical effect. Place artificial palm trees and tiki torches around the party area. Create a fake beach by covering a large tarp with 2 or 3 inches of sand.
Give all guests leis to wear as they come in the door.
Plan for several luau-themed games during the party. If you have a pool, allow guests to swim. Play "hot potato" using a coconut instead of a potato. Have a "bobbing for shells" game. The rules are the same as for apple bobbing, only the participants try to catch shells. Stage a hula contest with a toy hoop. Play a traditional game of volleyball, only use a beach ball instead. Set up a photo booth at which children can take pictures of themselves with their faces poking through holes in cardboard cutouts depicting them on the beach in Hawaii.
Serve Hawaiian-inspired foods at the party. Serve a wide assortment of tropical fruit, such as mangoes, pineapples and kiwi fruit. Offer light foods, such as grilled chicken or hot dogs, as the main dish. Children will prefer foods they are familiar with.
Make luau-themed treat bags for children to take home. Fill the bags with leis, tropical-flavored boxed juices, a small assortment of candy, luau-themed toys or inexpensive flip-flops.
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