How to Decorate Your Food Table for a Hawaiian Luau

by Si Kingston, Demand Media

    A Hawaiian luau is not complete without the decor to go with it. An invited guest should feel the spirit of the Hawaiian islands immediately upon setting foot in the party space, and especially when going to try your luau-inspired food. When many people think of Hawaii, they think of the surf and sand, lei necklaces, girls dancing in hula skirts, and bright, tropical flowers. All of these things can be incorporated in your luau food table.

    Step 1

    Put food in bright, tropical-colored or clear containers on top of bamboo place mats. This will help to enhance the festive mood.

    Step 2

    Place leis and Hawaiian flowers, such as the plumeria, on the table. Wrap the lei around the punch bowl, and set the flowers (without the stem) in small glasses of water.

    Step 3

    Staple or tape a grass skirts along the border of the table. Grass skirts are definitely Hawaiian and will give the table a tropical feel.

    Step 4

    Set two or three fresh, whole pineapples or cut coconuts on the table as centerpieces. You can surround the pineapple with a lei or fresh flowers.

    Step 5

    Sprinkle small seashells around the food and dishware on the table. Seashells will give the feel of Hawaiian beaches.

    Step 6

    Stick mini umbrellas in all drink glasses placed on the table. Mini umbrellas are commonly placed in drink glasses in the Hawaiian islands.

    Step 7

    Add small, plastic Hawaiian hula dancers and surfboards to the table. These icons will not only remind your guests of Hawaii, but also add more fun to the Hawaiian luau.

    Tips & Warnings

    • Many party supply stores sell Hawaiian decor like mini umbrellas, leis and plastic hula girls.

    About the Author

    Si Kingston has been an online content contributor since 2004, with work appearing on websites such as MadeMan. She is a professional screenwriter and young-adult novelist and was awarded the Marion-Hood Boesworth Award for Young Fiction in 2008. Kingston holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Mills College.

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