A Hawaiian-themed tropical party is a great way to celebrate good weather and to get everyone partying outside. While it is possible to buy all the party paraphernalia at a store or online party center, there are also quite a few things you can make yourself. If you love simple crafts, make your own Hawaiian-themed party supplies. Save some cash and create some vividly tropical decorations!
Find some swirled and vividly colored cardstock and sketch out surfboard shapes on them. Draw as many surfboards as guests you are inviting, then cut them out with a pair of sharp scissors. Write out the invitations by hand and send them out in long, narrow envelopes. These invitations get your guests in the mood for surfing and fun in the sun, even if they have never been to the beach.
Leis are a welcoming gift in Hawaii, and they are extremely easy to make. If you have a garden full of small flowers, you can even supply the flowers yourself. Otherwise, order several colors of blossoms in bulk, due for delivery the night before the party. String all of the flowers together on sturdy string using a large needle, and then tie them together. Then, as your guests arrive, give them a beautiful garland that they can wear for the length of the party.
If the party is for adults rather than children, use fire as a centerpiece. Candles create a sense of intimacy and fun, especially when lit outdoors, so place candles on each table. One great way to display candles is to use floating candles in glass bowls filled with water. For a chromatic touch, add a few drops of blue food coloring to the water. You may also set votive candles in bowls filled with clean sand and decorated with seashells and twigs for a tropical look.
If you want to give your guests some fun tropical clothing as they walk in the door, make some easy plastic grass skirts. Buy a box of plastic garbage bags with drawstrings. Then cut off the bottom and cut the remainder of the bag into strips up to the waistband. Use the drawstrings to secure the skirt to the wearer's hips.
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