When planning a Hawaiian-themed party for your 15-year-old, prepare a variety of tropical surprises from the decorations to the party games. Although most teens can keep themselves entertained, planning a few games will keep everyone involved in the party. Hand out Hawaiian-themed party favors and prizes, such as coconuts, leis, sunglasses and hula skirts, for guests to take home as mementos of the party.
Decorate the party area with inflatable beach floats and swim toys. Use beach towels as tablecloths and decoration around the party. Hang leis on chairs and doorknobs. Make surfboards using inexpensive polystyrene foam board and markers. Hang the surfboards from the ceiling or lean them against the wall. Outdoor decorations include artificial or real palm trees, large seashells, wooden parrots, tiki torches and wooden totem poles. Other decorations to place around the party area include coconuts, grass table runners, homemade tissue flowers and seashell necklaces.
For easy Hawaiian games, host a limbo and hula-hoop contest for the party guests. Award prizes to the contest winners. Guests can bowl using pineapples and coconuts. Place 10 pineapples on the ground in a pyramid shape form like bowling pins. Teen must roll the coconuts at the pineapples. The player who knocks down the most pineapples out of five rolls wins the game. Ask your guests in the party invitations to wear their most colorful Hawaiian shirt. Award a prize to the teen with the most colorful shirt.
Make a large bowl of tropical fruit and stick cocktail umbrellas in the fruit. Use the bowl of fruit as a table centerpiece. Use beachcomber hats to hold snacks, such as chips or pretzels, on the food tables. Other food ideas include hamburgers, hot dogs, fruit smoothies, pineapple upside down cake, goldfish crackers and macadamia nuts. Cut watermelon in half and scoop out the inside using a melon ball scoop. Place the melon balls back in the carved watermelon along with other large chunks of fruit.
Divide the teens into two teams and have each team stand in a single file line. Give the first player in each team line a coconut. When you say "Go," the teens must pass the coconut over their head to the next person in line. The next player must pass the coconut under his legs to the next player in line. Each player must continue the over and under pattern. The first team to get their team coconut all the way down the line and back to the first player in line wins the game. For a variation, have the teams pass the coconuts underneath their chins all the way down the team line. They cannot use their hands. If they drop the coconut, they must hand the coconut back to the first player in line to start over.
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