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Luau Party Ideas

(From an Almost Native Hawaiian)

That's right, people. We didn't come up with these luau party ideas sitting on our sofas in Pennsylvania.

Okay, we did, but it's true that one of us spends hours lolling on the beaches of Maui every year. She's been to her share of luaus and thrown a few too.

But you don't have to be in Hawaii to enjoy a luau, although that would make it much better. Our luau party ideas will get you as close as possible to the real deal.

By traditional definition, a luau is an elaborate Hawaiian feast featuring traditional foods and entertainment.

By our definition, an adult luau party is a great way to try new things, celebrate a birthday, and have a blast with friends all at the same time.

Adult Luau Party Necessities

Our luau party ideas will transport you to Hawaii and entertain your guests with food, drink (of course) and luau activities.

Usually we think of a luau as being an outdoor party, but don't let that stop you from holding one inside if you want. An indoor luau party is a fun and festive way to beat the winter blues.

A luau is one party where decorations definitely play a big role. No need to import palm trees, but grass skirts around tables (and around your guests too), tiki torches, colorful tableware, leis and exotic flowers are absolute necessities!

So be creative with your Hawaiian decorations and create a festive atmosphere for your guests. It'll get them mingling (the drinks will help too).

No Luau is Complete Without Tasty Mixed Tropical Drinks

Mixing up classic mai tais like this one is a must-do luau party idea. We're sure you'll want to have some tropical drinks on hand at your luau, alcoholic, non-alcoholic or both. We have a collection of luau drink recipes for all the classics —Mai Tais, Blue Hawaiians, Lava Flows and some others, along with tropical punch recipes and recipes for some not so well-known mixed tropical drinks too.

Be Daring! Surprise Your Guests with Authentic Luau Food

One of our luau party ideas requires a daring spirit; cook a few authentic Hawaiian luau dishes! A full spread is an absolute must. Browse through these simple luau recipes and start getting your shopping list together.

And while we're on the subject of food, it's time to think about one of our favorite luau party ideas...dessert! In addition to the traditional banana and mango breads, take some cues from these photos of luau birthday cakes. What an impressive finale, don't you think?

Hmm, What to Wear, What to Wear

Your best Hawaiianna, of course! And ask your guests to do the same.

Hawaiian shirts and jams for the guys, muu muus and cute Hawaiian print dresses for the women, and flip flops all around.
At an adult luau party, put some Locals sandals on your feet. They're what the locals wear in Hawaii.

If you really want to be a local, wear just that, Locals. They're the brand of flip flops the locals wear in Hawaii. They come in lots of cool colors and patterns. We get ours at Long's Pharmacy on Maui for about $3.00. You can find Locals online too.


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