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Island Luau Theme Party Ideas

In Hawaiian the word 'Luau' means feast. A luau is given for any reason, at anytime. Be sure to greet your guests with a shell or flower lei and a big "Aloha". You can also have loose flowers on hand for your guests to tuck behind their ears. If you're available romantically, put the flower behind your right ear. If you're taken, put it closest to your heart, behind your left ear.

This page was created to provide all the resources you need to host the perfect murder mystery theme party. It will save you time and money in your party planning. Here you will find costumes and fashion accessories, decorations, activities, music, menu suggestions with recipes and much more.

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- Floral, Greenery, Tropical
- Tiki Bar, Tiki Torches
- Hawaiian, Raffia, Coconuts
- Leis, Hula Skirts, Mu-Mu's, Aloha Shirts
- Hula, Polynesian drums
- Limbo
- Silk Floral Leis, Beads, Straw Hats
- Roasted Pig, Poi, Fruity Drinks

Costumes & Accessories: Luau Fashions

• To make a hula skirt, use raffia obtained from a local craft store. Several long strands knotted together about 3 inches from each end will serve as the belt. Use additional raffia strands to make the skirt. Fold a strand in half and slide the loop under the belt. Insert the ends into the loop, and pull tight to form a knot around the belt. Repeat with additional strands, pushing the knots together -- the closer the knots, the fuller the skirt. The skirt is to be worn below the waist and above the hips.
- Hawaiian Shirts - Hawaiian shirts are cool, laid back, for hangin' loose.
Luau Fashions - Costumes, Accessories & Decorations for your luau party.

Books on Hawaiian Luaus

- Entertaining Hawaiian Style: The How to Book of Hawaiian Luaus
- Hawaiian Cookbook
- Hawaiian Mythology
- How to Hula
- New Pocket Hawaiian Dictionary
- Retro Luau: Planning the Perfect Polynesian Party

Cakes: Great cake ideas for your summer party

• Top a cake with any of these items: bananas, shredded coconut and pineapple.
- Erupting Volcano Cake - This is a recipe for an actual erupting cake!
- Hula Dancer Cake - This is for a kids party. You could also take this idea and 'expand' on the idea, if you know what I mean:-)
- Volcano Cake - Another volcano cake (doesn't explode)

Decorations and Crafts for a Luau

• Pack little take out cartons of chocolate-covered macadamia nuts for party favors.
• Have bamboo tikki torches flank your party entrance.
- Luau Decorations - A lot of great ideas and decorations for your luau party.
- Leis - How to make a Lei

Food & Recipes for hosting a summer Party

- Kalua Pig, Poi, Sweet potatoes, Tropical fruit such as pineapple, mango and papaya, Mai Tai Drinks.
- Fill pineapple boats (slice fresh pineapple in half and cut out the inside of the fruit) with tuna or chicken salad. Be creative and add mandarin oranges, grapes, and slivered almonds or walnuts.
- A delicious and easy centerpiece: Slice a thin piece off the bottom of a fresh pineapple, so that it stands level on a plate. Skewer various pieces of bite-sized fruit (watermelon balls or chunks, grapes, pineapple chunks, strawberries, etc.) on shish-ka-bob sticks. Stick evenly spaced skewers into the pineapple.
- Dinner and a Murder Recipes - These are our own murder themed recipes and suggestions.
- Luau Recipes - Here is a massive collection of Luau Recipes from about.com!
- Luau Recipes - Here are many luau recipes, including Poi and Tropical Drinks!
- Roasted Pig Recipes

Games & other items to set the mood

- Murder in Paradise - Experience the ultimate Luau theme party with this fun summer murder mystery party kit.

Jewelry - Accessorize your Luau Costumes

- Leis - How to make a Lei

Theme Ideas & Plans for a Luau Party

• Get a Hula instructor to teach your guests some Hula basics!
• Have a Hula Hoop Contest
Flashlight limbo – turn off all the lights, and use the beam of the flashlight as your limbo stick.
• Make Name Tags using your guests Hawaiian Names. Click previous link for a Hawaiian name generator.
- Make A Hula Hoop - Step by step instructions. As a party activity you could provide supplies and let your guests make their own, before you hold a hula hoop contest!
- Summer Theme Invitation Templates - Free template your download, customize & print!
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