Hawaiian Luau

When thinking of the dream vacation I immediately picture myself on a beach somewhere hot and sunny. I don’t know about most of you, but Hawaii is an ideal spot to vacation in my eyes. Well, because I’m a broke college student, that isn’t very realistic right now. So what better than to bring the beach to you with a Hawaiian Luau themed party?

The main focus for parties such as this are bright colors, grass table skirts, and lots of fruit and flowers.

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ABOVE: Perfect example (found on uncommondesignsonline.com) of a Luau table serving drinks and finger foods. The bright flowers convey the flowers you would find in Hawaii and cost under $10 to make! All are made out of tissue paper and are quick and easy to create; refer to previous post Cinco De Drinko to find instructions to make tissue paper flowers. There are also videos on youtube.

Depending on the weather/season that you decide to throw this party, it may be indoors or out. If outdoors, set up picnic tables all with similar decor as above. If indoors, the decor may be dispersed throughout the kitchen, dining room, living room, etc.

A great list of ideas for food at a Hawaiian Luau are:

ANY sliced fruit: pineapples, strawberries, watermelon, bananas, etc. Even better is to create little shish-kabobs of fruit. Layer from top to bottom your favorite fruits. Another lovable shish-kabob is chocolate covered fruit. Mix and match the two, with half plain fruit and the other half chocolate covered shish-kabobs.

Spicy Hawaiian Chicken Burgers: This recipe is to die for, no matter the event. However, it seems quite fitting when throwing a Hawaiian Luau. What you will need (measurements of ingredients differ according to how many guests you are expecting/how many burgers you want to make) – Ground chicken, pineapple rings, pepper jack cheese, hamburger buns, paprika, chili powder, seasoned salt and garlic. To make (ingredients following are in order to make about 6 burgers) – Mix 2 lbs of ground chicken, 1/2 tsp paprika, 1/2 tsp chili powder, 1/2 tsp of seasoning salt and 1 clove of garlic into a mixing bowl. After mixing, portion mixture into 6 balls, then flatten. Grill burgers over medium heat for about 6 minutes each side. In the last 2-3 minutes, place pepperjack cheese atop the burgers to melt. After the burgers are cooked, place on plate covered with aluminum foil for a few minutes. Meanwhile, grill pineapple slices, turning carefully after 1-2 minutes. After this, your dish is complete!

Other dishes include: Macaroni salad, Ham and Cheese sliders, and Pimento Cheese Crisps.

For the drinks served, we of course stick with the theme. A yummy adult beverage is the Sea Water drink.

Ingredients: Blue Gatorade, Blue Hawaiian Punch, Vodka and Sprite layered over ice.

Another guaranteed hit is the Paradise drink.

Ingredients: Light Rum, Malibu Rum, Blue Curacao, Pineapple Juice and Grenadine.

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ABOVE: The Paradise drink.

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