I’ve always thought a backyard luau would be a fun and easy party to throw. It would be so bright and colorful, and who doesn’t want to imagine they’re on a Hawaiian island? Maybe one of these days I’ll convince Mike to let me throw one! Until then, a girl can dream.


1. This fruit salsa is easy and delicious, I’ve made it a few times and it’s so refreshing on a hot day.

2. These Hawaiian chicken sliders had me at grilled pineapple.

3. The decor ideas at this party are AMAZING, although I am cringing a little at the idea of cleaning up all of that sand!

4. There are recipes for three tropical kabobs here, and they all look easy and delicious.

5. I’ve posted a couple drink recipes that would be great for a luau (the Hula Girl, the Coconut Lime Sublime), but this Hula Coola is another excellent choice. It’s non-alcoholic but that can always be modified if you’d like!

6. OMG I want to make this balloon palm tree just for fun.

7. Same with this beach ball arch! Just glue some beach balls and inner tubes together for a seriously cool way to welcome your guests.

8. This Badmitton Set can be adapted for all sorts of different games.

9. Using a kiddie pool as a cooler is such a cute and cheap idea.

10. You’ve gotta have Tiki cups!

Of course, you need all the standard luau stuff as well – flower leis, paper drink umbrellas, shell necklaces, grass skirt everything, and, to channel your inner Elvis, a limbo game! LOL.

What other ideas do you have? Please share them, and leave party theme requests in the comments!