If your guests canʼt make it to Hawai'i, bring Hawai'i to them. With the right supplies and creativity, you can transform any backyard or spacious venue into an authentic luau setting. Whether itʼs centered around a pool, lush lawn, patio or even indoors, make sure the atmosphere is laid-back, fun and inviting. To create the right mood, here are some key things to keep in mind as you shop around for the perfect decorations.
Greet each guest with aloha by placing a flower lei, silk lei or plastic lei around their necks or set aside a basket of leis for guests to choose one of their own.
Offer loose flowers like the plumeria, orchid or hibiscus for those who want to show their romantic status. If single, the flower goes behind the right ear and if taken, behind the left.
Turn off bright outdoor lights and use tiki torches, paper lanterns, string lights or small bon fires and candles to create a relaxing ambience.
Cover walls with scene setters featuring tropical images like a beach, palm trees, tiki or floral patterns. Hang “aloha” greeting banners and garlands.
Use tropical or bright colored cloths with fish netting. Scatter seashells, sand and other beach-like accents. For a simpler look, try grass skirts, raffia or ti leaves with a basic tablecloth or tapa fabric and fresh flowers. Add pineapples, coconuts, fresh flower and fruit arrangements as centerpieces.
Spice up the scene with inflatable palm trees, parrots, tropical fish and flamingos to name a few. Or use flat cutouts for quicker preparation.
Using cardboard thatʼs about 5 – 6 feet tall, paint the body of a hula dancer and surfer and cut a circle out for each of the faces for guests to pose in.
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