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Luau Party

Everyone loves a Hawaiian luau party!

A luau party is meant to bring a touch of the exotic to your backyard. When someone mentions a Hawaiian luau party, you think of hula dancers in grass skirts, flower lei necklaces, and a suckling pig on the spit. Although you might not be able to get the dancers or the suckling pig, there's no reason you can't bring a little bit of Hawaii to your party.

For your luau party decorations, some palm trees and beach-like scenery will help put everyone in a Hawaiian party mood. Make sure you have leis for everyone to wear once they walk in the door, and maybe have some green or grass skirts on hand for the ladies to put on over their clothes. Encourage everyone to come in beachwear, and for the men to wear Hawaiian shirts, since your guests' attire can go a long way to setting the mood.

Planning a Luau Party

Look for your luau party supplies at online specialty stores and party rental places in your city. Tiki torches in the backyard, limbo bars and thatch umbrellas all help with setting the mood for your Hawaiian luau. As for the drinks, don't forget to use anything with coconut, or a sweet, fruity drink with little umbrellas in the glass for your guests. The Mai tai is a popular luau drink to consider serving at your party. Bowls of fruit punch will also allow guests to serve themselves and avoid alcohol, should they choose.

As for the food, pork and pineapple are often closely tied with Hawaiian luau parties. Instead of a full suckling pig on a spit, you can try roasting a pork shoulder in the oven with a pineapple puree and salt, giving it a sweet and savory taste. Or you can just roast the shoulder itself, and serve slices of cut up pineapple, along with other fruits, for dessert. You can even make a pineapple upside-down cake to serve with roasted chicken covered in a spicy cocktail sauce and sweet roasted peppers.

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