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    Default Needing Budget Friendly Ideas for a Luau Themed Graduation Party

    My friend's daughter has decided that she would like to have a Luau themed party to celebrate her graduation from high school. She is wanting suggestions for the menu and decorations.

    I know you all have great ideas.

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    Fire Re: Needing Budget Friendly Ideas for a Luau Themed Graduation Party

    Hi Michelle, welcome to the site . . .

    Here are various ideas:

    Make the doorway the entrance to a big sandcastle. Build sandcastles out of cardboard and spray paint them with faux-sand (available at walmart) or you can make a glue spray and literally throw clean dry sand onto it while it's wet.

    Make flags out of lightweight cloth to fly from the castle top and attach them to small wooden rods, Write your custom message on the flags, like "Welcome" or "Michelle's Graduation Beach Bash."

    You can often get plastic leis at the dollar store

    Create a 'Tiki Bar' - complete with supplies for Virgin Pina Colada's & Virgin Daiquiris. - Set up a blender, fresh fruit and supplies, add some pretty daiquiri glasses ($1 at walmart) in the seasonal section.

    Hang beach balls from the ceiling and in doorways. (dirt cheap at the dollar store) as well as b-lights (the small Christmas lights) and string plastic sand shovels on them, too.

    Consider making enough to line the driveway or sidewalk with your sandcastle flags. Use the colors of your grad's school (either past or future).

    Use 'tropical colors' for your tablecloths--yellow, green, hot pink, melon, orange and bright blue, and add small items like sea shells to the table.

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    Default Tropical Salad with Pineapple Vinaigrette

    Tropical Salad with Pineapple Vinaigrette

    * 6 slices bacon
    * 1/4 cup pineapple juice
    * 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
    * 1/4 cup olive oil
    * freshly ground black pepper to taste
    * salt to taste
    * 1 (10 ounce) package chopped romaine lettuce
    * 1 cup diced fresh pineapple
    * 1/2 cup chopped and toasted macadamia nuts
    * 3 green onions, chopped
    * 1/4 cup flaked coconut, toasted

    1. Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble and set aside.
    2. In a cruet or jar with a lid, combine pineapple juice, red wine vinegar, oil, pepper and salt. Cover and shake well.
    3. In a large bowl, toss together the lettuce, pineapple, macadamia nuts, green onions and bacon. Pour dressing over salad and toss to coat. Garnish with toasted coconut.
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    Default Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs

    Food needs to be easy to prepare, easy to eat, not so messy.. . .

    Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs
    * 3 tablespoons soy sauce
    * 3 tablespoons brown sugar
    * 2 tablespoons sherry
    * 1 tablespoon sesame oil
    * 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
    * 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
    * 8 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cut into 2 inch pieces
    * 1 (20 ounce) can pineapple chunks, drained
    * skewers

    1. In a shallow glass dish, mix the soy sauce, brown sugar, sherry, sesame oil, ginger, and garlic powder. Stir the chicken pieces and pineapple into the marinade until well coated. Cover, and marinate in the refrigerator at least 2 hours.
    2. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
    3. Lightly oil the grill grate. Thread chicken and pineapple alternately onto skewers. Grill 15 to 20 minutes, turning occasionally, or until chicken juices run clear.
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    Default Re: Needing Budget Friendly Ideas for a Luau Themed Graduation Party

    Hawaiian Luau Party Décor Ideas
    • * Cover tables with Island designed tablecloths, tropical sheets, or beach towels, winding silk vines around food serving pieces.
    • * Cover the serving table with fish netting and scatter sea shells, stars and sea horses around net.
    • * Use uncut pineapples and coconuts on serving table as décor.
    • * Sprinkle flowers and tropical leaves on the tabletop. L
    • * Fill vases and jars with sand and sea shells and place a candle in the center.
    • * Sarongs and straw beach mats can be used as inexpensive table toppers.
    • * Drape hula skirts around the table or hang on the wall near the serving station.
    • * Scatter addtional island décor around the party, such as Tiki carvings, paper mache parrots on perches, and colorful fish.
    • * Bring personal items from the garage that are in theme; that old ukulele, surfboard, beach chairs and straw hats.
    • *Beach umbrellas, beach chairs and large beach towels can be set up for seating and lounging in the backyard during the party. Have beach balls and hula hoops on hand for play.
    • *String colorful paper lanterns in trees for backyard lighting.


    To decorate the "tiki bar" buy cheap grass skirts and cover the base of it.
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    Default Re: Needing Budget Friendly Ideas for a Luau Themed Graduation Party

    Pineapple Mango Salsa

    * 1 jalapeno or chipotle pepper, seeded and finely diced
    * 1 cup fresh pineapple, diced
    * 1 fresh mango, peeled and diced
    * 1/2 cup red onion, diced
    * 1/2 cup red or orange bell pepper, diced
    * 2 cloves garlic, minced
    * 4 tablespoons fresh lime juice
    * 1-2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
    * 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

    Combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl and refrigerate for at least 24 hours before serving. Makes about 2 cups.
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    Default Re: Needing Budget Friendly Ideas for a Luau Themed Graduation Party

    For a Table Centerpiece- Decor you could carve a Tiki Watermelon

    Directions here:
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    Default Re: Needing Budget Friendly Ideas for a Luau Themed Graduation Party

    Thank you for the ideas!

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