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    Default Hawaiian Tropical Luau Party Ideas- on a Budget!

    Well, I stuck my foot in it a couple months ago telling the boys they could throw a pool party this summer. Oldest ds turned 16 not too long ago and since there really wasn't any good place to hold a party, we held off until warmer weather moved in. It's moved in, lol.

    Now I discover that he wants to have 20 of his "closest" buds over for a Pool Party. One of his friends DJ's so the music/noise is all set/planned already.

    We have a decent pool - so that will be the main entertainment, along with volleyball, badminton, and ladderball. I figured we might as well use what we have!

    Now for the food-

    Since they want to have their party starting around noon and running till 11-ish- I need some major ideas for Good Clean non-hovering fun & food!

    For Decor-
    We have Palm Trees growing around our deck/pool so I thought it would be fun to turn the party into a Hawaiian Luau theme.

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    Centerpiece will be the Sea Turtle or Tiki Watermelon, (provided I can find a watermelon bigger than a cantaloupe and less than a million dollars, lol). They were priced around $7 last I saw and weren't much bigger than a softball.

    I have Surf boards/wake boards that we play in the ocean with, so I thought we could stand those up at the stairs leading up to the deck/pool.

    I'm sure the dollar store has cheap Daiquiri "Glasses" to serve Virgin Pina Colada's & Virgin Daiquiris in, as well as cheap grass skirts (I thought maybe we could use the pop-up awning thingamajig and add grass skirts around the top of it to turn it into a makeshift Cabana.

    I thought I'd pick up a couple Hula-hoops and leave those lying around for the kids to play with too.

    For Food Ideas:

    I was thinking along the lines of Pineapple Pulled Pork or BBQ Pulled Pork- something that can be made ahead of time in the crockpot and left on a table, plugged in to stay warm for most of the day/evening.

    Volcano Cake (Ha, a Chocolate Bundt Cake with a Piece of Dry ice placed in the center to make it "smoke"

    Virgin Coladas/Daiquiris (aka Smoothies, but Virgin Colada seems to sound so much better when you're 16!)


    Game Ideas/ Entertainment:

    Pass the Coconut- have to pass the coconut to each other (round in a circle) WITHOUT using HANDS.

    Limbo- How low can you go? Typical Party Game

    Invitations- Flip Flop shaped invitation Cards

    K ya'll- that's all I've got- I would LOVE to hear your suggestions, thoughts, Ideas!!
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    Default Re: Hawaiian Tropical Luau Party Ideas- on a Budget!

    That sounds like fun! I love the volcano cake idea. You could make a tropical fruit salad, wrap hawiaan leis around your invitation cards and direct your guests to wear them to the party.

    You could have a Big Kahuna Contest- whoever dresses the "most hawiaan" is the Big Kahuna and gets a prize.

    You could make Fruit Kebabs of pineapples/strawberries and apple chunks and then stick them in a watermelon or cantaloupe half to hold them up for grab & go snacking.

    It might be less expensive to make a big bowl of punch instead of having soda.

    For desserts you could make individual Pineapple upside down cakes using a muffin tin instead of a cake pan.

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    Default Re: Hawaiian Tropical Luau Party Ideas- on a Budget!

    Liss, you're trying too hard, lol. Just serve your key west grilled chicken recipe that will fill them up!

    You could use brightly colored paper plates to serve things on. Add a couple blow up beach balls around for decor.

    For a dessert- make a Hawaiian Wedding cake, it's always a very big hit at parties. Basically you bake a yellow cake in a 9x13 pan. Cool, Poke Holes over the cake. open a 20 oz can of crushed pineapple and pour over the cake evenly, place in fridge.

    In a bowl Mix beat 1 pkg cream cheese together until fluffy and then add 1 pkg of vanilla pudding and 2 c. cold milk. Beat until smooth, spread over cake on top of the pineapple. Take 1 tub of cool whip, add 1 c. flaked coconut, mix well, spread over the top of the pudding layer. Place in fridge till ready to serve.
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