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How to Throw a Backyard Luau Party

Eric KilbyJun25

Plenty of sunshine creates the perfect setting for a fun Hawaiian-themed party! We’ll show you some simple and creative ways to throw a festive backyard luau that your family and friends will surely enjoy.


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How to Decorate

Create a tropical paradise ambiance by staking tiki torches around the backyard. Hang paper lanterns, string lights, and streamers with Hawaiian-inspired designs.

Decorate your pool area with surfboards, pink flamingoes, sea shells, colorful fish décor, or artificial palm trees.

If your party extends into the evening, dim your outdoor lights, place flameless candles on the tables, and put floating candles in the swimming pool.

Sam HowzitTables can be covered with island-designed tablecloths or colorful sarongs. Sprinkle loose flower petals on each tabletop.

Surround your serving table with a grass skirt border and use whole pineapples or coconuts as décor. Better yet, cover the table with fish netting and accent it with sea shells and artificial starfish and sea horses.


Photo from Sam Howzit via flickr. CC BY 2.0

What to Wear

Part of the fun of a luau is dressing up in colorful and comfortable tropical attire. A floral print shirt can easily be paired with a nice pair of khaki shorts or a casual jean skirt.

Men can sport their best “surfer dude” look with tank tops or Hawaiian print T-shirts and board shorts. A sarong is a stylish and versatile option for women because it can be worn in so many ways and is also a great way to cover up a swimsuit.

Christopher PageDon’t forget to greet your guests the traditional way with beautiful leis. Leis can be made of real flowers or silk, plastic, or paper ones. Order some from a party supplier or create your own.


Photo from Christopher Page via flickr. CC BY 2.0

What to Serve

Slow-roasted pork is the main attraction at traditional luaus. For a backyard luau, simply fire up the grill and cook up some delicious barbecued pork chops, ribs, and pork bellies to complement the hotdogs and burgers.

Lots of fresh fruit will make your island menu more authentic. Grilled pineapples are delicious on their own or when topped on a burger.

A fruit platter filled with tropical fruits such as melons, kiwis, pineapples, bananas, and mangoes makes a colorful and tasty centerpiece.


Photo from Ewen Roberts via flickr. CC BY 2.0
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