Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Party Planner: Girls Night Luau

One of my favorite summer traditions is kicking off the season by hosting a casual Girls Night on my patio with all of my favorite ladies. Even though there are only a few weeks of summer left, there is still time to throw your own laid-back soiree with all of your best girlfriends, so read on for a quick overview of some of our favorite things from our Girls Night Luau!

This party featured a classic Hawaiian theme, with everything from hula girls to palm trees. First, we'll examine the party decor and special touches.

Luau Decor and Details

Clockwise from top:

1) Lollipop Party Favors: Each guest received an assortment of tasty lollipops topped off with a cocktail umbrella. The double purple ribbons echoed the party colors, and each bag was tagged with "Mahalo" (translation: Thank you!).

2) Leis & Palm Tree Straws: As each guest entered the party, she was greeted with an "aloha!" (which got progressively louder throughout the evening) and received a lei. All of the drinks were sipped through palm tree straws that were purchased at our favorite party supply store, Dollar Tree.

3) Welcome Shots: To get into the party spirit, each guest immediately received a welcome shot upon arrival. The shots were served on a hula girl plate with a festive food tent that had been stamped with a tropical drink image. The welcome shots were named "E Komo Mai," which is a Hawaiian greeting.

4) Utensil Packs: There were a few extra leis, so I cut them up and used the extra flowers as craft supplies! These utensil packs were created by punching a hole in the center of two lei flowers, wrapping up a fork and knife in a napkin, threading a ribbon through the lei flowers, and tying the ribbon/flowers around the napkin pack.

5) Door Strings: These decorations were an impulse buy at Dollar Tree, but of course I couldn't resist them when I saw that they perfectly matched our plates! The strings feature images of hula girls, ukeleles, and flowers.

Next, it's time for the food! 

Luau Menu 

Clockwise from top left:

1) Pretzel Dijon Chicken: I'm the first to admit that I'm not the best chef, but since I kept the crafting for this party to a minimum, I wanted to do some experimenting in the kitchen. Instead of one main course, we enjoyed many different appetizers and tapas. One of my favorite dishes were these pretzel dijon chicken bites, accented with green glitter toothpicks (I had to craft SOMETHING!).

2) Appetizer Overview: An antipasto platter, crudite, chips and dip, and mozzarella/tomato/basil sandwiches were just a few of the initial appetizers that were served.

3) Mini Cupcakes: The dessert table had a "mini" theme (that way, we could sample a little bit of everything!). TSN reader Sarah is a brilliant baker who whipped up these mocha/orange cupcakes, which were decorated with cupcake toppers that were leftover from my recent 13 Going on 30 Birthday Party (this is why we always hang onto extra crafting supplies - they usually come in handy!).

4) Mini Doughnuts: How adorable are these doughnuts?! Sarah outdid herself by baking these as well. We served them on a cake pop display stand that was covered with leftover lei flowers.

Of course, the night also included some of our other classic party elements such as a signature cocktail, an M-curated mixy, and much more food, but the best part was having lots of girl talk with a great group of friends. I used all disposable paper goods to make the clean-up easier so that I could concentrate on enjoying the evening with the girls - as usual, Dollar Tree came to the rescue by providing lots of lovely luau options.

If you'd like more details about the full menu or any other party aspects, leave a comment below!

What's your perfect summer party theme?




  1. Everything looks so pretty and delish, as usual! Presentation really means a lot, and being creative with simple supplies is a wonderful talent. Thanks for sharing! I hope to make use of some of your great ideas in these last few weeks of summer :)

    1. Thanks! There is always great inspiration to be found at the Dollar Tree and other discount shops.

  2. Love the Luau Party Recap but loved being there to sample all of these delicious items even more:)

    1. And we loved having you there!!


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