Throw a Tropical Hawaiian Party

Throw a Tropical Hawaiian Party

These lighter and longer evenings mean that summer’s finally here. Celebrate with a Hawaiian luau, bringing the bright colours of the exotic Pacific islands to your home or garden. This tropical party theme is great for a family gathering, a children’s birthday, or even better, a Hawaii Five-O 50th birthday party.

Hawaiian Party

Wrap the party room in an ambient scene-setter to get the crowd into beach mode, even if it’s a bit grey outside. Play some gentle Hawaiian music early on and then blast out hits by Elvis or the Beach Boys as the party gets into full swing. Ask your guests to come dressed in floral shirts and bright colours. Extend a typical, sunny Pacific-island welcome and greet each guest with a bought or home-made tissue flower lei.

Set up your buffet table with a platter of exotic fruit skewers and vegetable crudités and dips, with retro pineapple and cheese sticks and colourful glasses and plates. Mix up jugs of cocktails, punches and soft drinks in advance if there’s a large crowd, to save you endless trips to the kitchen as guests arrive. Chill beer and other drinks in a themed cooler.

Tropical Hawaiian Party

Mix up cocktails to suit the theme, such as Pina Coladas, Sea Breezes and Blue Lagoons. Garnish with typical tropical flourish with straws, umbrellas and fruit! For younger partygoers, a mix of fruit juices will make for a great soft punch, with a drop of grenadine in the bottom of each glass for an added ‘sunrise’ effect.

Tropical Hawaiian Party Food

If the sun’s out, light the barbeque and deck the patio out with colourful tiki torches, lanterns, garlands and pompoms. Hot dogs and burgers are a perennial party food favourite; set up a station where people can construct their own toppings with an array of ingredients to choose from. This is not only a fun twist but it will save you extra work. Coconut ice-cream and a large fruit-laden jelly or salad alongside the cake will go down a treat for dessert.

Tropical Hawaiian Party Games

Limbo - Hawaiian party

A Hawaiian party wouldn’t feel right without a limbo competition, so turn up the party music and get everyone involved. Have some other games to hand, depending on whether your party is inside or out. For going home treats, stick to the theme with toys for little ones and a treat or two for grown-ups.

We are getting excited about taking the party outside this summer. Please get in touch and let us know what you have got planned.



  1. Thanks for these great tips! I haven’t been to a Hawaiian party in ages… and I have to admit I do love the limbo! English weather is the only thing that puts me off throwing a Hawaiian party!

  2. Hi Peter,
    Ah, the Great British Weather! Always unpredictable. No reason you can’t throw one inside instead!

  3. Some great ideas here, thank you! I think these parties are a fab idea, they really get you in the summery mood 🙂 organising one for feb, cannot wait! inflatables, leis and palm tree at the ready!

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