Themed parties are all the rage these days, specially for children’s parties. We’ve planned lots of themed kids’ parties, but don’t think they’re just for kids. Adult themed parties are just as fun, all the more so if it’s a milestone birthday or event. Last year we hosted a 1950’s themed 80th. Birthday Party for my mom, it was a blast!
In fact we had so much fun planning and hosting that party it inspired us to throw a Hawaiian Luau Themed Birthday Roast for my son-in-law’s 40th. Birthday. I know the Luau theme seemed over done since my daughter had actually thrown him a Hawaiian Luau party for his 35th. birthday; but she decided to add a fun twist. The party was actually a “surprise” roast and toast but had to be disguised as a luau.
Shed, my son-in-law, had such a great time at their last luau themed party that he readily agreed to his party theme. Little did he know what was in store for him!
The first issue we had to over come were the invitations. How to let guests know, many of them were co-workers, to keep the “roast and toast” part a secret. We designed and printed invitations that incorporated the surprise element as well as let guests know how to dress for the party.
Here’s our invitation! It was a flat 5 x 7 card printed on both sides. We reminded guest to keep the surprise a secret on the backside of the invitation. It worked out great.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
For decor we created a poster that showed trivia such as prices, movies, and such from Shed’s birth year. It was lots of fun. We had a large photo printed at Walmart and mounted it on poster board, it was the least expensive way to do it. The poster was framed by silk flower leis to give it that extra Hawaiian touch then displayed on a easel. [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
The most important part of any party is the food. We planned a menu of some “Hawaiian” favorites including a roast pig. This played into the roast them well! We also served fresh fruits, teriyaki chicken, rice, noodles, and pineapple upside down cake for dessert. [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
And of course we need a bar! This Tiki Bar was a great addition. It was handy and decorative. We got the sign from a friend and built a “bar” around it with wood planks.
The string lights lit up the tiki bar when the sun went down giving it that perfect island look. A friend was appointed bar tender. We gave her a list of drink recipes and let her at it. Guests loved it, specially her heavy hand with the booze! [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Now what luau would be complete without hula dancers? My daughter found a local troup of hula dancers nearby, how lucky! They came and entertained the guests, even giving them dance lessons.
As a special treat they helped my daughter with a dance she did for her husband. She’d had years of hula lessons and it all came back to her.
And of course the birthday boy took photos with the dancers! [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
After dinner there was dancing, cigars, and whisky. A DJ was hired to play music and a Cigar & Whiskey bar was set up. [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Here are a few special touches we added to this party. After all it’s the small details that make any event memorable.
Photo booth. Everyone loves to ham it up at photo booths!
We took an old frame and glued cardboard pictures of flowers and tikis on them. We used a white sheet against the fence for a backdrop; added a colorful beach umbrella, and a beach ball. Voila! You got a Hawaiia luau themed photo booth. [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
We designed and printed beer and water labels with “Shed Facts”. They highlighted some of Shed’s quirks and funny events in his life. Guests got a kick out of it![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Personalized cigar bands were a cute touch. These were hand made with my Cricut Explore Air. [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
We designed and printed the guest libs on the computer. Guests filled it out and each one read it out during the roast and toast. [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
A decorated birthday cake completed the menu and decor.
To keep the mosquitoes at bay we filled mason jars with a citronella mixture and floated a candle on it. It doubled as a centerpiece. Click here for instructions!
The party was a huge success. You know that when guests don’t want to go home! We finally had to slowly escort the stragglers to their cars sometime after midnight. Guests who over indulged spent the rest of the night on our couch!
I hope this party inspires you to throw your own Hawaiian Luau themed party! It works great for both adult and children parties, just serve non-alcoholic drinks for the kiddie version. It’s also a great theme for retirement parties, bridal showers, team building parties, grad parties, and any event you want to celebrate!