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Theme Party Ideas - Luau, Tropical, and Hawaiian Party Ideas

Party Resource Guide
Presented by Event & Wedding Planners
Luau PartiesALOHA!  The number one theme is LUAU. You set the stage of your Tropical Party! Your tropical luau can go from sandy to sophisticated as easily as changing the name and the required dress. Each of the sections below have lots of decorations and party items to make your event fun and unique. Use our LUAU IDEAS & TIPS for a recipe to success.


Luau Tableware
Luau Tableware
Table Decorations
Luau Table Decorations
Luau Decorations
Luau Decorations
Luau Props
Luau Props
Luau Favors & Party Items
Luau Favors & Party Items
Inflatable's & Beach Balls
Luau Balloons
Balloons & Balloon Yard Sign
Hula Skirts, Bikini Tops
Hula Skirts & Bikini Tops
Leis & Accessories
Leis & Flower Bracelets
Beach Hats
Beach Hats


Planning A Hawaiian Luau?

The key to pulling off a coordinated event: Evoke your theme throughout the affair. Whether that theme is as general as a season or a feeling, or as specific as a special flower, it should be the subtle thread that ties everything together. Your location, invitations, flowers, menu, cake, and favors should all cleverly reflect one common concept. Then, get as creative as you can!

Location:  Beach, Backyard Pool, Botanical Garden, Cruise ship, Reception Hall, or Ballroom.

Setting the Mood:

Transform your location into a tropical paradise with tropical foliage like: tropical palms, plants, & exotic flowers (Orchids, Hibiscus, Heliconia, Bird of Paradise, Asiatic Lilies).

Float floral arrangements in the pool.

Balloons Palm Tree Make a table top or 7ft palm tree from balloons to accent your party area or use 60" INFLATABLE PALM TREE.

Luau Table Decor 

Remember the tops of the tables provide you with a very large surface area and covering them with a themed table cover or tropical print linen tablecloth is the easiest way to change the look & feel of a room.

Raffia Table Skirts  will add a festive look to any table. Trim with real flower leis or silk flower leis for an elegant look.

Set the table with Luau Tableware or Plastic Shell Plates.

Usage of small trees, such as the 5ft. Banana Tree or a 3ft. plant Heliconia or Bird of Paradise have been very popular as centerpieces for a buffet table or salad bar.

Use colorful Flower Bracelets for a beautiful napkin ring or place a single exotic bloom on top of a solid colored cloth napkin. For a beach bash, tuck a napkin inside of a pair of Sunglasses.

Tropical Centerpiece Ideas:

Centerpieces utilizing real fruits are very popular. A pineapple placed in the center of a real flower lei or silk flower leis with Cocktail Umbrellas stuck into the pineapple is a simple arrangement. Add a coconut next to the pineapple for an additional accent.

Make a 3ft balloon tabletop palm tree to set on a buffet table.

Decorate your serving tables by making a Palm Tress Centerpiece from cucumbers, green peppers, pineapple, citrus fruit wedges, Boston fern & assorted flowers. A lovely addition to any table.

Watermelon Whale Centerpiece

Make a Watermelon Whale or Watermelon Basket & fill with the season's freshest fruit. They are fantastic edible decorations for your food tables.

Candles are also popular centerpiece options: Try Bamboo Torch Candles

Place three or four 2" or 3" high square glass bowls filled with water tinted blue down the length of a banquet table. Place floating candles in the bowls, scatter seashells, sea glass, and sand around the bowls.

For upscale parties, lighted centerpieces are very popular. Try adding LED lights
to glass vases and create fabulous light up centerpieces. 

Some other ideas might include: a tall glass vase lighted from below with an LED light base. Fill vases with Orchids or lemons & limes floating in water. 

Try a tall lighted vase with limes & a tropical floral arrangement or place lighted acrylic boxes on the table and add limes or oranges on top. Submerge Orchids in cylinder vases or tall lighted vase. Available from Fancy Faces

Mini spandex towers with palm leaves on top is an elegant and sophisticated look. Taller 6' or 8' towers can also be used around the room for added decor. Available from Fancy Faces

Light up your Drinks!

Add to the party decor by serving your favorite drinks in LED Palm Tree Margarita Glasses, or Light Up Mugs. These glasses are also a fun way to light up your desserts. Use for fruit cups, shrimp cocktail or an ice cream sundae.

Colorful Neon Hurricane Glasses , Neon Coconut Cups  or Neon Margarita Cups will add a festive flair to your poolside drinks.

Accent your tropical drink with Tropical Flower Straws , Umbrella Straws  or Cocktail Umbrellas  They are also great accent for food platters too.

Tropical Lighting:

Lighting is one of the important elements of any design. For pool parties or informal events tiki torches can be used to line walkways and party areas. Accent other party areas with luau party lights. Party lights also make great accents for tables. 

Gobos can be used to project photo-realistic images (pictures, line drawings, logos) of just about anything (palm trees, parrots) onto walls, ceilings or a stage areas. Imagine parrots in flight illuminating the sky of your event room. Used alone, or in combination with other gobos, stunning results can be achieved. Contact your local lighting company for ideas.

Scene Setters:

Scene Setters Decorations & Luau Props are used to fill in gaps and round out areas. They are the perfect way to convert your party room into a Luau scene. Mix and Match decorations to create a unique party atmosphere.

Wall Murals:

If your budget is low, but your dreams are grand, consider the depth of a giant photo mural. They fill an entire wall, and better yet, they provide guests with the most realistic setting imaginable. When else will your guests have the opportunity to relax beneath a tropical sunset, or soak in the beauty of a island beach in the company of friends. They also make an excellent photo background too.

Tropical Dreams Mural Each Perpetual Paradise Mural Each Ocean Breeze Photo Mural Each
Tropical Dreams Mural Each Perpetual Paradise Mural Each Ocean Breeze Photo Mural Each

Affordable Ambiance! Make your luau theme decorations even more spectacular with easy-to-use and affordable gossamer.  Create festive tropical backdrops or fabulous swags— the options are limitless! Deck out your hall in a forest of tropical green with this green palm leaf gossamer.

Bring Vitality To Your Theme Concept

While decor still reigns supreme when invoking theme, an interactive element brings vitality to your theme concept.

Besides the tropical flowers, native plants and tiki torches to evoke your theme — bring in traditional native dancers to perform at your Hawaiian Event, combine with a hilarious audience participation segment where guests can interact and be part of the event, rather than just spectators. 

When you choose to go with a themed event, it should be a complete commitment. Even your catering should reflect the theme. That might mean supplying action stations that combine food flavor, presentation and decor for a total guest experience. If you're going to do a themed event, it needs to be done legitimately and to completion. It can't be a partial attempt.

Luau Games & Activities:

Luau Games & Activities

Luau Game & Activity Ideas

Tropical Drinks:

Pina Colada:

1 1/4 oz Rum add a splash of Cream of Coconut & Pineapple Juice. Blend with Ice Cream, Sherbet or Yogurt for a frozen delight. Serve in Tropical Cups. Garnish with a cherry or pineapple wedge for a refreshing drink.

Use colorful party tubs filled with ice for keeping drinks cold.

Light Up Your Drinks!


Related Theme Ideas

Beach Party Ideas Caribbean Party
Cruise Ship Party Ideas Nautical Party Ideas
Pirate Party Ideas Summertime Fun
Surfer Party Ideas Tiki Island Party Ideas
Under the Sea Party Ideas Fresh Ideas for Summer Picnics


 Theme Parties N More is a wedding & event planning company located in Cypress, TX. Our party & wedding planners have put this website together to provide our visitors with ideas for planning their events, this includes links to products that can help you to make your event extra special. In accordance with the FTC Guidelines we are disclosing that some of the vendors that we link you to, pay us a commission when you purchase products from them, but some of the vendors do not provide us with any compensation.

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