Tuesday, June 22, 2010


We've got another birthday party request today on YOU TAKEOVER TUESDAY and this one comes from Jenn who's looking for ideas for a luau she's throwing for her twins' second birthday. Here you go, Jenn.

I think a luau is a great theme for any summer party but it's especially fun for kids' birthdays because it works for girls, boys or a combination of both!  Here are some products, products and fun finds that I think will make any Ho`olaule`a (that's celebration in Hawaiian) fabulous.

1.  Luau Cupcake Picks - At just $2.99 for the set, these toppers are great for sprucing up store bought or homemade confections. {Available on Amazon}

2.  Girls Hawaiian Dress - Made in Kauai, this is the real deal! {From Hula Moon}

3.  Hibiscus Cups - You get 50 for $5! {From Oriental Trading}

4.  Hawaiian Luau Printable Invitation - Work with the designers to customize the text, colors, fonts and more and then print as many as you want from the digital file.  {From Anders Ruff & you can win one here!}

#1.  Boys Hibiscus Print Shirt - Also available in blue, buy yours this week when Old Navy has their 30% off everything sale in their stores from 6/24-6/27! {Find it here at Old Navy}

#2.  Fruit Skewers - The perfect warm weather treat for kids and adults alike.

#3.  Pineapple Upside Down Cake - A simple and delicious dessert that looks as good as it tastes. {Get the recipe at Cookie Mag}

#4.  Grass Skirts - Not only can your guests wear them to get into the party mood, but they also make great favors that can be used for playing dress up later. {Available at Oriental Trading}

#5. Dessert Island Cupcakes - Sure, they'll be yummy to eat but they'd also make great table decor. {Find out how to make them at Family Fun}

#6.  Flower and Fish Napkins - An easy and inexpensive way to dress up your table. {Martha Stewart has the how to}

#7.  Gelatin Fish Bowl Centerpieces - Another fun table decoration idea. {Learn how to make one at Martha Stewart}

#8.  Shark Cupcakes - These are flavored with coconut for an island feel! {Kara's Party Ideas has the recipe}

#1.  Pineapple Palm Trees - When I think of luaus, I think of palm trees and pineapples.  This DIY decor idea uses one to make the other!

#2.  Hibiscus Hairclips - Just $4 per dozen, you can give these as favors or use them to decorate.  They'd look adorable as napkin rings. {From Oriental Trading}

#3.  Coconut Cups - Guests can drink smoothies and other fun drinks from them during the party and then take them home as favors. {From Shindigz}

#4.  Tiki Table Topper - For $40, you can add this to any old table and turn it into your own Tiki Hut! {From Shindigz}

#5.  Hawaiian Beach Cake - This cake is sure to make a big splash at your bash! {Get the instructions at Family Fun}

#6.  Tiki Cookies - Give them as favors, serve them on a dessert table or use them to decorate your cake. {From Lori's Place}

#7.  Flip Flop Snacks - The cutest party food ever! {Get the recipe at Snack Picks}

#8.  Neon Leis - What's a luau without leis?  {12 for $4 at Oriental Trading}

#1.  Vintage Hand Craved Tiki Statue - At a foot tall, this guy would be the perfect piece for any luau! {Just $10 from House of Buzz}

#2.  Limbo - A fun activity for party goers of all ages.

#3.  Make Your Own Paper Flowers - This kit can be used to create decorations or for party guests to do as a craft during the festivities. {From Alex Toys}

#4.  Balloon Flower Garland - Such a pretty way to decorate your party space. {Martha Stewart has the tutorial}

#5.  Printable Photo Mat - You can use this digital file in so many ways: print out pictures of the birthday boy or girl to display around the bash, send them out as thank yous with pictures of the guests, type up the party menu, the list goes on and on. {Just $3 from The Celebration Shoppe}

#6.  Make Your Own Surfboard Favor Bags -  A cost effective and cute way to package party favors. {Get the tutorial at The Party Animal}

#7.  3D Fondant Seashells and Starfish - Lay these on a bed of brown sugar and your cake or cupcakes will go from boring to beachy in no time! {from Two Sugar Babies}

#8.  Personalized Surfboard Cookies - Make surfboard cookies (or palm trees like you see in the photo mat picture) and personalize them for each party guest.  I love how these are displayed in a pail filled with "sand" aka brown sugar.  {Palm Tree & Surfboard cookie cutters available at The Celebration Shoppe for $2 each}

Jenn, I hope my round up of all things luau will help inspire you and I hope you'll share some pictures of your party once it's over.  Pomaika`i! {That's Good luck in Hawaiian}

Party planners, have I got good news for you!  From now through June 30th, use code WCE9400 to get 15% off all orders over $49 at Oriental Trading.  No matter what your theme, they've got something for you.  Happy shopping!

Images: Amazon, Hula Moon, Oriental Trading, Anders Ruff, Old Navy, Cookie Mag, Family Fun, Martha Stewart, Kara's Party Ideas, Shindigz, Lori's Place, Snack Picks, House of Buzz, Alex Toys, The Celebration ShoppeTwo Sugar Babies
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  3. I LOVE these ideas!!!!!!!!! You really have outdone yourself! I'll be ordering about 15 of these ideas :D


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