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    HELP ME THROW A LAUI

    Okay all you great crafty ladies. I have asked for your advice in the past and you've always came through. I need some suggestions again. I am having a birthday/ laui party for my husband in July. I need some suggestions on inexpensive decorations, Hawaiian food etc. Also some suggestions for keeping kids entertained outdoors too.

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    What's a laui?

    Hawaiian food...is it anything like a luau?

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    Check out Oriental Trading Company's website. They ahve a ton of decorations, favors, and paper goods w/ a Luau theme. Fun stuff!!

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    I threw a party with a Fijian theme. It matters how much you are willing to spend! I think setting the scene is important - having lit torches and music that gets everyone in the mood. On the invite, I asked everyone to dress up. I wore a bikini, long sarong and a sheer white shirt with flip flops.

    You can greet the women at the door with a lei or a flower for their hair. We chose to use silk flowers. We took apart some of the silk flower branches and ended up with quite a few flowers. You can find quite a bit at Michael's and party supply places.

    This site might help you out. http://www.ehow.com/how_2746_throw-luau.html

    Good Luck!

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    When I think Hawaii, I think of fresh tropical fruits and flowers. You could use a lot of fruit like pineapple and use it as food AND decoration. I also think of pork as being very popular Hawaiian food. Maybe ham and pineapple skewers would be a good main dish.

    Obviously flowers/leis would be good decorations. You could try to make flowers out of brightly colored crepe paper: green crepe paper for the "vines" and then yellows and pinks for the flowers.

    ETA: Check out this thread from craftster

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    This is officially my favorite style of party. I have a luau party almost every summer. Even our wedding reception was tropical themed!

    Tropical Movies:
    Blue Hawaii
    Hawaii Five-0 episodes

    Music:
    Martin Denny
    Les Baxter
    The Ventures
    surf rock, Beach Boys
    ukulele/hawaiian music
    "Ultra-Lounge" series of CDs - espeically mondo exotica or mambo fever

    Oriental Trading Company is great for kitschy luau things:
    Plastic leis are the cheapest & fun
    tiki torches
    candles
    raffia table skirts
    drink parasols
    hula hoops!

    Food/Drink:
    Fruit punch, mai-tais
    fresh fruit, preferably in a bright, fancy spread
    things with pork/ham? (i can't really be helpful in this dept, as I'm veggie!)
    mini eggrolls
    grilled fish

    For the kids:
    water toys
    i think OTC has some luau themed "carnival" sort of games.
    they also have a limbo set you can order if you are feeling really crazy.

    It's best if you can be as over the top as possible. Have everyone dress up, and make sure have lots of bright colors. Have fun!

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    Dollar Stores are also bound to have some things ---

    Although I think you obviously meant luau (loo-wow), I think you should call the party a "Maui Laui." (Mow-ie Low-ie) That just sounds like so much fun!

    I'm really digging all these great suggestions. I think I might throw one, too! (Heck, I've got a couple of b'days in July!)

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    What an idiot am I? Cant even spell my party theme right!
    Anyway, thanks for the suggestions. Im going to pop over to OTC right now. By the way, I am a manager of a dollar store and we do have laua decorations but I think they're pretty cheesy looking so I need to get creative or but elsewhere.

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    Im going to pop over to OTC right now.
    Huh?

    I didn't know they had actual shops!!! I thought it was just a catalog!

    This has been a great idea, and I hope that others keep posting suggestions!

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    My friend sells a lot of tiki stuff. His website is

    www.tikizone.com

    And his party supply store is here

    http://store.yahoo.com/tikizone/

    You can get there from his website.

    Be sure to check out his portfolio (as well as his masks and tikis for sale). I know they are more than you want, but they are really well done.

    http://www.tikizone.com/portfoli1.htm

    Here's his link for throwing a luau.

    http://www.tikizone.com/luautiki.htm

    I hope it helps. And FYI, Nels is a great guy and very honest. Don't be worried buying from him on line. As you can see, people have purchased a lot from him including custom tiki bars.

    Hope it helps.

    m.


 
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