A Hawaiian theme party is guaranteed to be a fun time, and there are endless ways to make it a creative, memorable event!Here are 26 luau party ideas that will help you celebrate the aloha spirit and bring your tropical theme to life.
Everything You Need For A Hawaiian Theme Party
As one of the post popular (and colorful!) celebration themes, there’s no shortage of Hawaiian luau party ideas to choose from. We’ve narrowed down our top collection of Hawaiian-inspired crafts, recipes, and activities to help you create the perfect ambience for celebration.
Once you’ve gathered your favorites, all that’s left to do is put on some Hawaiian music and have fun with your guests!
Luau Party Invitations
Every party starts with a fun invitation. You can send a cute invitation like these luau inspired invites, or simply send a text. Don't forget to include an RSVP so you know how many guests you can expect.
Luau Party Decorations
Decorate and stack boxes with bright colors to create a colorful tiki totem display. This craft is not only eye-catching, but also so fun to make!
Old or broken umbrella parts can be repurposed with this easy DIY palm tree project! Creating trees with different heights will help to add some dimension to your set up. These palm trees definitely help give tropical vibes to your party.
3. Tiki Bar
Build your own tiki bar table with PVC pipe, cardboard, and hula skirts. This tiki bar area is the perfect place to set out food, serve tropical drinks, or display party favors and other decorations.
4. Tiki Torches
If your gathering is taking place at night, tiki torches are just what you need to light up your venue. Many of these 15 backyard tiki torch ideas can be made from empty containers or glassware.
This gorgeous centerpiece made from fruit and tropical flowers, like hibiscus flowers, will look absolutely stunning on any table. Make this beautiful decoration with a scooped out fresh pineapple, an empty plastic bottle, and your desired selection of tropical flowers.
Colored balloons and palm fronds can be paired together to create a cute centerpiece for your tables. Want to make a centerpiece that resembles a pineapple? Yellow balloons are the way to go!
Luau Party Food
Charcuterie boards are a hit at parties because they offer a variety of items that party guests can snack on. Simply slice up a few different tropical fruits and arrange them with your favorite nuts or chips!
Salty, sweet, and savory flavors complement each other in this easy 4-ingredient recipe. This simple appetizer tastes delicious and can be served cold or hot –– grilled or baked in the oven.
Creamy and sweet, this pineapple dip is an easy appetizer that you can make ahead of time. Mix and chill cream cheese, marshmallow fluff, and crushed pineapple, and finish it off with a sprinkle of shredded coconut on top.
These tender pork Hawaiian bread sliders will practically melt in your mouth. Mango-pineapple slaw will be a great addition to these sliders as the tropical fruits add sweet, tangy flavors to every bite.
Pizza is a tasty and reliable go-to food for parties, and Hawaiian pizza is bound to be a hit at your luau event. Check out this recipe for Hawaiian pizza –– made with a delicious homemade dough!
Tropical rum punch is a popular drink among many luau party guests. This recipe features the flavors of 8 different fruits. Garnish your tropical drinks with fresh fruit, edible flowers, or drink umbrellas!
These pineapple flavored cupcakes have a moist and fluffy texture and taste delicious frosted with coconut buttercream. Top them off with maraschino cherries and drink umbrellas.
Mac salad is a must-have at your Hawaiian theme party. This sweet and tangy macaroni salad recipe has a rich, creamy texture, and the mixed-in veggies give it a beautiful splash of color.
One of our favorite luau party ideas is this adorable pineapple palm tree. It doubles as both a serving tray for fruit and is a stunning centerpiece that will awe your party guests and be the talk of the night.
Mini pineapple upside down cakes are easy to make with the help of boxed cake mix. You’ll love how simple this recipe is, requiring minimal ingredients and only 40 minutes to prep and bake.
Icing, sprinkles, or any of your favorite toppings can be used to transform nutter butter cookies into edible summer flip flops. These bite-sized cookies are ideal for snacking and will make a great addition to any dessert table.
You can easily create your own version of this ring toss with flamingo lawn decorations, large buckets, sand or rocks, and diving rings. This is one of the best simple party games –– great for all ages.
19. Lei Relay Race
Get ready to run! In this relay, teams will compete by transferring flower leis to each other as fast as possible. You’ll need a few hula hoops and plenty of leis.
20. Coconut Bowling
One of the funnest and easiest luau party ideas is coconut bowling! It’s perfect for kids and easy to set up too. Use filled water bottles as your bowling pins and a round coconut as your ball.
The competition will be on in this fun relay race! Teammates must work together to carry a beach ball together, but there’s a catch –– there’s no hands allowed!
22. Limbo Game
See how low your party guests can go under the limbo pole or rope. This is such an easy and fun game. Turn on some music and and start limboing.
Luau Party Favors
23. Grass Skirts And Leis
If you offer hula skirts and leis as guests arrive, they have the option of wearing them right away to match the tropical theme! In Hawaiian culture, leis are a symbol of friendship, honor, love, or celebration. You can even add Hawaiian shirts optional on the invitation for added fun.
24. Candy Pineapples
Tiny chocolate pineapples make adorable party favors, and they’re easy to assemble too! Using hot glue, attach plastic greenery pieces to the tops of Ferrero Rocher chocolates.
25. Candy Skewers
A candy skewer is always a great go-to party favor that will satisfy any sweet tooth. If you use a variety of different colored candies to make these, your skewers will look like a beautiful Hawaiian rainbow.
26. Pineapple Slime
Follow this DIY pineapple-scented slime recipe to create a party favor that will be fun and satisfying to play with. While playing with slime is a great sensory activity for kids, it’s important to note that it is not edible.
Luau Party Supplies
Here are a few helpful party supplies to take your party to the next level:
- Tropical Party Decoration Pack
- Tissue Paper Tropical Flower Garland
- Tropical Plates, Cups, and Napkins
More Fun Party Ideas
Luau Party Ideas
- 1 gallon Blue Hawaiian Berry Blue Typhoon Drink
- 2 liters Lemon Lime Soda like sprite
- 12 ounces Pineapple Juice
- Combine the Blue Hawaiian Punch, Sprite, and Pineapple Juice in a large pitcher or punch bowl.
- Fill cups with ice and pour punch of ice to serve.