Last time, I brought you the adult side of my Aloha To Summer Party
(if you missed it, you must go check it out!) and today, it's all about the kids. There are lots of great DIYs and free printables I found all over the place, so you can easily recreate the look yourself!
This clever idea from Parents
made the perfect centerpiece! Create your own tiki hut using a paper parasol umbrella and grass skirts. FYI...their directions said they taped the skirts on. I couldn't get tape to work so I hot-glued mine on instead. Do only if you are willing to not use the parasol for other party purposes.
I've always loved these crab plates and couldn't wait for the chance to finally make them! I modified the legs and pincers from Martha Stewart's download
. My plates are dessert sized but you can make them out of dinner sized plates too.
Remember these totems from my Tuesday Tutorial sneak peek
? Have younger guests make one and set them at their place setting...now they will remember their seat.
Plastic cocktail glasses aren't just for the big folks...kids love feeling all grown-up drinking out of fancy glasses. Tuck in a fun paper napkin like these I found at Hobby Lobby and you're set.
Every luau needs a pig roast! I purchased my candy mold from my local candy store but you can find the same one at Amazon.com
. Yes, that is brown sugar...although I bought raw sugar which looks 'sandier'. For the life of me, I can't find where I stashed it, so I ended up using regular brown sugar.
All the place cards are free Backyard Luau printables from Phyllis Hoffman Celebrate
These fun tiki printables
are a freebie from from Bird's Party.
Sorry, my pineapple bowls are a score many years ago from Dollar Tree, although you can still find the flowers there. A nice mix of sweets and healthy foods are a must or you will have kids bouncing off the walls. That doesn't mean you can't make them fun! I love to rename food...'Shark Teeth' are more interesting to eat than 'cheese'.
I hope my two tables have inspired you to create your own luau extravaganza! Check out Party City's extensive luau party section
for more decorating tips and ideas, from tropical cocktail recipes to a clever photo booth idea. Right now, lots of items are on clearance and for a limited time, there is free shipping on all orders! And my military peeps, did you know about their 10% discount card for in-store purchases? Next time you go in, pick one up.