Earlier this month, I threw my daughter (per her request) a Luau-themed birthday party. As I mentioned before, her birthday falls right after Christmas. I was in between projects (aren't I always?) and was on a strict budget. Last year's Over-the-Top Marie Antoinette Masquerade Ball party we had for our little princess was definitely a party to remember. My goal was not to top the glam, but to make it just as fun. Luau is to Marie Antoinette as Apples is to Oranges. There is no comparison.
The first order of business I had to tackle besides clearing out all signs of Christmas in my house was the menu:
(2 flavors for those picky little 3rd graders)
Chips and Dip
Pre-cooked, just throw-in-the-oven Ham
Quick and Easy!
|You can buy this cupcake holder at Target for $19.99|
|Coconut cups from Oriental Trading. Pineapple Straws from Everything a Dollar (entire pack of 20 was $1.00)|
|I found this seashell shaped chip and dip tray from the DI for $3.00|
|All decor is from Oriental Trading and Everything a Dollar. I found all party favors including the buckets from Everything a Dollar. I purchased grass skirts for all the guests from Dilly Dally's for $4.00 a piece.|
|Smiles required section|
|She's getting so big!|
|Do you see the little surfer dude we added?|
|Happy Birthday to You!!|
|Lil Miss Smitten and her cousin|
After taking pictures with each of her guests, we took group pictures. This picture was what they had most fun with. I wonder why... hmmm..
It's game time!
|A luau wouldn't be a luau without Limbo!|
|Freeze dance is a no-fail at any party|
|Conga Line Dancing|
One indicator that all the girls had a fantastic time was hearing when their parents came to pick them up: "Can I stay just a little bit longer? Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease?"
Luau Party = Success