Decorating Ideas For A Hawaiian Luau Tiki Party
For a festive and interactive party that everyone can enjoy, the Hawaiian Luau or Tiki theme offers a number of easy decorating options. Based upon Polynesian tropical island decor, create a casual and lighthearted mood that will relax and entertain your guests anytime of year.
The Hawaiian Luau theme may also be called a Bali Hai party, Tiki party, or Island party. Luau decorations are also great to have on hand to create an impromptu tropical atmosphere.
Hawaiian Luau Decorating Basics
There are four basic rules we follow to achieve a delicate balance of a fun and engaging party atmosphere that will also convey taste and sophistication:1) Strategic placement:
- Choose locations most guests will eventually visit to place your decorations.
- Arrange accents where guests are likely to "stumble upon" them.
- Plan decorations to be discovered over the duration of the party.
- Key strategic positions include:
Welcome your visitors with a prominent Hawaiian Luau decoration at the designated party entrance. A hanging tiki god statue
on the front door makes an excellent greeting to set a festive tone as each guest arrives. <== BAR & COCKTAILS
Every guest will visit or socialize near the bar, which makes it an ideal location for decorating.
Highlight the fun at the bar with a carved coconut hula girl
wearing a red polka dot bikini top, matching hair ribbon, and a Hawaiian grass skirt. Use a small wood tiki god
for a dash of Polynesian charm. Drape the bar with a colored
, hibiscus-bordered table skirt
Also use a tropical island paradise display featuring a metal palm tree with coconuts and beach chair
. Add depth to the scene with a hanging coconut tiki head
in the background, here we use a hanging plant stake.
For an outdoor party, tiki torches add to the exotic tropical atmosphere. For an indoor Hawaiian Luau, use tiki torches to line the front walk.
Group a variety of tiki gods on the bar for an upbeat display that will grab your guests attention, such as the 10" theme tiki god statue
, 6" tiki god
, and a tiki god placecard holder
Include a "Tiki Bar" sign
coordinated with tiki god beverage napkins
to create a cohesive and entertaining vignette. Finally, scatter silk hibiscus flowers
or sprinkle tropical island themed confetti
on the bar top.
For cocktails, create fruity tropical drinks
and name them for the event or guest of honor. Use pineapple, orange and maraschino cherry garnishes, then serve your cocktails with colorful drink umbrellas
and tiki god beverage napkins
or palm tree & hibiscus napkins
For the bar backdrop, use
a simple bamboo double-window shade rolled down or cut a luau table skirt in half to hang on the wall behind the bar.BATHROOM ==>
Virtually every guest will visit the ba
throom at some point, making
it an excellent showplace for your distinctive decorations. Not only will you have a captive audience, but it keeps your party interesting as guests discover little surprises throughout the evening.
Coordinate your bathroom decorations around a single tropical motif, such as the palm tree or pineapple. Embroidered guest towels featuring palm trees and pineapples
, soaps shaped as pineapples
, palm trees
, along with a decorative metal palm tree votive candle holder
add a touch of elegance to your bathroom.
Sprinkle a few pieces of tropical confetti
and/or silk hibiscus flowers
to keep things festive.<== DINNER PARTY
Create a cheerful Hawaiian Luau dinner setting presentation with a charming pair of coconut characters as your centerpiece, such as this hula girl
. Scatter silk hibiscus flowers
around your centerpiece for splashes of bright color.Metallic palm trees
add to the fun, flanked by a couple of real pineapples. Use brightly colored mango orange taper candles
and monkey salt and pepper shakers
Use dinner napkins in bright solid colors and drape your silk flower leis
on the back of each chair. Then, place a silk hibiscus flower in the center of each charger or dinner plate. Finally, sprinkle tropical confetti
sparingly down the center of the table around your centerpiece.
For a buffet, amaze your guests with your theme display. The food will
soon be forgotten, but your decorations will be remembered for a
Use votive candles in bright colors for additional lighting, if needed. Check out our dinner party guide
for more planning tips.HORS D'OEUVRE TRAYS ==>
Passing hors d'oeuvres on trays not only adds a touch of style and
elegance, but introduces another level of excitement as guests
anticipate the next tray of intricately assembled appetizers.
In addition to wowing the crowd with your detailed bites, this
is the perfect opportunity to introduce another tropical island surprise
to each guest as the tray is passed.
Buy small and sturdy accents as
serving tray centerpieces for your hors d'oeuvre to delight your
guests over the duration of the party. Use the centerpieces as party
area decorations once the appetizer has been served. Some hors d'oeuvre tray centerpiece suggestions include:
We have also included some selected party appetizer recipes under Hawaiian Luau food ideas
.<== WEARABLES & FOCAL POINT
Leis are a must for tradition and festivity, however they also make a key decoration as guests wear them sprinkled throughout the party area.
Make a tasteful floral presentation at the bar by filling a basket with premium silk flower leis
and polished kukui nut leis
. Here we also feature a south sea island coconut warrior
, colorful picket fence candle holders
, and a tiki god cardholder
Or use the silk flower leis
to create a colorful focal point near the entrance to greet your guests. Drape a high table with a Hawaiian Luau grass table skirt
and accent with a real pineapple. Use a mirror as a backdrop to double the abundance of color.SCATTER
Theme-related confetti is an easy way to add subtle details and lift spirits. Spread happy thoughts by scattering confetti sparingly on the bar, in the bathroom, and on the dinner table.
For your Hawaiian Luau, use a mix of cockatoos, pineapples, palm trees and bright colors
to delight your guests. If you are mailing invitations or thank you notes, add just a smidgen of fun and festivity with confetti.
For a more dramatic effect, scatter brightly colored silk hibiscus flowers
in orange, purple, red, green, yellow, and blue, complete with leaves and a plastic yellow pistil. You can never have too many flowers at a Hawaiian Luau tiki party. Use a white background to make these blossoms really stand out.<== PARTY AREA & LIGHTING
Incorporate festive and fun lighting elements to add depth and interest to your theme. Start by eliminating all overhead lights, then find creative Hawaiian luau and tiki related light sources to add warmth and entertainment.
String lights along the deck rail, under the bar, or around a doorway to
make an attractive theme-inspired decoration for a day or night party.
Suitable string light sets for a Hawaiian luau tiki party include:
For dusk to nighttime events, use tiki torches just beyond the party area and along walkways. Use votive candles in frosted holders etched with green bamboo leaves
liberally to add indirect lighting and/or use green votive holders
with a pink
one thrown in here and there.2) Repetition:
Choose colors and/or motifs and repeat them as often as possible to reinforce your theme.
3) Tasteful decorations:
- Select a primary background color, such as dark green.
multiple pastel and/or bright colors on your green background to
symbolize flowers: pink, yellow, orange, purple, blue, spring green and
red. Match the colors in your flower leis for continuity.
- Select a primary motif, such as Tiki gods.
multiple tropical island symbols throughout: hula girls, hibiscus
flowers, pineapples, palm trees, parrots, coconuts, volcanoes.
4) Neutral background:
- Buy quality and understated accents that are thoughtful and clever.
- Seek out the unique and distinctive to make things memorable.
- Avoid gaudy, in-your-face decorations.
- Pass over common and cheap-looking paper and plastic items.
- Neutralize the background when necessary to make your decorations stand out.
competing colors and objects in the party areas that distract from your
- Use natural colors and textures as a background, such as wood, thatch, grass, and bamboo.