Plan a Hawaiian luau themed reception or banquet to capture the exotic and adventuresome mood of a tropical island paradise. The Hawaiian luau creates a cheerful and relaxed atmosphere with a celebratory tone, while the vacation resort setting encourages an extra friendly interactivity among guests. Dominated by natural and colorful elements, you will find a wide selection of tropical ideas and decorations.
Colors: In addition to the theme, use color to maximize the visual impact and provide continuity throughout the venue. For Hawaiian luau and tropical receptions and banquets, use green as a base color reminiscent of lush foliage and plants. Add accents of red, pink, orange, blue, purple, yellow, and spring green symbolic of exotic colorful flowers.
Motifs: Include motifs and icons representative of tropical islands and Hawaiian culture. Some easily recognizable items include:
Parrots & Cockatoos
Waves, ocean, water
Dining Tables: Banquet and reception dining tables are typically rectangular or round. For round dining tables, create similar or duplicate centerpiece displays for each table. For a rectangular table, you can place a number of theme-related items down the center using a more significant decoration every few chairs. Be sure centerpieces do not obstruct eye contact between guests on opposite sides of the table.
Food: Food service and buffet tables are another way to incorporate fun and unique highlights to your event. Most banquets and receptions offer either hors d'oeuvres passed butler style or an appetizer spread. When passing hors d'oeuvres arrange for Hawaiian island themed centerpieces in some or all of the trays as they are passed, such as the metallic pineapple weight, blue parrot head, and palm tree & pineapple tealight holders.
Ceiling: Decorating the ceiling of your banquet hall or reception area goes a long way in filling the space and making your event unique. Some options to consider are swags of tulle with green and pink mini-lights. Or hang large pieces of fabric in green with smaller pieces or splashes of red, pink, blue, spring green, purple and orange. For a fun and uplifting display, string garlands of flowers from the rafters.
Flowers & Plants: Including the natural element of flowers and plants adds another dimension to your banquet and reception decorations, and you can't go wrong with lots of exotic flowers and lush plants for a tropical island theme. As large centerpieces or small accents, flowers make a beautiful addition of color and freshness to your event decor. Make your floral displays unique with red, green, pink, purple, amber, and blue submersible LED lights that light up the vase holding each arrangement. While strategically placed potted plants give a vast hall a much more comfortable and natural ambiance. Insert real or silk tropical flowers in your potted plants.
Hawaiian Leis & Beads: Not only do Hawaiian leis add to the festive atmosphere, you can also use them for decorations throughout your venue. Adorn your gift, food, and reception tables with these flower wreaths for a colorful display as you use them to welcome each guest.
For an extra dose of fun, also surprise your guests with party beads in red, green, pink, blue, purple, orange, and yellow for a Hawaiian luau or tropical island themed reception or banquet. Use party beads as napkin rings at each place setting or fill a bowl or large martini glass at the bar. Beads make a great party favor and unique decoration that your guests will enjoy throughout the evening.