With school almost out and spring in full swing, it’s time to celebrate the beautiful weather that draws you and the kids outside. A great family activity – and one that your kids can share with friends too – is to have a luau. It doesn’t have to be expensive. Budget carefully. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to create a touch of paradise at home. Keep the focus on healthy food, backyard decorations and a festive mood.
Part of the fun of a luau is celebrating the Hawaiian culture. Try to keep the menu healthy. Consider items such as ham and pineapple wraps or pinwheel sandwiches, baked fish and fresh tropical fruit. An easy way to serve the fruit is to dress wooden skewers with grapes and chunks of mango, kiwi and pineapple.
The idea is to create a tropical paradise. You can pick up your backyard party supplies at the discount store to stay on budget. Create a Hawaiian mood with luau-themed tableware, inflatable palm trees and parrots, drink umbrellas and tiki-shaped tumbler cups. Hang battery-operated paper lanterns around the perimeter of the party zone for a late-afternoon or evening luau. Use bunches of green and yellow helium balloons with brown curling ribbon anchoring them in bunches to simulate a tropical tree. Don’t forget to hand out grass skirts.
Fun and Games
Coconut Relay Race
Divide the guests up into teams. Holding one palm out flat with a coconut balanced on the center of their palm, each player walks down to a cone, turns around and comes back. This is difficult, especially with children who have small hands and big coconuts. If the coconut falls, the player has to go back to the starting point and begin again. The first team to finish wins the relay race.
Create a start and finish line. Roll a mango on the ground with a spoon. First one to cross the finish line wins. The lopsidedness of the mango makes it interesting.
Anchor a luau garden stake, such as a flamingo, a hula girl or a it to the ground so that it won’t fall over easily. Create a line some distance away. Players take turns tossing leis, trying to ring the character with the lei. You can use a point system, letting guests throw five leis over the parrot. The highest score wins.
Take some time to relax and enjoy your friends, family and good weather. A luau party is fun for any age and every age. It’s also a good excuse to introduce your kids to tropical fruits, which are healthy and pleasantly exotic.
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