8 Year Old Luau

by Heather
(La Grange, IL)

We threw a boy/girl Luau for my 8 year old daughter. She was very impressed.

I bought all the Luau party supplies from Oriental Trading Company Inc.

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We had grass skirts and hawaiian bandanas for the boys. I also had leis, hairclips, and wrist leis for everyone. All of the party decorations, table grass skirts, stuffed parrots, blow up palm trees and Tiki poles were from the Oriental Trading Company. We also had Luau fun music CD's and we brought our own boombox to play them on.

The party was held at the local park district pavillion.

For the invitations we used empty plastic water bottles. We printed up the invites on cool paper with all the party details. We filled the bottles with some sand and small shells and placed the rolled up invite inside. The post office mailed each bottle for about .49 each with an address label on the outside of the bottle.

As the guests arrived we had the music blaring and the B-Day girl was giving everyone their party clothes to put on.

We began with a game of Limbo (which we also bought at orientaltrading.com) and then had a tug-of-war with a giant barge rope I happened to find on a beach in Iowa. You can buy rope at the local Home Depot though. The tug-of-war was a lot of fun for the kids. We had a pinata Parrot and a hula hoop contest to see who could hula the longest. Some of those girls didn't stop for an hour... I bought all of the hula hoops at Oriental Trading Company also.

We served your typical kid lunch food at the party, but the cake was extra special. I had the local bakery make us a Volcano cake that we could put dry ice in. It worked like a charm! What a cool cake that was. The kids got a kick out of that.

For party favors, all the kids got to take home their outfits and hula hoops and any/all candy they collected from the pinata.

This party lasted 3 hours and there was never a dull moment.

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We Did This For My 6 Year Olds Party
by: Anonymous

We did much of what you listed for my son. To give it more of a boy spin, we added a little bit of the surfer side into it as well. Some of the things we did:
1)I also made a large surfboard out of plywood. I traced my ironing board on the wood and then we cut it out with a saw and sanded the edges. I painted it with stripes and a cool design in the middle. The guests all signed the board when they came to the party. My son still has the surfboard on his wall of his bedroom.
2) Plus on each person's lei I made a medallion (laminated circle) with their name on one side and their hawaian name on the other side (found this on the internet).
3) I also placed a coconut in an opaque bag and asked the kids to reach, feel it and guess what it was. The kids kind of freaked out (in a fun way). No one was able to guess it. We also used the coconut for a game of hot potatoe with beach music.

Wow Heather!
by: Wendy

That sounds like an incredible party. I'm sorry I missed it. Your daughter must just adore you. Thank you so much for sharing your great ideas.


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