luau birthday party ideas
Last weekend was my daughter’s 5th birthday party and I had so much fun planning her tropical luau! She had 11 friends over to celebrate and luckily the weather cooperated allowing us to have the party outside in our backyard. Below you’ll find all the details that went into this party.

luau party invitation - luau birthday invite
INVITATIONS: To set the mood for the party I wanted the invitations to be really fun and bright and of course they had to have pink! They feature bright and bold watercolour hibiscus flowers and graphic botanical leaves in various shades of teal. You can purchase them here, as a printable digital file. Such a great way to invite guests to your party!

sea turtle cupcakes - luau party cupcake wrappers
CUPCAKES: I originally designed the cupcake wrappers with matching floral toppers however my daughter saw some sea turtle cupcakes on Pinterest and that was all she wanted. I had made the same ones for her when she turned two, but of course she doesn’t remember them. So I made them once again. Luckily they are really easy to make and the cupcake wrappers I had designed were a nice finishing touch (get them here). I like serving them on graham cracker crumbs to look like they’re on sand. Follow this link to see how to make them. I found that using a toothpick to attach the head helped to keep it from drooping/falling down.

luau party DIY flower straws - luau party food and drink
FOOD AND DRINK: Fruit skewers are a fun way to serve up something healthy for the kids. I did however make them a little less healthy by adding some tropical candies!  For the drinks I figured lemonade was an easy and popular choice. I had seen some fun flower straws on Pinterest made from muffin liners (see here) however I wasn’t happy with the result. They didn’t exactly turn out like the photos. I had bought some extra tropical looking flowers from the dollar store and when I took them apart they were perfect for the straws. All I had to do was take them apart, punch a larger hole in the center (using a standard hole punch) and place them on a matching paper straw. The girls loved them and to make them even more festive we added paper umbrellas as well.

luau party decorations
DECORATIONS: I had a lot of fun setting up this display table and it was actually quite simple. I used 3 white foam core boards for the backdrop and taped them together with white duct tape. Then I cut out tropical leaves using the templates found here and here. For the flower I used the one I drew for the invitations which you can download for free at the end of this post. The Aloha banner and welcome sign can be purchased here and is strung together with white embroidery floss. Grass skirts were an easy way to dress up the table and tall vases with seashells were something I already had that helped to complete the look.

luau party favours
PARTY FAVOURS: Along with the leis and grass skirts we gave to each kid during the party they also got to take home a treat bag. I used bright pink paper bags from the dollar store and designed some matching thank you tags. Each bag included a floral hair clip, tropical fruit candies and a tropical flavoured lip balm. Check out the end of this post for some free party favour printables!

DIY tropical luau party hair clips with free printable
FLORAL HAIR CLIPS: As part of their treat bag I wanted to give the girls a pretty tropical flower for their hair. These hair clips were really quick and easy to make. First you need to gather all of your supplies. You will need a glue gun, wire cutters, scissors, a heat sealing tool, alligator clips, grosgrain ribbon and artificial flowers.

Here is a link to a good video tutorial on how to line hair clips. I chose to use pink ribbon for the pink flowers and a green ribbon for the yellow. After you line your clips it’s easy to attach the flowers. I found some really nice, bright pink and yellow orchids at the dollar store. Each stem had about 8 flowers on it. Use wire cutters to cut off each flower so it will lay as flat as possible (without coming apart). Then put hot glue on the lined clip and attach the flower by pressing tightly for a few seconds and it’s done!

After I finished the hair clips I designed a thank you card to attach them to. They made a really sweet favour for our little guests! To download free printable thank you tags and hair clip tags just subscribe to my site below and enjoy! Please keep in mind that these are only for your own personal use. If you’d like to see options for the whole party package please shop here!

For more great party ideas check out my Tropical Luau Party board on Pinterest!

Happy Party Planning!


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