The bright colors, exotic flowers, Hawaiian music and authentic food draw everyone into a luau party. Between the food and the decorations, the parties are also fairly expensive. By simply cutting back on some of your ideas, it's possible to throw a budget-friendly luau. Cheap luau party ideas cover the basic things you need for a successful party.
Make Your Own Luau Decorations
Luaus incorporate tropical flowers and bright colors in their design. Achieve the same look with cheaper or inexpensive decorations. Purchase silk flowers in bright colors and remove the flowers from the stems. Run a piece of string through the flowers, alternating with large plastic beads. Hang the finished leis around the party for extra color. Make your own centerpieces by pouring sand onto the table and decorating with small seashells. Buy cheap bamboo mats and lay those on the ground, to create your dance floor. Faux palm leaves also work with the luau theme and are fairly inexpensive. If you're really looking to save money on your luau party, check party stores at the end of summer or beginning of fall. The stores often mark down summer party items, including luau decorations.
Gifts for Guests
Craft individual gifts for your luau party guests. Purchase cheap wood or cardboard picture frames. Paint the frames in a bright color, such as red or orange and attach silk flowers on the corners. Gift each guest with their own frame by setting one on each seat. Green crepe paper provides a simple way to make grass skirts, especially for younger kids. Cut the crepe paper into long strips and cut lengths of twine, for the top of the skirt. Wrap the edges of the crepe paper over the top and glue in place.
Inexpensive Food Offerings
Use an old ring mold or cake pan to make a fruity ice sculpture for your party. Fill the pan half-full and freeze until solid. Pour a small amount of water on top and lay cut fruit on top of the ice, including strawberries, pineapple and citrus fruit. Freeze again, until the fruit doesn't move. Top with more water and freeze overnight. Place the finished mold in the center of your punch bowl and pour fruit punch right over the top. Make fruit skewers from any of the leftover fruit, by arranging the pieces on cheap wood skewers.