You don't need a beach within sight to throw a memorable luau. From grass skirts to colorful leis, the luau theme is easy to implement for your child's birthday or a general summer gathering. Putting together a bag of Hawaiian-themed treats for the young party guests rounds out your luau planning.
For a luau-theme container other than the typical paper or plastic bag, try a beach bag or sand bucket for holding all of the goodies. A basket with a bamboo look is another functional favor container for the kids' luau. Personalize the baskets with each child's name using markers or stickers.
The distinct attire at a luau offers inspiration for party favors. Let each young party guest look like a hula dancer by including a grass skirt and lei in the party favor bag. Offer up the party treats at the beginning of the beach bash so the kids get into the luau spirit. Another option for a wearable favor is a pair of custom flip flops for each guest. Buy inexpensive flip flops in bright colors for each child. Hot glue a Hawaiian-style artificial flower where the straps meet between the toes.
Make and Take Projects
Craft projects that kids make at the party can double as favors when they head home. You keep the kids entertained and they get a keepsake. A homemade lei is a simple kids' luau craft. Cut out flowers from paper with a hole punched in the middle and pieces of drinking straw about 1 inch long. The kids alternate the flowers and straw pieces on a string. A decorated picture frame is another option. Let each child decorate a frame cut from cardboard with items such as sand, sea shells, tropical flowers and the grass from hula skirts. Take a photo of each child at the party and print the pictures from your home computer. Each guest goes home with a framed photo to remember the luau.
Themed Toys and Gear
Little toys and gadgets related to luaus and beaches are ideal additions to the gift bag. Beach balls, sunglasses and sunscreen fit the theme and prepare your guests for a day in the sun. Snag cups decorated with hula dancers or tikis. Colored sand craft kits give the guests something to do when they get home. Any small items, such as notepads, pens, yoyos and decks of cards with tropical flowers or beach decorations can round out the gift bag contents.
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