With the great spring weather we’ve been having, it’s only fitting to enjoy a nice ‘themed’ party with my girlfriends in the comfort of my backyard. I was lucky to be the few that was chosen to throw an outdoor party, compliments of Cost Plus World Market and Foodbuzz . With a nice budget, I was able to purchase a variety of great products at Cost Plus for my Hawaiian luau-themed party, such as unique items to build a colorful table scape and even Hawaiian-flavored alcohol to stock my tiki bar! I had a fun time shopping at Cost Plus to find the different essentials I needed to complete my party, and was pleasantly surprised at how diverse the store is in having everything you can possibly need for entertaining. They have indoor and outdoor furniture, home decor, kitchen and dining accessories, snacks, alcohol, and more. It was definitely a one-stop shop which made party-planning that much easier! Of course, to make my life even easier, I catered the Hawaiian food so that I can spend more time decorating and less time cooking! If you are planning a party in the near future, be sure to check out the Cost Plus World Market eCatalog here.
I wanted a very colorful table with luau decorations, so I opted to get a Bohemian-style table runner along with floral plates and big green and blue bowls. The bright yellow flowers were from our garden and it just bloomed so timing couldn't have been better!
Since the plates and bowls were already bright and colorful, I wanted to get white napkins to balance out all of the color. Adding a cute umbrella toothpick completed the table setting.
One of my favorite things I bought at Cost Plus is the appetizer spoons! I've always wanted this and I finally got to use it. Each spoon had a little bit of macaroni salad, which is a classic Hawaiian side dish which I thought would be fun to put on a spoon.
Spam musubi is a must-have for any luau! We have made these many times before, but for this party, I had them ordered to save time.
Some of the meats the girls got to munch on: BBQ Chicken, BBQ Short ribs, Kalua Pork and Cabbage, and Chicken Katsu. All of these are delicious comfort food of Hawaiians, so it was nice to enjoy a part of this unique island flare!
What's a luau without a Tiki Bar?! The Kona Longboard beer and Maui Splash wine were both purchased at Cost Plus. I loved how they had this to fit my theme perfectly!
One of my other favorite items I got was this cute mesh food tent so that the flies and bugs don't get into the food since the party was outdoors! I also purchased the Hawaiian Kettle Corn there too, which was a huge hit.
A few of the girls were camera-shy, but I got a picture with Kim from Ravenous Couple and Kathy. Thank you for coming with your cute Hawaiian clothes!
And last but not least, my Shih-Tzu Chester says Aloha!!! He, too, got into the spirit of the luau-theme! What a blast to spend a nice afternoon with my friends. Thanks Cost Plus and Foodbuzz for sponsoring the party!