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May 23 2011

Outdoor Luau Party with the Girls

Published by at 3:33 pm under Parties

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!

9 responses so far

9 Responses to “Outdoor Luau Party with the Girls”

  1. Jessieon 23 May 2011 at 3:45 pm

    wow this party looks like so much fun i wish i was invited ha! i want to try that maui splash vino and get some of those fun decorations for my next party – thanks for the fun post and great tip

  2. thefoodaddictson 23 May 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Thanks Jessie! I love themed parties because it’s so much fun and everyone gets into the spirit of the theme! The Maui Splash vino was pretty good and fruity. Good luck on your next party!!

  3. Kung Food Pandaon 24 May 2011 at 1:46 am

    Great looking post Krissy and Daniel! A great looking feast for the lovely ladies :)
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  4. Pamon 24 May 2011 at 3:17 am

    I too love themed parties wish more of my friends did too. I agree they are sooo much fun!

    Thanks for sharing


  5. Cynthiaon 24 May 2011 at 2:31 pm

    Why was I not invited to this party? :)
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  7. Conor @ Hold the Beefon 25 May 2011 at 6:26 am


    Autumn finally arrived here with a vengeance, and it has been cold and dark and depressing. This post is exactly what I need to see right now!
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  8. Lynnon 25 May 2011 at 11:13 am

    Wow, nice pictures, and a great post, thanks!

  9. Melissaon 25 May 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Hi! I am a new reader, stumbled on your blog some how. I am from Northern CA originally but have moved to Ojai, by Ventura. Just getting used to the restaurant/foodie scene. Very cute blog!

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