Ladies’ Luau Brunch

Hi strangers. As always, my apologies for the lack of posts. I’ve been on three trips away from home in the last couple months, and have greatly enjoyed my time exploring different cities while up and away from my computer. This made my blogging take a hit – I haven’t posted since my anniversary in early June. Yikes.

While I did miss blogging, I have been making the most of my summer. I love all the things that warm weather brings – beaches, swimming, outdoor parties, patio dinners, and my annual ladies’ luau!

If you’ve been a reader of mine for a while, you know I’ve been having a luau with my dearest friends for years – since we all graduated college to be exact. I really have fun with planning this party since it’s always a laid back affair. I always enjoy trying out new food recipes, different decorations, and fun summer-y drinks!

This year, I focused on a pineapple theme in both the decor and the food. And yes, I went crazy. I’m not a designer, so I can’t create custom made printables for my party. But, I’m a really good Pinterester.

I found this printable banner and used it to make the garland above my drink table, using dowels and twine to secure it. I found those pineapple cocktail napkins at Homegoods, and the 3D straws were a surprise find at the Dollar Tree.

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The same designer of the banner made matching ice cream cone wrappers, which I used to wrap the plastic silverware and placed them on a mix of yellow and green plates (from Dollar Tree) on top of a pineapple tablecloth I found at Homegoods on the same shopping trip as when I found the cocktail napkins.Last year, a friend gave me the pineapple tumblers you can see just peeking in at the top of the photo as a hostess gift for that luau – so glad to be able to put them to good use this year!

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I decked out the food table too with some Hawaiian looking blooms from Trader Joe’s in vases with this pineapple watercolor printable to dress them up, and the same banner as from my drink cart to add some color to the wall behind the food.

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I had fun planning the food this year since I went with a brunch instead of an early dinner, as I usually do. To keep the atmosphere feeling casual, I tried to stick to more bite sized options, so guests wouldn’t be tied to the table with their plates. And yes, pretty much everything I made had pineapple in it – Hawaiian meatballs, Ham and pineapple flatbread, yogurt brulee with pineapple compote, a pineapple bundt cake, and donuts.

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OK, there was no pineapple in the donuts, but the toppers made them appear pineapple-like.

Finally, I handed out mini pineapple favors to each guest as she left. I always like to give out a little something at the end of a party – it’s such a fun touch. I wanted to stay with the luau/tropical theme, so I bought Starburst movie boxes and wrapped them up to look like pineapples, using bright yellow paper as wrapping paper and green paper to create the top, leafy part of the pineapple. Unfortunately, I never snapped a photo of them before they left with my guests.

This may have been the best luau yet!

Thanks for sticking with me guys. I’m hoping that I’m back to regular posting again.

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