Looking for Hawaiian party theme ideas? Follow these simple tips to hosting an elegant luau party friends and family won’t forget.

Whether you are hosting a casual get-together, summer or birthday party, hosting a tropical Hawaiian luau is a super fun way to celebrate. There are many ways to throw one but to me, the best parties are the ones that are easy to pull together.

So my best advice is to keep things as simple as possible with Hawaiian party theme decor, menu, and activity ideas. Today, we are hosting an elegant Hawaiian party with friends in the potager garden as part of my monthly virtual supper club where my friends and I are sharing luau party ideas. But you can see the food for luau ideas here.

Wait until you see how easy it is to host a Hawaiian party theme! Mahalo!

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About Luaus

Have you ever been to one before? They are so much fun! A luau is a Hawaiian party or feast that is accompanied by some form of entertainment like hula and fire dancers.

We’ve been to Hawaii twice and enjoyed the most beautiful luau dinner parties. My in-laws live there, so it is a wonderful place to visit and hang with family.

We’ve traveled to Hawaii a few times but haven’t been there in several years. So it’s always fun to bring a taste of the islands to a dinner party here at home.

How to Host an Elegant Hawaiian Party Theme

Luaus are so much fun with lots of activity, beautiful decor, and a delicious feast with incredible entertainment.

As an aside, If you have the opportunity to visit the beautiful island of Oahu, you have to go to Germaine’s Luau. It is AMAZING! Book early if you want to experience an authentic Hawaiian luau.

While we can’t all be in Hawaii with an authentic luau, we can easily create our own at home with these tips.

hawaiian party theme dinner table with vintage amber wine goblets, lead crystal glasses, lenox, pineapples, flowers, cutlery pouches, and candles in the potager garden on a green boho tablecloth

Send Physical Invitations If Possible

I realize it’s EASIER to use an app like Evite to send to guests electronically, but there’s just something about receiving that invitation in the mail.

Especially in today’s digital world, it will FEEL more special if you send a physical invitation instead of using Evite only.

And I know that’s not always practical or possible, but if you can and have the time, it will set the tone of the party. Design invitations that feature tropical elements such as palm trees, vibrant flowers, or colorful cocktails.

Oh and you get extra points if you make DIY invitations for your Hawaiian party theme too!

close up of hawaiian party theme centerpiece idea for dining table with pineapples, fuschia pink roses, sunflowers, snapdragons, halved oranges, lemons, limes and votive candles on a light green boho tablecloth in the potager garden

Choose Hawaiian Party Theme Table Decor

Selecting luau party decorations may look different to each host. From grass skirts to large green leaves, shells, bright pretty flowers, and pineapples, there are lots of options to decorate a table for a Hawaiian party theme.

Choose the decorations that speak to you. But here are a few ideas to try:

  • Color Palette: Choose a color palette that embodies the tropical theme. Opt for bold and vibrant colors like turquoise, coral, lime green, and sunny yellow.
  • Floral Arrangements: Adorn your space with tropical flowers like orchids, hibiscus, and bird of paradise. Arrange them in vases or create beautiful floral centerpieces for tables. Consider scattering flower petals on the tables or using tropical leaves as decorative accents.
  • Beach-inspired Elements: Incorporate beach-inspired elements like seashells, starfish, or driftwood into your decor. Use them as table centerpieces, place card holders, or as part of a decorative vignette.
  • Tiki Torches and Lanterns: Illuminate your outdoor space with tiki torches or lanterns to create a warm and inviting glow.
  • Table Settings: Set your tables with tropical-themed tablecloths or colorful linens. Use bamboo or palm leaf plates, tropical-printed napkins, and vibrant glassware to complete the look.

With my garden style vibe and rustic glam approach to decorating, I’m skipping the grass skirt for a table that’s a bit more elegant with lots of bright, beautiful colors.

close up of pineapple centerpiece idea for the dining table for hawaiian dinner party theme with fuschia pink roses, candles oranges, limes, lemons and fuschia pink linen napkins

Make a Beautiful Centerpiece for the Dining Table

Every table needs a gorgeous centerpiece to dress it up.

Use what you have and create a centerpiece that will wow guests using greenery, flowers, and other organic seasonal elements.

Centerpieces can be super simple and basic with a vessel and some flowers. Or you can be a bit more creative with a centerpiece design.

view of centerpiece for hawaiian party theme dinner table with lenox dinnerware, pink fuschia napkins pineapple tops, vintage amber wine goblets pink roses candles, lemons, limes, oranges on light green bohemian table cloth

Whatever you choose to work with, consider the things that remind you of Hawaii and decorate with those.

Since we don’t all live in Hawaii or similar climates, seek elements that are readily available to you but lend a tropical feel.

You can even load your houseplants out and around the dining area.

For my Hawaiian party theme, I made a beautiful centerpiece using pineapples as the vessel, cored, and filled with fresh flowers from the market, as well as my garden.

But the best part?

I was able to use the pineapple that I cored out for this dump cake pineapple recipe that is to die for!

And let me tell you how amazing it smells. Between the pineapple and the roses, I’m not sure which one is better but it smells incredible out here!

In addition to the pineapple centerpieces, I tucked in some beautiful snapdragons and helianthus ‘sunbelievable’ in mason jars to create more floral interest.

close up of centerpiece for hawaiian party theme dining table with pineapples, fuschia pink roses, candles, sunflowers, snapdragons, votives, taper candles, sliced oranges, limes, lemons on a light green bohemian table cloth in the potager garden

Include Organic Elements in the Table Decor Design

In addition to flowers and greenery, consider adding fresh fruits and vegetables to make the table feel more bountiful. They brighten up the table while adding more texture, interest, and character.

And the best part?

You can use what you have on hand. Open the refrigerator, harvest from the vegetable garden, or pull out some seasonal items. And it doesn’t matter whether you use fresh or faux organic elements either.

Just be sure it looks real and authentic.

hawaiian party theme dinner table decorated with light green bohemian table cloth, fuschia pink napkins, lenox dinnerware, tapered candles, votives, pineapple centerpieces with fuschia pink roses, sunflowers, snapdragons, sliced fruit with an arbor covered in lonicera in the potager garden

Decorate the Luau Party Table with Cozy Layers

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, always decorate a table in layers. Whether you use a tablecloth, table runner, or lots of pretty dinner table accessories, layer it up!

For this tropical luau party tablescape idea, I started with this gorgeous lightweight green bohemian tablecloth with pretty white fringe detail.

Don’t you love it?

It adds just enough texture with a rustic glam vibe.

close up of table setting idea for hawaiian luau party theme with lenox dinnerware, cuterly pouches with ribbon, pineapple tops, fuschia pink linen napkins on light green boho tablecloth with lots of flowers including roses, sunflowers and snapdragons.

Add Beautiful Dinnerware

To make this table feel more elegant, I used my wedding Lenox, layering my dinner and salad plates with a gorgeous bright fuschia pink linen napkin in between.

If you have vintage dishes or beautiful hand-me-downs, break them out! Just because it’s a summer dinner party doesn’t mean you can’t use the good stuff. Life’s too short…don’t keep your special dinnerware tucked away. Use it!

Table decor does not need to be matchy-matchy either. To create more visual interest, I used these vintage amber wine goblets with my grandmother’s crystal water glasses.

And finally, I organized my gold flatware in these adorable cutlery pouches with pretty ribbon.

close up of mason jar filled with helianthus 'sunbelievable', snapdragons and zinnias, with tapered candels, sliced oranges, lemons, limes and pear in potager garden with green garden fence in background

Think Outside the Box

And to add a bit of whimsy, texture, and dimension to the table, I added pineapple tops. Doesn’t that look so cool? We aren’t planning to use the salad plates for a salad, so the pineapple tops are on the smaller plates to keep the juice off of the dinner plates.

Add Mood Lighting

No table is complete without some cozy mood lighting. Add lots of pretty tapered candles and votives to create a warm and cozy atmosphere at the dinner table. And if you can add string lights, do it!

view of the potager garden dining table that is decorated for a hawaiian party theme on a farmhouse table on an outdoor area rug with wicker chairs and white cushions

Play Luau Party Music, Get Up, and Dance!

OK so maybe not everyone will feel like dancing, but set the mood with some festive luau music. Prepare to host a limbo with a large pole.

And if you want to do something really fun that might require a bit more preparation? Hire a dance teacher to drop by and teach the hula! How fun would that be?

Here are a few more ideas to set the tone of your tropical theme party.

  • Color Palette: Choose a color palette that embodies the tropical theme. Opt for bold and vibrant colors like turquoise, coral, lime green, and sunny yellow.
  • Floral Arrangements: Adorn your space with tropical flowers like orchids, hibiscus, and bird of paradise. Arrange them in vases or create beautiful floral centerpieces for tables. Consider scattering flower petals on the tables or using tropical leaves as decorative accents.
  • Beach-inspired Elements: Incorporate beach-inspired elements like seashells, starfish, or driftwood into your decor. Use them as table centerpieces, place card holders, or as part of a decorative vignette.
  • Tiki Torches and Lanterns: Illuminate your outdoor space with tiki torches or lanterns to create a warm and inviting glow.
  • Table Settings: Set your tables with tropical-themed tablecloths or colorful linens. Use bamboo or palm leaf plates, tropical-printed napkins, and vibrant glassware to complete the look.
close up of table setting idea for Hawaiian party theme with lenox dinnerware, pink fuschia linen napkin, pineapple top, vintage amber wine glass and flowers in background on a light green bohemian tablecloth

Tropical Themed Cocktails and Refreshments

No tropical cocktail party is complete without delicious food and refreshing drinks. Here are some ideas to get the juices flowing.

  • Signature Tropical Cocktails: Craft a menu of signature tropical cocktails that feature flavors like coconut, pineapple, passion fruit, or mango. Classic options such as Piña Coladas, Mai Tais, Mojitos, or Blue Hawaiian are always crowd-pleasers. Serve them in colorful glasses or garnish them with tropical fruit skewers and paper umbrellas.
  • Mocktails: Offer non-alcoholic mocktails for guests who prefer not to consume alcohol. Create fruity concoctions like virgin Piña Coladas, mango mocktails, or a refreshing tropical punch.
  • Fresh Fruit Displays: Create eye-catching fruit displays with an assortment of tropical fruits like pineapples, coconuts, papayas, and watermelons.
  • Tropical-Inspired Cuisine: Complement your drinks with a menu featuring tropical-inspired cuisine.
  • Island-Inspired Appetizers: Serve a variety of island-inspired appetizers like coconut shrimp skewers, Jamaican jerk chicken bites, or pineapple and ham sliders.
  • Seafood Delights: Incorporate fresh seafood options into your menu, such as grilled shrimp skewers, ceviche, or small coconut-crusted fish tacos.
  • Tropical Salads: Prepare refreshing and colorful salads using tropical ingredients like mango, papaya, avocado, or star fruit. Toss them with a citrusy dressing for a burst of tropical flavors.
  • Barbecue Fare: Consider grilling up some marinated meats like jerk chicken or pineapple-glazed pork ribs. The smoky and tangy flavors will transport your guests to a tropical island feast.
  • Tropical Desserts: End the evening with delightful tropical desserts such as coconut macaroons, pineapple upside-down cake, or mango sorbet.
Hawaiian party theme dining table idea with pineapples, roses, lenox dinnerware, vintage amber wine glasses sunflowers, snapdragons, candles on light green boho tablecloth in the potager garden

Interactive Activities for a Tropical Luau Party

Engage your guests with interactive activities that embrace the tropical theme:

  • Limbo Competition: Set up a limbo stick and encourage guests to participate in a friendly limbo competition. Play some lively music to get everyone moving and grooving.
  • Hawaiian Hula Lessons: Arrange for a hula dance instructor to teach your guests a few basic hula moves. It’s a fun and interactive way to immerse everyone in the tropical spirit.
  • Tropical Photo Booth: Create a photo booth area with props such as Hawaiian leis, oversized sunglasses, straw hats, and inflatable palm trees. Provide a camera or set up a selfie station where guests can capture fun memories of the party.
  • Tropical Trivia: Prepare a tropical-themed trivia game with questions about famous tropical destinations, exotic fruits, and cultural facts. Award small prizes for the winners to keep the competition lively.
hawaiian party theme dinner table with gold flatware in cutlery pouches, lenox dinnerware, fuschia linen napkins, pineapple tops, vintage amber wine goblet, crystal water goblet, with fresh flowers in pinapple centerpiece, sunflowers and snapdragons in mason jars on a light green bohemian tablecloth

Farewell Favors

Send your guests off with a small token of appreciation that reflects the tropical theme:

  • Customized Coconuts: Provide each guest with a personalized coconut as a party favor. Paint their names or initials on the coconut shells for a unique and memorable souvenir.
  • Tropical Treat Bags: Create goody bags filled with tropical treats like mini bottles of flavored rum, tropical-flavored candies, or personalized tropical-themed cookies.
  • Tropical Plants: Offer small potted plants such as mini palm trees, orchids, or succulents as party favors. Attach a personalized tag with a heartfelt thank-you message.

By incorporating these ideas, you can create a tropical paradise for your summer cocktail party. Your guests will be delighted by the immersive experience and the lively atmosphere. So put on your favorite Hawaiian shirt, grab a tropical drink!

close up of votive candles lit for hawaiian party theme with pineapple centerpiece filled with fuschia pink roses surrounded by sunflowers, snapdragons, halved fruit including lemons, limes, oranges on a light green bohemian tablecloth

More About Hawaiian Party Themes

Thanks so much for dropping by my luau party! I hope you found a lot of great inspiration from the celebration. Mahalo!


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More Hawaiian Luau Party Ideas

One of the best parts about our supper club is the different perspectives we all have on decorating a table for that particular theme. And this Hawaiian party theme has some beautiful ones. Wait until you see the different luau party inspiration!

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20 Comments

  1. Stacy,
    Your table is just fabulous! My favorite of all your great tablescapes. I loved the pineapple tops on the plates and of course the fruit and floral centerpiece.Great job.

    1. Thank you Rachel – This one is definitely my favorite too. I thought it was Easter but I think it’s this one! xoxo

  2. As always your floral arrangements are beautiful! And I love the pineapple tops on each plate. So cute and creative!

  3. This has to be my favorite table that you have done!! I just need a little Don Ho “Tiny Bubbles” playing in the background…

  4. Ok this one may just be my favorite tablescape you’ve done! Absolutely gorgeous from the colorful flowers to the pineapples to the leis over the back of each seat. And all the tips you shared were amazing! Pinned!!

  5. I adore your tablescape! The colors just make me happy.
    Thank you for letting me host with you this month! 🌺🏝🍽

  6. Wow, Stacy. Your centerpiece is absolutely STUNNING! I love every single detail from the flowers and citrus to the pineapple tops at each place setting. Your garden makes the perfect place to host a luau dinner party. Pinned!

  7. Wow! I absolutely love your Hawaiian themed tablescape, Stacy! Every single detail is so beautiful and the pineapple crowns are the perfect plate embellishments. This table suits my style perfectly – a little glam & a little rustic. The perfect rustic elegant table setting!

  8. Your luau tablescape is gorgeous Stacy! So bright and beautiful. I love what you do with your pineapples.

  9. Stacy, what a gorgeous table! I love the pineapple flower vases and all the colorful fruits (and napkins). I lived in Hawaii a very long time ago and so appreciate the culture, the people and the access to such delicious food. What a great theme for a dinner party and I will definitely steal some of your ideas. Thanks for sharing.