Hawaiin Luau Ideas

by Nancy

My husband is turning 60 in Aug and we're having a Hawaiian Luau theme party for him. We're expecting 100-150 people. The other thing is, the party will be about 400 miles north of us. So, the cakes, I will bake and then ice when I get there. One cake, he wants a bikini cake. I'm going to get a sugar print of the shirt he's wearing and use that for the bikini. The other cake, I would love to make a stacked cake with blue fondant and fondant/gum paste sea shells. I would like to make Hula girls to put along the sides and two on top to hold a picture frame with my husband's picture in it. I don't know how to make the gumpaste people or the grass skirts. Any good suggestions? Any other ideas on what to serve at the party would be greatly appreciated. I'm asking family memebers to bring a covered dish and I will supply the meat. The children will have goodie bags and their own little table and their cakes I'm planning on making "cheese burger cakes". Thanks in advance.

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Feb 13, 2009
Hawaiin Luau Party Ideas
by: Michelle (admin)

Hi Nancy,

I've been thinking about your Hawaii theme questions. Here's what I've come up with:

For grass skirts - either use fondant in a cookie extruder (use the plate with the small holes) or make the grass skirts using buttercream and a #234 (large grass tip). Personally I would go with the buttercream but I always take the quickest, easiest route!!

For the hula girls - use really simple modelling techniques (think of each body part as a ball of varying size). I tend to favor a more cartoon approach so this may or may not suit your decorating style. Fill in the details (hair, grass skirts etc) using buttercream. One fun idea I have used several times for Hawaiian themed cakes is to use teddy graham crackers as the hula girls/guys and pipe the details on the the bears with buttercream - they're really cute! Here's a thought - you could put 60 little hula girls on the stacked cake. That would be a fun cake.

Other ideas - why not make hamburger cupcakes for the kids. Less work for you at the party. Top each cupcake with frosting and then add a hamburger made from two Nilla wafers (for the bun), a small peppermint patty (for the meat) and some green fruit leather (for the lettuce). Stick it all together with some buttercream and add a dollop of raspberry jam for the ketchup and you're done!

Food - carrot salad with pineapple and shredded coconut, grilled pineapple skewers or rings, lots of cut up fresh fruit (serve it in hollowed out half pineapple bowls) and fabulous mocktails made with pineapple juice, ginger beer and mint.

I hope you can use some of these ideas. Let me know how it goes.


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