Transform your backyard into a Hawaiian Island retreat
with a few simple decorations and party props you can make or buy from your neighborhood party goods store. Tiki lights are always in – and a great way to light the pool parameters and give that Island hue to a daylight or evening gathering. Greet guests with colorful leis to set the fun atmosphere and provide grass skirts for those daring to don the authentic attire
Spruce up your poolside. For great landscaping ideas, turn to page 3. Mike Hartnett, B&B’s own Professional Landscape Architect offers some tips.
Instead of a traditional tablecloth, use Hawaiian print sarongs to cover tables and add ferns as runners. Complete the tropical setting with seashells, meshed nets and glass balls. For that romantic touch, add coconut-scented candles in real coconut shells
Of course, there is nothing like music to set the mood. The traditional Luau usually includes guitars and ukuleles or you can buy some Hawaiian themed CD’s to inspire some impromptu hulas.
For simple fun for children and adults, break out the Hula Hoops and have an old fashioned contest including the longest, funniest and most unique hula hooper!. And of course no Luau would be complete without a limbo contest. Have fun! When it’s time to cool off, toss the hula-hoops into the pool and let the kids swim through the rings.
For refreshments, bowls and kabobs of Tropical fruit including pineapple, mango and papaya make refreshing snacks and appetizers. And for the main meal, there is nothing that beats a Hawaiian Barbeque – it’s as simple as marinating and basting meats, poultry and seafood with sweet and tangy sauces from your local grocery or specialty store.
Try this simple barbeque treat and while sipping a Hawaiian Chi-Chi (recipes below).
Grilled Beef and Teri-Chicken Sticks
(Makes about 6 servings)
3 to 4 pounds of beef or chicken, sliced into thin strips
2/3 cup shoyu (Asian soy sauce)
1/2 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons sherry or white wine
3 clove garlic, minced
1 inch piece ginger, crushed
3 stalks green onion chopped fine
1 teaspoon Chinese 5 spice (optional)
Mix all ingredients (except meats). Soak beef or chicken 4 hours or overnight in sauce. Then slide marinated beef and chicken on bamboo skewers. Grill for 2-3 minutes per side.
The meat comes out tender, tasty and is easy to eat right off the stick.
Serve with chopped green onions and Chinese parsley.
Note: Soak bamboo skewers in water for several hours before using on grill.
1 1/2 oz vodka (non-alcoholic chi-chi omit the vodka)
4 oz pineapple juice
1 oz cream of coconut
1 slice pineapple
Blend vodka, pineapple juice, and cream of coconut with one cup of ice in an electric blender at a high speed. Pour into a wineglass, decorate with the slice of pineapple and the cherry, and serve.