|A Blue Ocean Cocktail|
I love a good luau. It’s the perfect party any time of year, but having it outdoors when the weather is wonderful is extra special.
Looking for a cheap luau food menu? Read on! Enjoy inexpensive luau foods in a festive island atmosphere that is easy to put together.
Tell your guests there will be prizes for the best Hawaiian/tropical/beach clothing at the party. Prizes can be straw hats from the party store. Greet your guests with a big “Aloha!” and a lei to wear. You can pick up 50 leis for about $15 at a party store. Extra leis can be strewn around the food table.
An easy table centerpiece is an arrangement of fruit: a fresh pineapple, bananas, limes, a coconut, mango, star fruit, all work great. I also love the look of a bowl of shells, with or without sand. Wrap the tree trunks in your yard with Christmas lights for easy ambiance. Set candles on the food table and anywhere else you like.
|Saucy Island Meatballs|
A luau can be as kitschy as you like. Don’t be afraid to use a mixture of solid tropical colors for cups, plates, and napkins. That often saves money over items designed specifically for a luau.
You can share the cost by making it a potluck. Ask friends to bring anything made with pineapple, coconut, chocolate, mixed fruit, macadamia nuts, chicken, pork, or shrimp. Grilled foods are great. Here’s an easy menu that’s pretty affordable, as party menus go.
|Kalua Pork in the Slow Cooker|
Set out a pitcher of Blue Ocean Cocktails as your signature drink. For a festive non-alcoholic drink, freeze ice cubes that you add unsweetened Kool-Aid to in colors you want. Pour Sprite over different colors of ice cubes. As the cubes melt, they add different flavors to the drink. Kids love these, but they are fun for the rest of us too.
|Grill Vegetables in Foil|
|Zucchini Ribbon Salad|
|Key Lime Coconut Bars|
Key Lime Coconut Bars are super simple to make and yummy.
It might be from the Caribbean, but hey, it’s tropical!
|A Tropical Fruit Salad is Always Popular|
Don’t forget to have a limbo contest. All you need is a bamboo pole (from a party store) and a camera!
To create a tiki head decoration, cut a watermelon in half lengthwise and cut out the pulp in chunks. Then turn the halves cut side down and carve away! These look great on a food and/or drink table. Lit candles inside the heads create even more atmosphere!
If you want only one tiki head, use the other watermelon half as a bowl for the watermelon chunks on toothpicks. Cut the edge in a zigzag pattern if you like. You can also add other fruit to make it a tropical fruit salad.