Throwing a Luau!!!
ALOHA!!!! What better way to escape Vancouver’s cold + rain than to bask in the warmth of a luau!!!
Jeff + I wanted to have friends + family over to our little tiki hut for a housewarming! We chose the luau theme since we loooves Hawaii + were married + honeymooned there. It’s kinda our thang. Here we are before the wedding last year at a luau in Kauai.
Awwwww. I really miss it there. My dad is on the Big Island right now as I type. Lucky dad.
I found me some lurvely tropical flowers at Granville Island + they cheered me right up!
I made a Chinese paper parasol wreath to welcome our guests! I found this link on Pinterest!!! Ooooh, Pinterest – you temptress.
Banana leaves are essential. I found these frozen at one of the MANY Asian markets here in Vancouver. Just don’t forget to thaw them out a day before the party. $1.50 per package, y’all. There’s alotta leaves in one package, so don’t go crazy like I did + buy five packages. Two packages will suffice.
I measured the length of the candles or mason jars I was using to hold utensils. Cut the banana leaf (which is SUPER easy to work with) slapped on some double stick tape + tied it off with some raffia to hold it all together.
Do I have a picture of the final product??? NO!!!! That’s cuz I TOTALLY dropped the ball + kept forgetting to take pictures!!! I majorly suck. That’s because I was spazzing out at getting it all done.
I especially loved handing them out at the end of the night to the single men. They looked really manly holding them. Muy macho!!!!
We found nice teak + acacia wood bowls from thrift stores. They needed a little lovin’ – so after I washed them I rubbed them all up with Ikea Skydd wood treatment oil. Also, Jeff’s thrift store collection of tiki mugs that were FINALLY getting some good use. I’m tellin’ ya, if you keep your eyes peeled at thrift stores, you won’t have to buy all your party supplies from the tacky party stores.
I covered the tables with dollar store shower curtains + laid burlap bags or banana leaves on top. Oh yes + I used A LOT of double stick foam tape to stick the hula skirts to pretty much anywhere I could put one.
It was funny because it was really cold + windy that night so all the ladies showed up in full length black coats. Like flashers. But underneath their brightly colored tropical wear was ready to go!!!! Oh, Canada.
Awesome, blurry, grainy picture taking. Nice one, Shelli. Sigh. I need some DSLR photography lessons.
What a totally tubular time!!! The best compliment of the night came from our guest David, who had spent a year in Maui in 1976 when he was 19. He said our party reminded him of the warmth, beautiful people + great vibe that he experienced that year in Hawaii. Shaka brah!!!!!
Photo by Jeff Divine.
Totally so far out, man….
Oh, Spicoli…….MAHALO EVERYONE!!!!!