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Monday, June 20, 2011

{American Luau} Real party celebrating good American FUN!

Hope you are READY for LOTS of 'eye candy"!
I am sharing will all of you my pics from the "Americana Luau" party that I designed & styled for our Memorial Day bash! This collection could easily be used for a 4th of July party as well. The whole point in designing this collection was so it could be used for a variety of "american holidays" as well as a military party or homecoming. 


 Who doesn't just LOVE a good 'ol American summer bash or a great luau party?? So this one gives you BOTH - plenty of red, white & blue, great food, water balloons & yummy drinks! Who's ready to check out more pics?

 


With this party, I wanted to try & throw a FABULOUS party on a  . . . BUDGET
So I shopped at places like The Dollar Tree & the dollar bin at Target to see what I could create! With the food, I choose store bought on some of the items to prove that you can throw a fun party & still make budget . . trying fun little ideas, like the cupcake cones & brownie bites on skewers. Here's what I came up with:
The result of all the planning . . . a FUN, budget-friendly party for any "American" themed celebration - from Memorial Day to the 4th of July to a military party!
I found a lot of the fun patriotic trays, the grass skirt, the red, white & blue leis & all the supplies for the grass skirt garland at The Dollar Tree. I promise I will work on a blog post on HOW to make these & how affordable they were. Grass skirt garland cost about $4 & the grass table skirt cost about $3.

I used store bought food for the most part to save time. I got brownie bites & dressed them up by putting them in decorative cups & then created 2 brownie bite décor displays by putting them on skewers in a patriotic pot I found in the dollar bin at Target - I think it worked out perfectly for some added fun to the table.

and here's the brownie "pots" using the brownie bites, putting them on skewers & then inserting them into pots found in the dollar section at Target. (used a styrofoam form in the bottom & covered w/ leftover "grass" from the skirts).
For the cupcakes, I bought those, already iced, took off the cupcake wrappers & put them into the ice cream cones & dressed them up, with some of the toppers from the collection. The platter they are sitting on is one I found at The Dollar Tree & I found this cute little red beach chair at The Christmas Tree Shops. Adding the umbrellas (that come in the collection) to the ones in the beach chair really gave it a luau 'vibe'.
I picked up candy - Tootsie Rolls & Tootsie Roll Pops at the Dollar Tree & decided to make a candy tree using both of them & then inserting a skewer with curling ribbon on the top for added décor. Cost effective & simple! 
The only thing I made ahead of time was the star cookies & the patriotic trifle dessert. The cookies were just a box sugar cookie recipe & then I decorated them myself. 
 
The trifle dessert was angel food cake, whip cream, sliced strawberries & blueberries layered.  I created a star design on top out of the strawberries & blueberries.  

The pina colada was the drink of choice for the day as it just exudes SUMMER! We decided to hollow out pineapples, mix it up & drink them straight out of the pineapples - so delish!

The guests had a blast having a water balloon toss that turned into a full blown water balloon fight in the afternoon! We also had red, white & blue leis (found at The Dollar Tree) for everyone to wear & get in the mood for the "Americana Luau". All in all, we had a blast & it was a FUN theme to have for a party!
If you want to throw your own "Americana Luau" 4h of July party or a summer luau or military homecoming party, you can find the printable collection here in my Etsy shop.

So what do you all think? I would LOVE for you to leave me a comment as I so love hearing from you guys. If you have a specific question about anything in this post you can ask here or simply email me at laura@eyecandyeventdetails.com


6 comments:

  1. Wow, Laura, what a great party! You did a fabulous job with all the details. Love the budget friendly way you designed the party. The trifle dessert looks yummy. Congrats on the feature.
    Lisa @HR Creative Design Studio

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  2. Wow, fabulous party. I love this set. I tried to win it in your giveaway. I would have used it for a military Homecoming party. My hubby's coming home next month & I can't wait to welcome him home. We have't seen him for six months. Thanks for the ideas!!
    shuttermom77 at gmail dot com

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  3. love love love love this! The Brownie bites look amazing! Such a great idea for a party.

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  4. Love how your printable set combines the flowery and fringe-y luau touches with the snappy red, white, & blue palette! So creative & festive!

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  5. Found u via DID--this is so much fun! Shared on my FB page
    facebook.com/homeconfetti

    Best,
    RM, Home Confetti

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  6. thanks so much to all of you for the SWEET comments! xoxo

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