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.

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  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

  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

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

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

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

    RM, Home Confetti

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


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