There is nothing more pleasurable and engaging than an adult party that embraces a theme to set the tone. When it comes to entertainment at any season, let’s talk about how to live it up. Imagine for a second all the destinations that you have gone to yourself… or might be on your ‘wish list’. We suggest you bring those ideas right to your own home and host one extraordinary party.

Here are a couple of ideas:
Overseas – Italy (Can you see the beauty, smell the food, taste the wine?)
Retire In Hawaii (Can you see the hula girls, hear the songs of Don Ho, hear the drums beating, taste the sting of the rum in the Mai Tai?)
Retire In Mexico (Can you smell the homemade tortillas, see the children breaking open the piñata, feel the tease of the hot peppers on your tongue. Don’t forget…do not swallow the worm in the bottle of tequila!)

Who said the kids get to have all the fun? Right?  Here is our idea of the perfect luau!
Go ahead and get your imagination on.

Luau Party Idea Plan
Grab a pencil and start thinking and writing. This is the beginning of your luau party plan. What do you already have in your possession that you can “re-use” or incorporate into your plan, even temporarily? What is in your current environment that will help? What resources do you have at your fingertips? Nearby?

  • One thing you might do to start the excitement is to ask the guests to interact prior to the party. Mail them something specific to the luau party plan: a grass skirt, a fresh coconut, a fresh pineapple, a recipe item they must bring to the party, a bottle of rum, BYOB, etc.
  • Turn your back yard, patio or indoor area into a tropical luau party theme. This can be done easily enough with a few supplies from your local nursery: a few tiki torches, some palm leaves, and flowers, lots of flowers (try to get both edible and non-edible types). Make this a big part of your luau party plan. You’ll want it to look the part, too. String some lights. Dress it up!
  • Be sure to have beverages to please the crowd. Bottled water is a must, too. You can purchase pre-mixed cocktails or make your own. There are many party punch recipes; we like the coconut and pineapple shells for beverage containers of all kinds with umbrella straws. The shells can be filled with your favorite Mai Tai or Pina Colada, Plum Wine, fruit punch, plain water or soda. These can be done in advance, so everything is not left to the last minute.
  • Break out the boom box (or download your own playlist) with Hawaiian music favorites. Luau songs can be as significant or as insignificant as you want, depending on what your luau focus and purpose is.
  • Be sure to tell everyone to wear their favorite Hawaiian outfits!

Traditional Hawaiian Mai Tai
Traditional Hawaiian Mai Tai

  • 1 Ounce Light Rum
  • 1 Ounce Dark Rum
  • ½ Ounce Orange Liqueur
  • ½ Ounce Fresh Lime Juice
  • ½ Ounce Triple Sec
  • ½ Ounce Almond Liqueur>/li>
  • ½ Cup Pineapple Juice
  • Sour Mix or Collins Mix to fill glass
  • Float Grenadine
  • Float Dark Rum
  • Mix all ingredients and pour over ice then add garnish

Sweet & Sour Spareribs
Sweet & Sour Spareribs
Makes 8 servings.

  • 1/2 Cup Pineapple Juice
  • 1/4 Cup Cider Vinegar
  • 1/4 Cup Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp Gingerroot
  • 1 Clove Garlic Crushed
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1/4 Cup Ketchup, BBQ Sauce or Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 Racks of Lean Spareribs
  • 2 TB Cornstarch mixed into 2 TB water
  • 2 TB Favorite Pork Rub
  • Remove any visible fat from ribs then rub with Pork Rub, such as Grill Mate Pork Rub. Rub well on both sides of ribs and place uncut in baking bag and seal. Refrigerate overnight or at least several hours.
  • Mix remaining ingredients in saucepan (except cornstarch mixture). Heat to slow boil and add the cornstarch mixture slowly, stirring constantly. Sauce will thicken slightly. Cover and cook over low heat about 5-10 minutes. When sauce has cooled, refrigerate.
  • Next day, bake ribs in the bag until tender and juicy in oven around 350-400 degrees for approximately 1 ½ – 2 hours. Open bag to test ribs. Baste both sides of ribs with sauce and place on hot grill long enough to heat through and seer the outside for color. Baste a few times while heating ribs.
  • If you like your ribs on the sweet side, use the ketchup or BBQ sauce; if you think your ribs will be too sweet, just use the Worcestershire Sauce and less brown sugar. Adjust according to your desired taste and balance of sweet and sour.


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