AHHHH our long awaited party has come and gone. This weekend was a whirlwind of fun and I am so excited to share all of our party details! Seems like this party was forever in the making. The babes’ birthdays are 7 weeks apart and fall during an extremely busy time of year. Instead of trying to plan and throw 2 separate birthdays (with all the same guests) I hosted one big bash this year! I decided on a Luau since that could be fun for boys & girls, kids & adults. Boy was I right! The party was a blast!
Lets start at the very beginning of my planning….OUTFITS! I wanted the babes to have coordinating Hawaiian getups in dark colors so they could eat, drink, and play without immediately looking like a hot mess. I found these outfits on Zulily and they were PERFECT!
I always like to do a little photo shoot prior to a party. I use the pics for the invitations and to have on display at the party. We used Luna Signature and Aleksandra did an amazing job capturing their true personalities! The week I had the pictures scheduled Freshly Picked re-released my all time favorite color; Aruba! This color had previously been discontinued. When I saw that the color was back I knew the babes needed them to complete their outfits! Giada’s pineapple headband was from one of my favorite shops Wisely Crafted Originals.
Beth from The Paper Prince helped me with every last detail of the party. I sent her my ideas and she came up with a party plan for me! She designed cute polaroid invites with the pictures from Luna!
Further into my party planning I found these shirts on Zulily too.
Big Kahuna and Bigger Kahuna and I knew the boys needed these!
I tried to keep the appetizers in theme, but simple. I made cut up cheese, little smokies, Hawaiian style meatballs, and this delicious Cheesy Pineapple Dip with Bacon. All of our guests were raving about it. It was AMAZING!
I also kept dinner super simple and served sub sandwiches ($32 for 6 feet from Walmart-trust me its an amazing deal), pasta salad, broccoli salad, and fruit salad. Having the fruit in little wine glasses made the food line run much smoother than usual. I am so glad I pinned this idea!
The dessert table was EPIC.
The Paper Prince designed it all and came over to set it all up. I’ve never had a backdrop before and the grass cloth totally made this!
I served Chocolate covered popcorn…
Pina Colada style cupcakes….
…and Best Cookies by Farr!
The party took place in our backyard! The centerpieces were square glass vases (from our wedding!) filled with sand, seashells, and Hawaiian party picks (made by The Paper Prince). I also had a pail of chips on each table.
…and I found a local friend that had a tiki bar to rent to us! It was beyond perfect!
I made a super easy “Ocean Water” punch! It was blue Hawaiian punch, lemonade, and citrus vodka!
Then….the Kona Ice truck showed up.
They serve Hawaiian shaved ice and there are syrup pumps on the outside of the truck.
Later that night I found Ari completely cashed out in his bed. Leftover Cheetos and an umbrella pick are the sign of a good party!
Thanks for checking out our bash! I am already brainstorming ideas for next year!
We love love love Freshly Picked moccasins! They completed the babes’ outfits perfectly and have generously offered to giveaway a free pair of moccasins to one of my followers! See facebook for details! Giveaway details will be posted 6/15 at 9pm. Stay tuned!