There are two birthday party traditions in our family: a nice dinner out and a themed party! Today I am sharing how I hosted a luau birthday party for my son.

My son turned five this month.  A few months leading up to our birthdays we start talking about themes for the party.  This year my son went from wanting an Inside Out party to the Luau Birthday Pool Party we had this past weekend. Hosting a Luau Birthday Pool Party is fun, colorful and unique! 

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To set the mood, I used this colorful ALOHA lighted sign for the food table. This colorful sign was the signature piece of the party that came me inspiration for the colorful luau birthday party.  I love to mix and match party supplies with household decorations to create an inviting setting. I used this party pack for the food picks, leis for the guests, hibisicus straws and balloons, table cloth and banner. It always adds special meaning when you can incorporate some old mementos.  Do you see the little beach bum shot glasses?  My husband and I got these at a hole in the wall bar on an Orange Beach, Al vacation when we were first married.


The birthday boy decided that he wanted a layered cake that was colorful and covered with flowers.  So I took to my pinterest to get ideas on how to do it myself. I am thrilled that he was happy with my result. Five flowers, four icing colors, three cake pans (here is my favorite mini-cake pan), a couple of hours and one candle later…


luau party birthday cake


We went simple on the food since it was a five-year-olds party:  Fruit, cheese, trail mix, cookies and cake. Fruit is a great way to add to the color of a table display!  Adding umbrella toothpicks in the fruit gave the display a fun look.


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luau birthday party food ideas

The homemade sugar cookies were in the shapes of sunglasses, flip flops and palm trees.  
I made the icing from powdered sugar, milk, and food coloring.

luau birthday party food ideas

Luau Party Decorations

We held the party at a pool house. So the beach vibe was automatically there. I used colorful balloons,necklaces, cut outs, leis, and grass skirts for the finishing touches. Everything came from Hobby Lobby or Party City.

Since the party was held at my parent’s community pool, the atmosphere was already created and entertainment mostly involved playing in the pool.  However, we had a water balloon fight, flamingo ring toss, and water gun war!

Of course, the traditional events of present opening, singing happy birthday and cake cutting all took place.

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luau birthday party
How to throw a luau pool party for kids- Mandy Carter -
luau birthday party food ideas

Throwing a Kid’s Luau Themed Birthday Party is a fun, colorful and creative party! What theme party is on your next birthday list?