Luau Party Ideas
8th grade graduation dance, I pulled together everything off pinterst and here. Then added a few ideas of my own. All the decorations cost less than $350. We were able to decorate at small gym for that.
I gathered up the free supplies locally, and bought almost everything else from amazon, they had the best prices and I hate shopping. I'm also going to apologize for the lack of pictures, I didn't plan on posting this. I will describe everything I did. I bought green plastic tablecloths from Amazon then cut them in 8-foot lengths folded them lengthwise to look like fringe, then made tiny slits along the cuts to give the effect of rruffled leaves. I bought the balloons and tiny LED lights that fit inside and hung them and taped them everywhere. It turned out to be a cheep light effect less than $20. I bought 2 dozen beach balls and and had them everywhere. The flowers are made of tissue paper I got the directions off of pinterest. I added the flowers everywhere they were easy and cheep.
The palm trees turned out to be easy, they are left over carpet rolls that I cut into 8 and 7 ft lengths. I bought a huge roll of brown painters paper (it was cheap) and cut it into about 25 ft lengths then tore it up the middle in a zig zag pattern to get the bark effect. I then hot glued it at the top and wrapped it all the way to the bottom. I cut large green construction paper in the shape of a palm leaf , hot glued a scewer to the top so it would stand out then I just duct taped the leaves to the inside of the carpet roll. I then put the rolls inside 5 gal. buckets filled it with cat litter, it is cleaner than sand and I can reuse it for my cat. I then wrapped the bucket loosely with the green plastic. The vines are made of brown paper bags cut into strips and twisted and stapled together with green paper leaves stapled in here and there. If I had it to do again I would have just used to brown paper it would have been easier. Then I twisted it with string to reach from wall to wall. The entrance has blue plastic table clothes cut like fringe and then metalic blue wall covering (Amazon). To look like a waterfall.
You can't see them very well but there are cut out cardboard tekis along the walls. Tin can tiki on the tables, paper bag vines, lighted ballons, and small tissue paper flowers for table decorations.
These were a little time consuming but totally worth it. I got large pieces of cardboard, I found a tutorial on Pinterest on how to draw them, added cheap poster paint. Then I added white paper behind the eyes. I found these great color changing LED Ballon lights ($15 for 60 lights) added them behind to eyes so when the lights were out their eyes lit up and changed color.
These were also time consuming, but worth it. I used 1 gallon tin cans I got from the school lunch room. I cut out the mouth and eyes using a dremmel, with a grinding disk (spend extra and get the reinforced discs, or you will use a ton of them). Then I sprayed them with adhesive glue and wrapped them in the brown paper, used a sharpy to draw the faces. I also put color changing light in them. And used the tissue flowers as hats. They also looked great in the dark.
The valcano was not as hard as it looks. I had old chicken wire I tore off a coup. I took about 20 ft and wrapped the ends together to form a ring them I used old Pvc pipe crammed inside as supports I zip tied the pipe in place. I added a second ring of wire on top of the first zip tied it together. I bent and folded the wire to form ridges and valleys. Then I wrapped the whole thing with the brown paper I used duct tape to secure the paper, and hot glue. I started at the bottom and ring it working my way to the top. Then I added red christmas lights ( white lights would had worked as well) and covered them with a red plastic table cloth hot glued in place. Then added brown and black spay paint here and there.
I won't go into detail on the food, look on Pinterest, SO MANY GREAT IDEAS.