How to Throw a Vintage Backyard Luau

Say aloha to paradise. With island-inspired decor and pineapple-kissed dishes, your backyard luau will be looking like a vintage oasis in no time. Now crank the Jimmy Buffet and get chilling!

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    How to Luau

    Can't make it to Hawaii? Why not bring the island to you! With vintage decorations and tropical recipes, Bubbly Nature Creations blogger Rachel Rockwell shows you how a luau's done. 

     

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    Printable Luau Banner

    Cue the celebration with a festive party sign. Print each letter on natural-looking sheet of cardstock, then hang with twine or jute for a artsy way to add flair.

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    Printable Signs

    Don't forget about Hawaii's icon: the pineapple. Bright surfboards also add whimsical color to the island scene. 

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    Tiki Printables

    Use them on skewers as stir sticks, on toothpicks as cupcake toppers, or on napkins as placeholders -- these easy printables are adorable additions.

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    Printable Straw Wrappers

    Patterned-paper straws and printable flags make a pretty pair for your party drink. 

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    Aloha Sign

    Transform an old chalkboard into a welcoming party sign. Wooden sticks add beachy flair. Don't have any? Get crafty and use popsicle sticks instead.

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    Sweet Hawaiian Mini Burgers

    Seven ingredients are all you need to make these addictive sliders. The secret to their authenticity? Pineapple preserves and light-as-air Hawaiian sweet rolls. 

     

    Rachel's Styling Tip: Serve the burgers on a wooden platter or cutting board, then scatter with edible flowers and whole pineapples as decoration. Double the sauce recipe to serve on the side. 

     

     

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    Polynesian Punch

    Punch bowls are back! Add a touch of island-inspired presentation with a flower-studded ice ring. Simply pour water in a round Bundt pan and top with edible flowers just before freezing.

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    Pineapple Cooler

    It's not a luau without a coconut drink in hand. Get in vacation mode with a few sips of this icy pineapple cooler, featuring limemade, club soda, and a paper umbrella. Edible flowers and strawberries make colorful garnishes. 

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    Ham-Wrapped Pineapple Bites

    A tropical play on the proscuitto-wrapped canteloupe, this starter is simple and delicious -- and is served with a cherry on top!

     

    Rachel's Styling Tip: For eye-catching presentation, serve these in rows on a white plate with edible orchids. They're too pretty to eat ... almost!

     
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    Cupcakes

    Pipe frosting on in a swirly circle, then top with edible flowers and a printable treat topper. Look for multicolor cupcake liners, then flip inside out to give each cupcake a flowery look. 

     

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    Meet Rachel

    Rachel Rockwell is a blogger and young stay-at-home mom that needed a creative outlet. Using her artistic eye and knack for clever ideas, she has inspired women around the globe with whimsical parties, delicious recipes, and fun crafts ideas. Her blog, Bubbly Nature Creations, is a useful resource and inspiration for those who want to make, bake, or throw a great celebration.

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