Tiki Room / Luau Birthday Party

It’s finally over!
I decided I needed this party to be stress free, so I let go of a lot of the complicated ideas I’d wanted to use (and that I usually do!)
And you know what? no one noticed!
The theme was a simple, subtle nod to Disneyland’s Enchanted Tiki Room, which is my kids’ favorite attraction.
Although that could just be be about the Dole Whip.
How to plan a backyard Luau/Tiki birthday party!
I’ve got lots of pictures, so I’ll mostly let them speak for themselves but will try to elaborate as I can.
Please feel free to ask any questions in the comments.
Boy and girl dressed for a luau party
Since they each had their own separate parties last year, I decided make it easy on myself and plan a combo party this time around. I would prefer to give them each their own personalized party, but with birthdays three weeks apart, it just made sense to do it this way.
They didn’t seem to mind!
Guests were greeted by an adorable ALOHA banner found at a local party supply. Can I just tell you how hard it is to find Luau party supplies in September???
Aloha sign next to tiki torches
Of course you can’t have a Tiki Room party with out the birds!
Parrot decor outside
Blue party decor hanging outside
The tables were decorated simply with a white tablecloth, burlap runner, and beautiful orchids from  Trader Joe’s.
Orchid siting on outdoor table
For the food table, I just picked up a bunch of tropical looking plants at my local Home Depot and wrapped the pots in burlap.
We’ll be planting them in our yard next week. I love double duty decorating.
Purple and green plants sitting outside
The kids each got Ukuleles as souvenirs from our Hawaiian vacation in August so we added them as decor.

Luau Tiki party decor on a table

Luau Tiki party decor on a table
Found this little guy on a whim at the Goodwill.
Hawaiian decor
Kept the food simple – fruit cups (individual servings of pineapple, oranges and kiwi), Kettle style potato chips, and veggies.
We also had Hawaiian pizza to round out the lunch.
Snacks and food on a table
I served the potato chips in large cupcake papers. I can’t stand a bunch of little hands in the chips bowl, so this was a great way to avoid that.
A table full of potato chips in cupcake papers
You can’t have a Hawaiian party without Hawaiian punch!
Cute parrot straws came from US Toy Company.
A cup of punch with a parrot straw
My mom made cupcakes, and they looked just like they came from a bakery.
Cupcakes with yellow, orange, and red frosting
A little boy sitting at a picnic table with cupcakes
I had good intentions of making faux Dole Whips, but in the end it was just easier to serve Pineapple Sherbet.
Sherbert with colorful umbrellas on a table
Topped off with a paper umbrella and a cherry, my son exclaimed, “These are just like the Tiki Room!”
Mission accomplished!
A plastic cup of sherbert with an umbrella
Each of the guests went home with a small bucket, filled with bubbles, sunglasses, a Tiki necklace, and a pineapple lollipop and tropical fruit snacks.
Luau Tiki party favors on a table
We do not have a pool, but my good friend does and she graciously offered to host the party at her home (Thanks Diane!!). The kids were thrilled, and it gave us a chance to actually enjoy the heat. (which we are just about finished with, thank goodness!)
Kids in the jacuzzi
A group of kids in a pool of water
One of our favorite babysitters is also a Polynesian dancer.
Polynesian dancers with yellow outfits
She and her friend came and put on a show for the guests.
Polynesian dancers with yellow outfits
Polynesian dancers with yellow outfits
All of the kids danced along – except mine.
Kids in flower necklaces standing on the grass
A group of kids sitting in the grass
A man holding a ukelele
“Uncle and Auntie” came to play the music for the dancers.
A little girl posing for a picture in front of pool
It was really a beautiful day.
Did I do everything I wanted to do? Nope.
Did I finish all of those cute decorations I’d wanted to make? Nope.
But did it matter in the end?
Look at those faces, and you tell me ~
A little girl and boy smiling next to their mother with a birthday cake

Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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  1. This is just the sweetest post of all. Love the kiddos. I was an Activity Director for 10 years at a nursing home. The residents were like my babies. I did parties like this all the time (minus the belly dancers-couldn’t pull that one off!)
    Oh, how I miss those days with my kiddos, but I have a grandson that we’ll do more with. He’s turn one in two weeks and we’re having a Halloween party. yippee

  2. What a wonderful party! Everything was so cute and themed so perfectly!! I think the smiles on your little kids faces summed it all up! You are all truly a beautiful family.

    Take care,

  3. It looks awesome. If all else fails you would make a great party planner. Your children look so happy. They are blessed to have you as their mother!