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When our close family friends, Gary and Kathy, were about to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary, we wanted to help make it extra special. They are taking an anniversary trip to Hawaii, so a luau seemed the perfect theme for an anniversary party. With the help of many of their family members, we put together a fun event that was enjoyed by family and friends. We set up a tent in the backyard, built our own tiki bar and added many other details to make the luau lots of fun. Check out the recipes on Taste the Fairytale. Food table:tiki bar Food table 1Tent entranceWe had a lot of fun with the decorations. Sand, shells, flowers, and tiki torches came together to give everything a very Hawaiian feel. Table collageCenterpiece collage 1Centerpiece collage 2A luau isn’t complete without a tiki bar. I asked my very handy husband if he could build one for us. Never one to turn down a challenge, he got started right away. Much to Dawn’s dismay, she has a bamboo “forest” in her backyard, but that worked perfectly for our bar. Tiki bar closeup 2We served two kinds of punch, both were non-alcoholic versions of the Hawaiian classics, Blue Hawaii and Mai Tai. Yum! Punch collageA luau is known for having LOTS of food, so we didn’t want to disappoint our guests. You can find the recipes in “Taste the Fairytale”.

Hawaiian Meatballs
Barbecue Pork Sandwiches
Ham & Pineapple Skewers
Hawaiian-style Rice
Pineapple Cheese Ball
Fresh Veggies & Dip
Fresh Fruit with Marshmallow Dip
Chips & Dip
Fruit Pizza
Key Lime Mousse Cups
Coconut Cream Pie Cups
Pineapple Sherbet
Rainbow Sherbet
Orange Sherbet
Food table 2Food closeupPalm tree 1
Lots of fresh fruit with a delicious marshmallow dip.Fruit closeupFruit dipHow fun is this??
Fruit palm platter
We had a lot of fun naming our food dishes. Cowabunga Fruit Dip, Pineapple Paradise and Waikiki Key Lime Pie, to name a few. We filled little pails with sand, attached food labels to skewers and placed them in the pails. It looked great! Kathy and Gary’s granddaughter, Hayley, made the adorable labels!
We served fish crackers in a glass fish bowl and used a small fish net as a scoop. The food label read, “Go Fishin’!”.
Chip dip was placed in a plastic pail filled with ice with instructions to “Take a Dip”.
Chip collage
Our cheese ball was shaped into a palm tree and served with crackers. It was one of our favorite recipes of the luau and went very fast!
The Grand Finale was our dessert buffet. We filled small cups with key lime mousse, topped with a slice of key lime and coconut cream mousse with toasted coconut sprinkled on top. We also served a delicious tropical fruit pizza. The biggest hit was a variety of sherbets served in small jars for ease of serving. Nobody went home hungry, that’s for sure!
Dessert collage
Happy 25th Anniversary, Gary & Kathy!!
Gary & Kathy
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