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Luau Party Ideas

It’s time to throw a really fun party with these Luau Party Ideas! The kids can help make these easy decorations, all you need are a few easy to find supplies! Then add food and you are ready to party!

Luau Party Ideas

Putting together the Luau Party Decorations did take some time, but they are not hard. And the nice thing is, we have figured out all the details for you, now just add some supplies and a little creativity and you can put together a fun party too!

Hawaiian Luau Party Ideas

Our friends at Duck Tape asked if we would like to put together a Summer Party and share it with you. There aren’t many things more fun than a Summer party, especially when it involves Palm Trees, Tiki Heads, Sandals with Flowers and Tiki Torches = Hawaiian Party Ideas! Oh and we can’t forget about the food!

Although we really wanted to have the Luau Party at the beach, after much discussion, we decided to host it inside. The main reason was the transportation of the food and having it set outside, sometimes that can be tricky.

Palm Trees made with Duck Tape

First, let’s talk about the Palm Trees – they are made with pool noodles covered with brown Duck Tape, and the leaves are made with paper, Duck Tape and wire. Let’s make the leaves…

Supplies to make Palm Tree Leaves

Let’s gather our supplies to make the Palm Tree Leaves.

Palm Tree Leaves Supplies

  • Duck Tape – dark and light green
  • Paper – roll of white paper works best
  • Wire
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Wire cutters

How to make Palm Tree Leaves

Palm Tree Leaves

The Palm Tree Leaves can be made in any size that you need. We made ours 20, 16 and 12 inches long and 6-8 inches wide.

How to make Palm Tree Leaves

  1. Working on a cutting mat, add paper cut to the size of the leaf. Begin by adding a strip of Duck Tape. We used different colors to add interest.
  2. Continue adding Duck Tape until the paper is completely covered.
  3. Turn the paper over and mark the center where you will add the wire.
  4. Add a couple strips of tape, then add the wire.
  5. Add tape over the wire.
  6. Continue adding tape to cover the rest of the paper.
  7. Cut out leaf. You can draw a pattern onto the leaf, or cut free hand.
  8. Make small slits around the leaf in different sizes
  9. Cut out all the leaves.
  10. Bend the wire to shape the leaf.

DIY Palm Tree

After the leaves are made, it’s time to put together the Palm Tree.

How to Make a Palm Tree


  • Pool Noodle – any size will work, we used 4 1/4 inch round and left the full length. If you want them taller you can buy an extra noodle and cut it, then tape the pieces together.
  • Brown Duck Tape
  • Metal Pipe (optional) – depending on where you are going to put your Palm Tree, you may need a pipe to secure it.
  • Tall Planter (optional) – we used this to hold the Palm Tree, you could also add it directly into the ground
  • Play Sand (optional) – we used this to hold the pipe and weight down the planter
  • Hammer


  1. Wrap pool noodle with brown Duck Tape
  2. Add pipe to center of pool noodle
  3. Add bag of sand to planter (if using)
  4. Use hammer to drive the pipe into the bag of sand – or into the ground
  5. Begin adding the leaves, using the wire into the top of the pool noodle. Add the largest leaves first, then the next size and then the smallest. .
  6. Shape the leaves to resemble palm leaves

Tiki Head for Luau Party

I think the Tiki Heads are my favorite. They did take some time to figure out the faces, but the GOOD news is – I have the template for the faces for you to download, so it won’t take you long at all.

Click HERE to download Tiki Head Face Templates

How to Make Tiki Heads for Luau Party


  • Clay Pots – we used 10 inch
  • Spray Paint – we used Krylon Wild Oats and Brown Boots
  • Duck Tape – any colors you like
  • Leaves – made the same way as the Palm Trees, only smaller and different colors
  • Cutting Mat
  • Ruler
  • X-ACTO Knife
  • Gray or Black Fine Sharpie – for teeth (upper head)


  1. In a well ventilated area, paint the clay pots. Let dry several hours
  2. Download the Tiki Face Templates
  3. Working on the cutting mat, trace each of the pieces and cut them out.
  4. Add to the clay pot to make face.
  5. Add extra pieces for war paint, or to decorate the pots. Get creative!
  6. To add the leaves, add the leaf through the hole in the clay pot and bend to the inside to secure them. Bend to shape the leaves.

How to make Tiki Heads for Hawaiian Luau Party

If you want to use the Tiki head as a drink holder, add a small plastic or metal bucket to the inside of the clay pot. Add ice and drinks.

Duck Tape Flowers on Sandals for Hawaiian Luau Party Ideas

Next up for our Luau Party Decorations, let’s add sandals with Duck Tape flowers. You can also make the flowers and use them as decorations, or string them to create leis for guests to wear.

Duck Tape Flower Supplies

Duck Tape Flower Supplies

  • Duck Tape – in your favorite colors
  • Wire
  • Paddle Wire – for attaching the flowers to the sandals
  • Hibiscus flowers – to use the center – I found these at Walmart
  • Glue – to form the circle for the flower petal
  • Thread or Twine
  • Floral Tape
  • Wire Cutters

Instructions to make Duck Tape Flowers

Instructions to make Duck Tape Flowers

How to Make Duck Tape Flowers

  1. Wrap wire around glue bottle (or other round item) to form circles. Lay out Duck Tape and place wire on top. Fold over tape and then cut out each petal. Be sure NOT to cut too close to the wire.
  2. Cut the stamens from Hibiscus flowers, and strip edges to leave just the top portion
  3. Lay 3 petals, and then the stamen
  4. Put together the other petals and then VERY tightly wrap the petals together with twine or thread
  5. Wrap the stem with floral tape
  6. Cut off floral tape and secure
  7. Form petals to create flower
  8. Using the paddle wire, add the Duck Tape Flowers to the sandals

Duck Tape Flowers on Sandals for Luau Party

To display the Sandals for guests, we added sand to a clay pot and stuck them into the sand. Be sure to tape the hole in the bottom of the pot shut.

Tiki Torches for Luau Party

We wanted to add Tiki Torches to the Luau Party, but since we were hosting it inside, we decided they needed a little fire on them.

We used yellow, orange and red Duck Tape and cut it into strips. Fold the tape over on itself, and leave a small portion of the tape showing to secure it to the torch.

Food for Hawaiian Luau Party

After all the decorations were in place, it was time to add the food. A party just isn’t a party without food, but we wanted to keep it simple.

Charcuterie Board for Luau Party Ideas

Creating a Charcuterie Board is great for entertaining! They are easy to put together, and look spectacular on the party table! Learn all about what food we added and how to create your own Charcuterie Board.

Pina Colada Cupcakes for Luau Party Ideas

It wouldn’t be a party without dessert, and of course, around here, we love cupcakes! These Pina Colada Cupcakes start with a yellow cake mix and are doctored up with sweetened condensed milk and cream of coconut mix. A lush frosting with whipped topping and crushed pineapple send them over the top! Grab the recipe!

Pineapple Fluff for Luau Party Ideas

And then even more pineapple with this delicious, super easy to make, Pineapple Fluff! All you need are 5 ingredients and it can be made the day before.

Luau Party Ideas

The Luau Party turned out great! It was fun to put together and we all loved the time we spent together!

Luau Party Ideas

Hawaiian Luau Party Ideas

  • Background – found at Party City – Bamboo Scene Setter
  • Palm Trees – made with Pool Noodles and Leaves in tall planter – covered with Table Skirt found at Party City
  • Tiki Heads – made with Clay Pots and Duck Tape
  • Sandals with Duck Tape Flowers
  • Tiki Torches – in buckets filled with play sand
  • Food – Charcuterie Board, Pineapple Fluff, Pina Colada Cupcakes and Drinks
  • Fresh Pineapple and Coconuts
  • Plastic drink containers for the kids – found at Party City
  • Plates and napkins – found at Walmart



  1. I never knew you could do such creative things with Duck Tape. Your ideas are so much fun!!!

    1. Thanks so much Beth! We had a lot of fun creating the party!

  2. This sounds like the perfect motivation to have a party!! Those palm trees are amazing!

    1. Absolutely! It’s the perfect time to party!

    1. Thanks so much Carolyn! Thrilled you like them!

  3. I love what you did with the flower pots! So fun!

    1. Thanks so much Jaide! They are my favorite part of the party!

  4. Kimberly Killebrew says:

    How thoroughly fun is this?! Thanks for sharing all these tips, I need to host a luau party!

    1. Thrilled you like it Kimberly! Thanks!

  5. Wow! So many great ideas in this post! I feel like you just handed me a complete party idea. Love the Tiki heads! Now, to find the perfect time to have people over.

    1. The Tiki Heads are my favorite too! Thanks for stopping by!

  6. This is SO FUN! I might just throw a luau party just to do all of this! 🙂

    1. Thanks Jennifer! We had lots of fun putting together the Luau Party!

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