TIPS ON HOSTING A HAWAII THEME CHRISTMAS PARTY!
Kalikimaka me ka Hau'oli Makahiki Hou!"
Add some Aloha to your holiday
with adorable Hawaii theme ornaments and cards. Express your Aloha with gifts like shark
tooth necklaces, fresh Hawaiian pineapple and papaya, macadamia nut treats, lotions and
perfumes in fragrances of Hawaii, tropical syrups and jams, and more that are sure to be
well received by your friends and family.
You can easily add warm touches of Aloha to your holiday party to create a festive fun Hawaii theme Christmas party wherever you are! It is also lots of fun to hold a Hawaiian Theme Christmas Party anytime, especially in the warmer summer months, when your guests can dress comfortably in aloha and beach attire and the party can even be held outdoors! In fact many people celebrate Christmas in July for that very reason. In addition to our luau tips provided on this web site, below are tips specific to adding a Hawaii theme to your luau including decorating tips, games, and recipes.
THEME CHRISTMAS DECORATING TIPS
* Decorate your Christmas Tree and/or Buffet Table in garlands you make from silk flower leis
* Decorate your Christmas Tree and/or Buffet Table in
* Decorate your party location in garlands you make from silk flower leis
* Create adorable Christmas cookies using
* Create adorable Christmas ornaments using Hawaii theme cookie cutters
* Adorn your guests in silk flower leis.
* Have a Hawaiian Santa and/or Hula Menehune
* Have a Makepono Gift Exchange
* Play fun Hawaii theme Christmas Games
* Play Hawaiian theme Christmas music
* Have Hawaiian theme place cards at the dinner table
* Have guests wear Hawaiian theme name badges
* Use Hawaiian theme gift tags to identify gifts
* Provide the keiki (children) with Hawaiian Christmas scene coloring page and crayons
* Send Hawaii theme Christmas party invitations
* If you have your guests dress in Aloha attire and live in a cold climate area and host a Hawaiian theme Christmas party be sure to turn up the heat so your guests don't catch a cold.
|HAWAIIAN SANTA & HULA MENEHUNE
Have a man, preferably tanned or a darker skinned man, to play the Hawaiian Santa. Have him wear a white Santa beard, a red Santa hat, Aloha shirt, shorts, and beach shoes.
In addition to a Hawaiian Santa or instead of a Hawaiian Santa you can have a lovely lady dress as Santas helper Hula Menehune (elf) dressed in a green real grass skirt, a red, green or white top (bikini or t-shirt), a red Santas hat, and a red silk flower lei.
CHRISTMAS LUAU ACTIVITIES
Have a Makepono (bargain) gift exchange. Everyone has at least one gift that theyve received in their closet that's a perfectly good gift, but does not suit their taste or they already have one. Tell each guest to bring a gift wrapped item they had previously received as a gift and have never used. Have your guests place their Makepono gift under the Christmas Tree or on a gift table when they come in. We recommend the host provide a few extra Makepono gifts for those who may forget. Then have your Hawaiian Santa and/or lovely Santas helper Hula Menehune (elf) distribute the gifts randomly to the guests. Encourage everyone to mingle to see what other people got and trade among each other. As they saying goes; one persons' trash is another persons' treasure. This fun activity wont cost anyone anything and is a great mixer!
CHRISTMAS WORD FINDER MIXER
This is a really fun mixer that gets your guests to mingle! Create name badges for each guest with their name in Hawaiian (see our name translation resource at www.alohafriends.com/name.html ) Then below their Hawaiian name put a Christmas related word in English and its translation in Hawaiian. Words can be used on more than one name badge.
How Game Works
When your guests arrive have them put on their name badge and give them a paper listing all of the English Christmas words and advise them to mix with the other guests to find the translation for all of the words. Advise each guest once they have located all the translations to put their name on their answer sheet and have a drop box or basket for your guests to put the completed answer sheets in. Later during the party randomly pull a winner from everyone who returned a completed Christmas words translations answer sheet and award a prize.
Christmas Eve Ahiahi Kalikimaka
Christmas Tree Laau Kalikimaka
Garland - Lei
God - Akua
Jesus Christ- Iesu Kristo
Joy, Happy Hauoli
|Merry Christmas - Mele Kalikimaka
Ornament - Wehi
Reindeer - Leinekia
Santa Claus Kanakaloka
Snow Hau Kea
Snowflake Hau puehuehu
Star - Hoku
CHRISTMAS PRESENT GAME
You will need
A prize wrapped in several layers of gift wrap and boxes (The more the merrier)
1 Pair of Gloves that will fit up to the largest hands of your guests (The bigger the funnier)
1 Hat (Santa hat, knit hat, or woven palm frond luau hat)
How to play
Have those who will be playing stand in a circle with the gloves, hat, and wrapped box placed in the center of the circle. The game begins by someone rolling the die. Each player in turn rolls the die once. If the player rolls a 3 (three) they will then pass the die to the player next to them, then hurry into the middle to put on the gloves and hat and start to unwrap the package. Players must move fast because the next player who rolls a 3 must pass the die and rush to the center where they will take the hat off of the person already unwrapping. The player already in the center must stop unwrapping immediately, take off the gloves, gives them to the next person who begins trying to open the present with the gloves on. The person bumped from the center returns to their spot in the circle. The game continues like this until the package is completely unwrapped. The last player unwrapping receives the prize. Keep in mind the trickier you wrap the gift the more fun it is to open!
|GRAB THE LUCKY CHRISTMAS GECKO BY THE
You will need
bandanas or T-shirts or paper tails
Santa Hats (optional)
How to play
Break your guests into teams of 3-5 people. Have the members on each team of 3-5 people hold on to each others waists or link elbows to create the lucky gecko. Put a Santa hat on the head of the first person and tuck a bandana or t-shirt or paper tail in the back pocket of the end person so it hangs out and acts as the gecko tail. The object of the game is to steal the tail of the other geckos while avoiding other geckos who are trying to steal your tail. Teams must stay linked to participate, no letting go to grab the tail. Only the first person can reach for the opponents tail. Once a teams tail has been stolen the team must go to the sideline. The last team to have a tail wins the title of the ultimate Lucky Gecko Tail Catcher and a prize.
You will need:
8 different individual serving size candies (Candy Cane, Chocolate Santa, M&Ms, Peanut Butter Cup, etc)
How to play
Have everyone who will play sit on the floor in a circle with the packaged candy in the middle of the circle. Go around the circle and have everyone say their name and how they know the host. The host then makes sure that everyone knows what candy is in the middle by introducing each piece of candy. The person to the hosts right begins by rolling the dice. If they roll a 7, they can take one of the candies from the middle. The die continues to go quickly around the circle while people keep picking up candy. When all of the candies are taken, people then can get other player's candy. In order to get their candy, they must state the person's first name and the name of the candy they hold. The player who rolls a 7 and matches the name of the candy and the person takes the other's candy. If they forget either name, they miss their turn and the dice goes to the next person and they continue to roll. One person can get more than one candy and people can hide the candy behind their back. The host calls the end of the game after 20 minutes or whenever they see fit. This is a great way of getting to know people's name and how to get your favorite candies!
HAWAII THEME CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS
(Air Dry Method)
You will need
one cup of fine salt
two cups of flour
half to one cup of water
8X10 Pieces of cardboard covered in wax paper
How to make them
In a large bowl mix salt and flour ingredients together. Gradually add 1/2 cup water and continue to mix. Keep adding water until desired consistency. Once you can roll it into a ball, knead it on the table for a few minutes, you may need to moisten it a little but don't make it too moist. Divide the dough ball into smaller balls. Keep all dough that is not being used covered with plastic wrap to prevent it from drying out. Roll out a dough ball with a rolling pin as if you were rolling pastry. When it is about 1/8" thick place your cookie cutters in and cut out. Don't forget to make a hole to hang your ornament from. Place the dough that has been cut with a cookie cutter on a piece of cardboard that has been covered with wax paper. Use food coloring to create several different batches of dough in a variety of colors so your guests can add colorful accents to their ornament. The different color dough can also be used without cookie cutters by molding the dough into different shapes to create ornaments or small figurines. Advise your guests when they get home to turn their ornament over several times a day to help speed up the drying process. It takes anywhere from 30-48 hours to completely dry depending on the size of the shape and the temperature of the room.
HAWAII THEME CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS
(Oven Bake Method)
You will need
two cups flour
one cup salt
one cup water
How to make them
In a large bowl mix salt and flour ingredients together. Gradually add 1/2 cup water and continue to mix. Keep adding water until desired consistency. Once you can roll it into a ball, knead it on the table for a few minutes, you may need to moisten it a little but don't make it too moist. Keep all dough that is not being used covered with plastic wrap to prevent it from drying out. Roll out a dough ball with a rolling pin as if you were rolling pastry. When it is about 1/8" thick place your cookie cutters in and cut out. Don't forget to make a hole to hang your ornament from. Place the dough that has been cut with a cookie cutter on a piece of aluminum foil. Use food coloring to create several different batches of dough in a variety of colors so your guests can add colorful accents to their ornament. The different color dough can also be used without cookie cutters by molding the dough into different shapes to create ornaments or small figurines.
Baking: Time varies based on thickness of ornament. Bake on a foil covered cookie sheet at 325 degrees for 1 1/2 hours - or until dry
Decorate: Let cool before you begin and paint with acrylic paints, glue on beads, buttons; etc. To make them last a long time, coat with acrylic varnish when everything is dry.
Decorate your Christmas tree in Hawaii theme ornaments and when someone wins a game allow them to choose an ornament from the tree to keep as their prize!
CHRISTMAS LUAU RECIPES
Items needed for each "Christmas Candle"
1 pineapple slice
2 maraschino cherries
1 candy mint leaf
1 leaf of lettuce
Place lettuce on plate, put pineapple slice on lettuce, put the cut end of the banana in hole of pineapple, top with cherry. Place mint leaf on side with another cherry. This can be made into a fun activity by putting out the ingredients and a completed example then have your luau attendees create their own. You can even have competitions to see who can create one the fastest.
Hawaiian Reindeer Snacks
2/3 cup creamy peanut butter or almond butter
2/3 cup honey
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla extract
4 cups regular oats, uncooked
1 cup unsalted macadamia nuts
1-1/2 cups candied pineapple chopped into small pieces
Combine peanut butter, honey, and cinnamon in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thoroughly heated (do not boil). Stir in vanilla. Spread oats in a lightly greased 15z10x1 inch jellyroll pan. Pour peanut butter mixture over oats; stir to coat evenly. Bake at 300 F for 35 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in macadamia nuts. Turn oven off and let cool in oven 1-1/2 hours with door closed, stirring occasionally. Remove from oven; stir in candied pineapple pieces. Makes 8 cups.
Mele Kalikimaka Punch
1 can frozen cranberry juice concentrate
1 can frozen pineapple concentrate
1 can cream of coconut
2 liters ginger ale soda
1 bottle sparkling mineral water
Pineapple sherbet balls
Mix all ingredients in a large punch bowl and serve!
Santa's Hat Ice Cream Float
1/2 gallon pineapple sherbet
1 bottle of ginger ale
1 can refrigerated instant whipped cream
Red decorator sugar crystals
8 long-stemmed maraschino cherries
Spoon 1 cup ice cream into each of 8 glasses or mugs; pour 1/2 cup ginger ale over each. Top each with whipped cream, colorful sugar crystals, and a cherry. Makes 8 servings.
Hawaiian Snowball Cookies
1-3/4 cups and 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups flaked coconut
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt then set aside. In a medium bowl cream the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg and vanilla until light and fluffy. Gradually blend in the flour mixture then mix in the coconut. Drop dough balls by teaspoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Cookies balls should be about 3 inches apart. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly toasted. Cool on wire racks.
Santas Favorite Hawaiian Trail Mix
Candied Pineapple Chunks
Mix and serve in a large bowl!
Crock Pot Guava Jelly Meatballs
1 1/2 cups chili sauce
1 cup guava jelly
1 to 3 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 pound lean ground beef
1 egg, lightly beaten
3 tablespoons fine dry bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon salt
Combine chili sauce, jelly, and mustard in Crock Pot and stir well. Cook, covered, on high while preparing meatballs. Combine remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly. Shape into 30 meatballs. Bake meatballs in a preheated 400 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes; drain well. Add meatballs to sauce, stir to coat, cover and cook on low for 6 to 10 hours. This is a tasty Hawaiian variation of a sweet sour meatball dish!
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