Aloha! Decoration Ideas for Your Luau!

by Emma W.R. on August 17, 2016

I love kitsch! The tackier the better. I have a soft spot for collecting Hawaiian tiki glasses and hula girls. You may not share the same hobby as me, but you can surely throw a luau with key decorations. Follow me to your very own island of pink flamingos and coconut daydreams.


  • Inexpensive bamboo roll out fences will set the background for any luau.
  • Secure a grass skirt to any table to dress it up. Set out pineapples and other tropical fruits.
  • A Tiki bar is a MUST! Make fruity drinks and serve with fun coconut glasses and tiny umbrellas.
  • You can’t have enough hula girls. Paper cutouts are available at your local party store.
  • Hand out lays when guests first arrive to welcome them to your luau.


  • Think tropical and greens. Lush exotic flowers and big green leaves set a colorful mood.
  • Hang sheer curtains around to give off that island feel and drift in the breeze.
  • Paper lanterns and string flowers can dress up any backyard.
  • Tiki torches of varying sizes will invite guests to stay into the evening, plus keep bugs away.


  • Don’t spend money on ceramic statues. Unless you already have them like me… make your own. Use corrugated cardboard, cut out shapes to mimic your very own tiki god.
  • Don’t forget to play some Blue Hawaii by Elvis, Don Ho or Hawaiian steel guitar for backyard ambience.
  • Also, ask guests to wear their favorite Hawaiian shirt or dress.


  • Purchase simple roll up beach mats and fill a pail with sand. Insert a lightweight umbrella for guest to have their own personal oasis.
  • Relax, unwind and let the breeze take you away to a tropical paradise.


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Randi March 24, 2017 at 11:17 am

As Spring is once again approaching, I can’t wait to try out some of these ideas as we eventually head into summer! Thanks for sharing!


Macy February 13, 2017 at 3:45 pm

Such cute ideas! Love the cardboard tikis–they look so good! Make sure you put them sheltered from possible rain!


Carol October 12, 2016 at 8:39 am

So loving all of these luau theme ideas. I’m using them all in my luau. Thanks!!


Coteaz Logameyer October 11, 2016 at 2:11 pm

Those tiki idols made of cardboard are amazing, never thought of that. Does it take very long?


Mina September 29, 2016 at 10:10 am

I’m loving these ideas for a Hawaiian luau. Sometimes in the summer, we like to string lights or paper lanterns in our gazebo. Tiki torches definitely add a special touch to your parties and help light up the night. Decorating tables with pretty hibiscus flowers scattered around also look beautiful.


Lisa Perez September 23, 2016 at 10:00 am

Decorating for a luau is a lot of fun. I have a tiki bar in my yard and I usually decorate it with lights , cute signs behind it and cute cups with straws. The torches you can light up, makes it look like your in an island. You can decorate the tables with straw and they have all kinds of fun stuff to put around the yard. When your guests come, present them with a flower lei.


Tina M. September 13, 2016 at 3:16 pm

I attended a luau party a relative threw a few years ago. It was amazing! Many of their ideas came from Pinterest and looked exactly like the real thing. Unfortunately, I’m not as gifted when it comes to making my own decorations. I purchase them ready-made at the party store.


Felicia September 1, 2016 at 9:45 am

Luaus are such fun and easy themes for any summer party. I’ve had a few – saves me money reusing the decorations! 😉


Sasha August 22, 2016 at 10:28 am

A luau theme is one of the easier ones to execute because there’s so many different things you can do for decorations. It is definitely one of my go to party themes.


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