How to Plan the Best Kids Luau Party

How to Plan the Best Kids Luau Party

If you’re throwing a beach or Luau themed party and don’t know where to start, then you’ve come to the right place.  We have ideas to plan the perfect kid approved party. We did this party with children aged 5-12 and everyone had a blast.


On a  budget?  You do not need to go crazy with decorations.  We used flowered plates and napkins and bought green and pink table-cloth. On the tables we used flower petals. We also had large blow up palm trees and some beach balls around. We purchased flower clips for each of the girls and greeted each of our guests with a lei.  We played Hawaiian music in the background. We had to have our party inside due to unexpected rain, but we did plan on having tiki torches outside.  Have a big budget, you can add a tiki bar for punch.


Food  is an important part of any party.  When planning a kids party it can be tough, because kids are picky and hard to please.  These recipes below have been kid tested and approved.

Cookies- Cookies are always a big hit with kids.  We made starfish, dolphin and palm tree cookies and the kid ate them up.  We also made small shells for the pudding (we will go over that later)The recipe listed below is great to use with cookie cutters and they don’t spread.  They are also not as sweet as sugar cookies, so when you add the icing it won’t be over the top sweet.

1 cup butter (2 sticks)

1 cup sugar

3 oz cream cheese

1/4 teaspoon vanilla

1 egg yolk

2 1/4 cups flour

Cream butter, sugar, cream cheese add vanilla and egg yolk then add flour a little at a time.  Do not over mix.  roll dough into ball, if it is too sticky add a little flour.  Roll out and use cookie cutters.  Bake at 325 for 10-12 minutes or until the bottom of the cookie is golden brown

Icing Recipe 

This is the easiest icing recipe I have ever made.  Just place a couple of spoonfuls of confectioners sugar into a bowl add a small amount of milk.  Mix it until the consistency is thick but can still run off the spoon.  It shouldn’t be watery. If it’s too watery add more confectioners sugar, if it’s too thick add more milk. You can add a tiny bit of almond or vanilla extract for flavor.  Add food coloring to make the colors.  We used brown and green for the palm trees, blue for the dolphins, we made a purple color for the shells.  For the starfish we did not use icing, we melted chocolate and dipped the back on them in it.  We also purchased edible eyes to put on the dolphins and starfish.


Sand pudding

Ingredients : instant banana pudding, smashed up sugar cookies, mini shells or crab cookies ( we used cookie cutters to make the shell and crab cookies)

Other Materials: Sand bucket and shovel

Make the pudding according to the package, the amount of pudding needed depends on how many kids you have.  We used 8 packages for about 20 kids

Purchase a package of  sugar cookies.  Place 3-4 in a Zip-Loc bag and roll over it with a rolling-pin until they are all smashed up and looks like sand.  You can also use graham crackers.

Optional: use chocolate molds to make small beach ball, sunglasses chocolates to add to the pudding.

Clean the beach bucket.  Layer pudding, smashed up cookies and shells and crabs until you fill the bucket.  Serve with the shovel.

Beach Jell-O

This is one of the kids favorites








Ingredients: Blue Jell-O, smashed up cookies (sugar or graham crackers), Teddy Graham’s, fish jelly candy, colored fruit roll up

Other Items: clear plastic cups and drink umbrella

Make Jell-O according to the package. Fill the cups a little less than half way fill.  Place them in the refrigerator to let them settle a little bit.  Once they are a little settled place the jelly fish inside.  Once Jell-O is completely set, add some of the smashed up cookies.  Also lay a piece of the fruit roll up on top of the cookie crumbs, lay the teddy graham on top and place a drink umbrella in.  Optional add a beach ball or sunglass chocolate using the chocolate mold.

Pigs in a blanket

Buy cocktail franks and wrap them with crescent roll dough, bake at 350 or until golden brown.  You can also buy regular hot dogs (a little cheaper), cut them into thirds and wrap them with the dough.


Luau Punch

We served our punch in a seashell punch bowl

Buy some fresh strawberries and blueberries, wash them, cut strawberries in half.  Place in freezer bag and freeze them. Buy some blue Hawaiian Punch and place in a punch bowl add the frozen fruit.

When you are ready to serve your food and some of your smashed up cookies (sand) on all the cookies as garnish.

We also served watermelon, kids love watermelon


Photo Booth

Photo Booths are so much fun at parties.  They are also very easy to make. They are always the kids first stop when I throw parties.

You need an empty wall or if you are doing your party outside you can use the fence. All of the items we purchased were available at Party City, Amazon and Oriental Trading. Buy a beach themed wall scene and use packing tape to tape it up.  For decorations we purchased two blow up palm trees, cut out shark mouth.  What’s a photo booth without props.  We used grass skirts, straw hats, leis, large sunglasses, beach balls, beach buckets, coconut bras and shovels.  The kids had a blast picking out items for their picture.


We purchased a limbo stick and played the limbo with the kids ( Song Choice Limbo Rock)

Freeze Dance ( play music while the kids dance, when the music stops the kids have to stop dancing.  If someone is moving after the music stops they are out.  Last kid standing wins)

Musical Chairs

Conga Line

Outside Shaving Cream Twister.  Play the game Twister the usual way but have shaving cream on each of the colored circles.  Messy but fun.

Water Balloon or Water Gun Fight

Arts and Crafts 

Sand Art

Temporary Tattoos (summer themed)

Goodie Bags

If you are having a birthday party and need a goody bag idea, purchase small beach buckets, fill with a pair of sunglasses, bubbles, candy or goldfish

Overall, Luau parties are a great theme for a party. Throw one to bring in the beginning of summer, to end summer or as a birthday party.  I recommend this party for ages 5-12