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How to Host the Ultimate Hawaiian Dinner Party

Your guide to throwing a Hawaiian-inspired get together no matter where you are.

It’s no secret that one of my favorite things to do while on Island is host friends and family for dinner parties. I want to share with you some of the key elements that create a magical Hawaiian-inspired evening no matter where you are.

To set the mood, let’s start with the lighting. Tiki torches are a must-have for any Hawaiian-themed gathering. Their flickering flames will cast a warm glow and create an intimate ambiance. Strategically place them around your outdoor space to create a magical atmosphere as the night unfolds.

table set with colorful tropical flowers

Next, let’s talk about tablescapes. Opt for island-inspired décor that brings the vibrant colors of Hawaii to your table. Use tropical flowers such as anthuriums, orchids, and bird of paradise as centerpieces. I like to give a nod to the surrounding environment by incorporating beachy touches like the rattan placemats and blue details you see here.

wooden round table set with white tropical flowers

Prefer a more neutral palette? Utilize the same tropical flowers in white for a classic, chic look while still incorporating a Hawaiian flair. I loved the look of the simple white floral arrangements paired with sea urchin-like napkin rings and pale blue china pictured above.  

two tropical cocktails

No Hawaiian dinner party would be complete without tropical cocktails. Whip up a classic like Mai Tais or get creative and concoct your own signature drink that embodies the tropical paradise vibes. Garnish with fresh fruit or edible flowers to make them truly Instagram-worthy.

spicy salmon in waffle cones

When it comes to the cuisine, go all out with Hawaiian-inspired dishes. Start with pupus, the Hawaiian version of appetizers, featuring delicacies like poke and grilled shrimp skewers. Pictured above are delicious spicy salmon cones – have fun with it! For the main course, consider serving a traditional Kalua pig roast or a mouthwatering plate of Hawaiian-style grilled fish accompanied by coconut rice and macaroni salad. Your guests will be transported to the islands with every delectable bite.

To take advantage of the beautiful weather, arrange for al fresco dining. Set up a communal table with comfortable seating. Encourage your guests to mingle and connect as they indulge in the delicious feast, embracing the spirit of ohana (family) that is so cherished in Hawaiian culture.

people gathered around a table outside as the sun sets

Lastly, don’t forget the Hawaiian music! Create a playlist featuring traditional ukulele melodies and lively hula tunes. The soothing sounds will transport your guests straight to the islands, adding the perfect finishing touch to your Hawaiian dinner party.

In conclusion, hosting the ultimate Hawaiian dinner party is all about embracing the vibrant colors, flavors, and traditions of the islands. From the flickering tiki torches to the island-inspired tablescapes, tropical cocktails, mouthwatering cuisine, pupus, al fresco dining, and soulful Hawaiian music, every element contributes to an unforgettable experience. So gather your friends, put on your aloha spirit, and let the magic of Hawaii transform your gathering into an evening filled with laughter, love, and memories that will last a lifetime. Aloha!