As you may know, one of my favorite things to do while in Hawaii is host friends and family for dinner parties. It’s a great way to enjoy the flavors of the island, the beautiful weather, and connect with loved ones.
At my most recent gathering, we opted for al fresco dining to enjoy the tropical breeze. This season has brought its fair share of rain, making our evening under the clear sky a stroke of good luck.
For the table, I went for a blend of simplicity and sophistication. Inspired by the vibrant hues of a Hawaiian sunset, the delicate flower arrangements tied in shades of pink and orange. Woven rattan placemats set the table, accented by blue and gold china.
We can’t forget the cocktails! Featuring a specialty cocktail is a fun way to tie in the theme of the party. Pictured above is the Ilse of Fiji – a delicious blend of rum, citrus, and dry Curaçao. It was a total hit! See the recipe below – I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
1.5oz Plantation 3 Star Rum
.75 oz Lime
.5oz Dry Curaçao
.5oz Plantation Isle of Fiji Rum or Gold to dark rum
- Pour all contents (except for the Isle of Fiji Rum) into a shaker
- Add ice and shake vigorously
- Double strain into a rocks glass over ice
- Float the Isle of Fiji Rum on top
- Garnish with an edible flower
At the end of the day, the highlight of this dinner party was spending time with family and old friends. We had so much fun together, recalling fond memories and looking forward to the new ones we would make this year.
Until next time, aloha.