Is your backyard just begging for a summer throw down? Bring the islands of Hawaii to you by hosting a Luau that’ll have you dancing the Hula on into the night. Recreating an island paradise is all in the details. Accents like seashells, banana leaves, palm fronds, bamboo, and teak combine with inexpensive, disposable party supplies from The Dollar Tree. Channel your inner beach bum by first assembling the table. A basic white tablecloth serves as the foundation. Purchase grass Hula skirts and create a custom table skirt full of texture. Straight, T-pins are ideal for securing the skirts to the tablecloth. For protection against spills, a plastic tablecloth featuring a pink flamingo print is just the right amount of cheesy. Look for tablecloths that have printed edges rather than a full print. Drawing inspiration from the lush forests of the islands, tropical foliage like banana leaves and palm fronds serve as both a table runner and placemats. If you happen to be from the South, our native “Cowcumber Tree” or “Magnolia Macrophylla” is the perfect substitute. The massive leaves are almost identical to banana leaves. Ferns are right at home amongst their larger counterparts and really shine against the white backdrop. Build the centerpiece up from there by using edibles. Tropical fruits are not only great for eating but also for showcasing as a centerpiece. Pineapples are naturally sculptural and visual appealing. Scatter them the length of the table. Oranges, lemons, and mangos add pops of color and pleasant citrus scents. Disposable dinnerware in beachy colors is a must for outdoor entertaining. Pair those with oversize white plates as a charger. A Luau wouldn’t be complete without the right menu. Hawaiin Pork Sliders and “Porktinis” are slowly simmered with pineapple, brown sugar, Korean marinade, and orange. Serve on sweet Hawaiian rolls or over Coconut-Jasmine Rice for a party ready showstopper that can only be overshadowed by some killer Hula skills. Heavy-duty plastic glassware forms the basis for a cocktail area. Finish off the party decor with extra seashells, tikis, and netting. Casual is the mood of the day, and I love the idea of a party that’s got just the right amount of beachy vibe. Get ready to say Aloha to a summer party your guest won’t soon forget.