Tropical LUAU party ideas - decorations, favors, treats, photo booth - Hawaiian theme

Last Sunday we hosted a luau or Hawaiian themed bingo at our local retirement residence.

I had the best time planning this fun event. Here are some ideas for decorating, party favors, photobooth, treats and more.

We brought everything and I couldn't do it without my two helpers.

We started with yellow table covers and added a large balloon to each table. I found the balloons on clearance for 70% off at Michael's! I bought two flamingos and two pineapples.

Leaves and flowers found on Amazon.

Pineapple bags HERE

Water bottles HERE

Dipped Oreos HERE

Chocolate candies HERE

Cupcakes HERE

For the photo booth I used a paper backdrop from my photography days.

My original plan was to use a teal plastic table cover. I had the gold fringe curtain leftover from New Years Eve. 

I found the ALOHA balloons at Target for $5. I loved the size. Perfect for a photo booth.

The tropical trees were saved from a 11 years ago!!!! Yes, I'm a pack rat. Lol. From my son's 5th pirate themed birthday. 

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Fancy DIPPED OREOS - How to tutorial with silicone mold - PARTY FAVORS - Wedding, birthdays, events - DIY no bake treats

I love making dipped oreos -  Patriotic,  teacher appreciationbasketball partyanniversary, Valentine's daymini oreos, EVEN on a stick but I've never used a mold. To be honest I think it's way too much chocolate BUT they look so pretty. My boys think they look like hockey pucks and my youngest could only take a few bites.

With all that said, I still made some for three different events. They all turned out amazing and everyone oooh'd and ahhh'd over them. Some said they looked too pretty to eat and that's probably a good thing. :)

I found a silicone baking mold online and they came in a pack of two.

I melted candy melts in a bowl in the microwave. Microwaved for 40 seconds, moved the melts around with a spoon and microwave again for 20 more seconds.

 They are usually pretty soft at this point and just need to stir until smooth. IF NOT, microwave for another 20-30 seconds.

I didn't need to add any coconut oil like I did for dipped nutter butters.

Add a spoonful of melted candy melts into the bottom of the mold. It's just enough to cover the bottom. Press the Oreo in the center of the mold but not too hard. You don't want the cookie to show through.

Use another spoonful to cover the top of the Oreo and spread out the candy melts over the cookie.

Next hold the edges of the mold and lightly tap the mold on the counter to get all the air bubbles out.

In the process the cookie also comes to the top.

 After I'm sure all or most of the air bubbles are out I use the spoon to gently press the cookie back down.

Tap the mold one more time to get the top to even out.

Place in the freezer for about 10-15 mins. Pop from mold and let sit until back to room temperature before decorating.

I made these for a luau party after I made some mini luau candies.

They were the perfect size for the top and turned out so cute!

I made these for a co-worker's birthday and put them in a cute take out box that matched one of the colors of the confetti sprinkles. 

And I made these for a friend's bridal shower.

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Easy CUPCAKE decorating - no decorating tip needed to make them look awesome - less icing and LOTS of sprinkles

We recently had a bake sale for our local library and were talking about cupcakes. One of the volunteers kept saying she would bring cupcakes but couldn't make the icing fancy or pretty looking. I was talking about decorating tips but it's really a lot of icing. The day of the bake sale she showed up with her cupcakes and they looked fabulous!!! They were the most popular by kids and adults.

She did two different color themes with blue and pink and mixed a bunch of different sprinkles together for each color. 

Instead of blue and pink I called mermaid and unicorn. 

I'm throwing a luau party at the retirement residence this weekend and a lot of them can't have too much sugar. It's a lot of sprinkles but probably less sugar than a mound of icing.

 In a small mixing bowl I added orange, yellow, and pink sanding sugar and crystal sugar, light pink and yellow dragees, Valentine's day mix of nonpareils, and a mix of yellow, white, pink, and orange (I picked out all the green) jimmies. It was kinda fun just grabbing different sprinkles and adding a little of this and a little of that. In the end sprinkle mixture reminded me of pink lemonade.

I did use a round icing tip to start. This way I would apply about the same amount of icing.

Smoothing the icing out to a thin layer and closest to the edge without getting it on the cupcake liner.

Dip or lightly tap each cupcake in the bowl of sprinkles until all the icing is covered.

I found these cute flamingo baking cups and toppers at Micheal's.

They turned out so cute and all the residents loved them!!

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