Sep 19, 2011
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Mikayla’s Birthday Luau

The BIG luau we’ve been planning all summer came and went with a success!  I think we were more excited about yesterday more than Mikayla was!  You know that excited feeling you got before the first day of school every year??  We had that on Saturday night!  We wanted to make sure Mikayla’s 5th birthday party was not the typical luau, yet kid friendly and personalized…here’s how it turned out!Guests entered to see the favor table…homemade “arare,” or Japanese Chex Mix for the adults and buckets of little goodies for each “keiki.”


Cones of arare and Maui Onion Kettle Chips were laid out for guests to snack on.  All the cones were cut from Hawaiian print paper.


The tables were covered with table cloths of our themed colors (fuchsia and teal) with Hawaiian print table runners.  Janet was able to snatch these up (along with fabric for sarongs) at the Garment District during her trip to LA.  (Woohoo!  What a steal compared to Joann Fabrics!)  A big thank you to my mom for sewing them for us!  

The beverage table was my favorite!…full of bright tropical colors.  Homemade Hawaiian fruit punch, Izze’s sparkling fruit juice – dressed up with drink parasols and colored straws, Tropical Punch Capri Sun for the keiki, iced Kona coffee for the adults, and water.
         

The dessert table was covered with many yummy treats!  Haupia (coconut pudding) made in individual serving cups, Rainbow Jello (at the request of Mikayla “because there are lots of rainbows in Hawaii, Mommy”) mochi (red bean, strawberry, and red bean with kinako), hula girl cake pops, pineapple cupcakes with coconut frosting (thanks Bakerella for the idea!), and a white cake with vanilla custard and mixed fruit, courtesy of Enez from CakeaBakin.  Check her out the next time you need a cake foor any occasion…we love her, her cakes, and her prices!

        

        

To add to the dessert table, Uncle Yoshi ran the shaved ice stand, AKA “Yoshi’s Surf Shack,” decked out to look like a tiki stand.  Here’s Uncle Yoshi hard at work!


Onto the luau buffet line…white rice, spam musubi, kalua pork, chicken katsu, macaroni salad, potato salad, lumpia, BBQ chicken skewers, and a fruit platter.

        

                                                                                                                           

The keiki were kept busy with a lei-making table, a tatoo station, water balloons (perfect for the beautiful day it turned out to be!), and a hula lesson/performance given by Mikayla’s hula teacher.  The girls were dressed up in pareos (sewn by Mom!) and the boys with Hawaiian straw hats…SOOOOO CUTE!


Next task…thank you cards!

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