Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Catering A 50th Anniversary Luau

Fond memories of Hawaiian celebrations motivated Ruth and Wayne to nix the idea of a stuffy, fussy, gold leafed 50th Anniversary celebration and embrace a colorful tropical themed event. Having catered for the family many years, it was a great honor to be part of such a special occasion.

The Fresh Ideas Crew prepared salads and cooked on site. Guests enjoyed delicious grilled Teriyaki Chicken and Kalua Pork served from a theme decorated buffet. The following menu is fresh and simple, perfect for any Luau Style entertaining.

50th Anniversary Menu for 120

Tropical Fruit Array,
Island Fresh Spinach Dip with Vegetable Sticks,
Pacific Shrimp Cocktail,
Spicy Mango Cheese Ring with Crackers

Buffet Dinner
Hearts of Palm, Jicama and Papaya Salad
with Coconut Green Onion Dressing,
Sesame Noodle Salad,
Teriyaki Chicken with Grilled Pineapple,
Hawaiian Rice 
Kalua Pork with Guava Habanero Sauce,
Assorted Rolls

Banana Cake

Plate from the dinner buffet and server, Olivia, setting shrimp out on the appetizer table.

Guest tables are islands of color dressed in poppy, coral, lime and hot pink. The canopy offered shelter from the sun. The temperature soared in the 100's, but the relaxed setting kept guests comfortable.

Celebrating 50 years of marriage, Wayne and Ruth relax and have fun with family and friends. 

The festivities included renewing of vows and inspirational words from those who have been closest to them. 

Blessed with a family of musicians, the entertainment was home grown.

Tropical touches on cake tiers blended tradition to theme. The banana cake is resting on glass vases of various heights. 

The vases hold sea shells I collected and use for tropical events. Other desserts would also do well presented on clear plates over these same vases.

Very clever, Ruth created these darling treat bags with fun little things to play beach party at home. Island inspired goodies are fairly easy to find in party supply stores or on line to make your own great giveaways.  Easy and breezy-sea shells, leis, fish net, Hawaiian print fabric, bamboo items, palm leaves are all affordable items, perfect for low cost party decor.

A few simple theme props set the stage and entrance to the backyard event. A collection of island and beach items were organized to create a designated back drop for memorable photos.

While Polynesian style is most often reserved for birthday, retirement and graduation parties, a Luau will add delicious fun for any special event. Have you ever hosted a tropical theme event? I'd love to hear your ideas!