I decorated my basement "party room" with palm trees and colorful paper lanterns hanging from the ceiling.
And here is a closer look at the table:
I found a lot of the Hawaiian decorations at the Dollar Tree, including the colorful tiki water glasses in the picture, the hula dancer napkins, and the hibiscus "placemats" at each place, which also served as the menu.
First, we have the savories
(pineapple rounds and cucumber pua (flowers))
(kalua pig on Hawaiian rolls)
(fried rice in dollar store bowls)
I served tea in my clear crystal shell teacups (in addition, every place setting had clear etched glass plates I found in a local thrift store)
For some added tropical flair, I served a guava flavored blooming green tea. Slightly sweet, but very good, plus it is always fun to serve a blooming tea!
Next I served the scone course, tropical melody (dried tropical fruits with bananas and coconut milk) and white chocolate macadamia nut, with pineapple jam and clotted cream of course!
Taking a step back (as we get ready for dessert) here is the "centerpiece" of my Hawaiian decorations, a vintage 1970s Hawaiian travel poster from American Airlines (I borrowed it from my mother) set on top of my basement "server," which was also decked out with a hula skirt!
And now for my personal favorite, dessert!
(Blue Hawaii cupcakes, mini pineapple upside down cakes, and hua'ai (fruit)).
While we were waiting for guests to arrive (and for me to finish my party prep work--one day I will finish on schedule), I served Blue Hawaiians in tiki glasses.
And one last view of the room before I say goodnight:
|Aloha ʻoe, aloha ʻoe||Farewell to thee, farewell to thee|
|E ke onaona noho i ka lipo||The charming one who dwells in the shaded bowers|
|One fond embrace,||One fond embrace,|
|A hoʻi aʻe au||'Ere I depart|
|Until we meet again||Until we meet again|
|ʻO ka haliʻa aloha i hiki mai||Sweet memories come back to me|
|Ke hone aʻe nei i||Bringing fresh remembrances|
|Kuʻu manawa||Of the past|
|ʻO ʻoe nō kuʻu ipo aloha||Dearest one, yes, you are mine own|
|A loko e hana nei||From you, true love shall never depart|
~Chorus, Aloha 'Oe, by Queen Liliuokalani