We had a last minute graduation Luau last weekend at the house and this is what I came up with in the few days I had to prepare for it.
I have collected many things like trays, glassware, building materials, wood, types of line, etc for a while now and it makes such a huge difference when party planning. You can always use things like trays and vases for building blocks to your themed event. There is so much less stress when you have basic versatile items! Ideally it would be great to have it all organized in some kind of "event" shelf or cabinet, but naturally all of my things are scattered around every corner of the house, so I will be working on a specific area for them later....
To clarify a few things that may look confusing,
1. The Tiki Torches ($4 at Big Lots): I shoved them in some old topiary stands we had and covered the stands with sago palm leaves. I just tied the middle of each palm to the topiary with a green twine and they kind of just sat there at the edge of the pool. Took 5 minutes each and helped to expand the theme to the other side of the backyard. You may want to wear gloves...not that I had any bad experiences or anything.
2. Hanging Flower Fishing Nets $6 (Dollar Tree flowers, 99c Store nets): Basically on the backside of the patio cover I hung nets with small upholstery tacks (why do I even have upholstery tacks?!) and this is the ridiculous part.... I individually sewed on each flower...Took forever but I loved it. I tried other things but nothing looked as great as sewing did. I just did a quick whipstitch but every new flower you have to cut it and restart and UGH! I'd never seen it before and thought it was fun looking, everyone loved it!
3. Surfboard & Hanging Lanterns (My board and $8 of lanterns at Target and 99c store): FISHING LINE FISHING LINE FISHING LINE! My secret weapon for ANYTHING is 60+ pound fishing line! You guys can do whatever you imagine with it. It doesn't clash with anything because its clear but best of all its strong. I hung lanterns over the pool with it attached to a weight on the wall, and tied to a support bridge metal thing inside the gutter on the house. Just make sure its high enough that no one decapitates themselves walking into it, because it is clear!
4. Leis & bamboo in the kitchen ($2 at the 99c Store): SO easy if you have pendant lights above your kitchen counters you can kind of make a "tiki bar" esque thing out of very light materials like bamboo. I've had the bamboo forever, just extended it to the length I needed and tied it in three parts. Then tied it to the pendant light cords! You can probably be more creative with this like adding little signs that say Aloha or whatever.
I hope this possibly inspires you to do a luau, or it deters you from having a luau! Either way I understand, thanks for reading!