If you are going on a Hawaiian
honeymoon or simply wish you could, you may want to have a Hawaiian
rehearsal dinner to kick off your wedding festivities. A rehearsal
dinner can and should be a relaxing time to celebrate with friends and
family before the panicky whirlwind of the wedding sets in. A luau is
the perfect way to accomplish this.
Unlike weddings, rehearsals can usually be planned with limited
professional assistance. A luau is especially easy to plan because
there are so many free Hawaiian resources available. A good place to
begin your research is to peruse the Internet. A multitude of sites
are devoted to Hawaii and related subjects. Other sources of
information are people who have visited Hawaii. They may have ideas
you can use or may even lend you some memorabilia to set the mood at
The easiest way to convey a Hawaiian atmosphere is to eliminate
stress. No one is stressed at a beachside luau on the Hawaiian
Islands. This no-stress theme should begin with the rehearsal dinner
invitations. Don’t send formal engraved invitations for a casual luau.
Make the invitations funky and colorful or send a “message in a
bottle”. Don’t forget to invite your guests to wear casual, Hawaiian
attire. Once the party actually begins, continue that carefree
Hawaiian spirit. An easy way to convey an aloha feeling is to host the
party outside under the open sky. Line the path to the dining area
with tiki torches and play relaxing Hawaiian music. Assign someone to
greet each guest with a lei, the traditional Hawaiian hello, or drape
a lei on each chair. Silk leis are readily available and inexpensive
at party stores and through the web and catalogs. In fact, many
Hawaiian decorations are easy to find and easy on the pocketbook. The
Oriental Trading Company offers a plethora of Hawaiian kitsch at a
reasonable price. If you live near a beach or know someone who does,
you can find decorations for free. Sand makes a great anchor for thin
taper candles and seashells look fabulous in a bowl with floating
candles. Miniature sand dollars and shells are also available at craft
stores. Glue these in the center of colorful ribbons for playful
napkin rings. Use your imagination and don’t be afraid to go
overboard! Save the formality and elegance for the wedding.
At a rehearsal dinner, food is of the utmost importance. Hawaiian food
is tasty and fun to eat. Serve the traditional roasted pig with an
apple in its mouth if you want to go all out. If that’s not feasible,
honey-roasted ham or Hawaiian chicken is just as good and easier to
deal with. Serve a large green salad and fresh vegetables. A pasta
salad is also a nice addition. Make a serve-yourself drink bar with
plenty of fruity punches. Don’t forget the tiny umbrellas for drinks!
For dessert, serve coconut cream pie and lots of fresh fruit. After
dinner is over, start a game of limbo or just get down to some Island
tunes. Whatever you do, have a blast! Aloha!
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