Luau Party Decoration Ideas
You can easily transform any room into a heavenly Hawaiian scene with just a few decorations. Make your guests feel like they're truly entering into paradise by lighting the path to your front door with tiki torches and placing tiki statues in your entryway. Present each guest with a Hawaiian lei as they arrive. Invite them to sit down on a traditional lauhala mat as they enjoy appetizers at the coffee table.
You may even want to decorate with fresh ti leaves or orchid sprays to accent your tables. Or how about loose tropical orchids for your cocktails? Be sure to check out our assortment of Hawaiian Tableware and recipes as well as games and activities to keep your guests entertained.
Our luau party decorations page has many items that are reproductions of items coveted by collectors of Hawaiiana. Vintage hula lamps, posters and menu covers as well as tikis and hula dolls from Hawaii's golden age are quite collectable today.
The Hula Girl Lamp
The American public was introduced to the dancing hula girl lamp in the 1930s. The first hula girl lamps were made by Rogers and used as carnival prizes. The ingenious lamps were a success on the carnival circuit and were soon sold directly. Today an original Rogers hula lamp might sell for over a thousand dollars. Over the years the shades and bases have changed but the dancing hula lamp is still an endearing image in American pop culture and a great luau decoration.
The Dashboard Hula Doll
The dashboard hula doll can be traced to shortly after WWII. No one is sure who made the first one. The originals were imported to Hawaii from Japan and became collector's items. The hula dolls were constructed of two pieces held together by a spring hidden under a grass skirt. The wiggle dolls or 'nodders' became a fad in the late 50's when they were advertised in major automotive catalogs.
Print and textile art from the 1930s and 40s are extremely collectable today. Hawaiian vintage prints and aloha shirts sell for thousands. Two great aloha shirt artists to research would be John Meigs and Eugene Savage.