Renee’s 15th birthday luau was a blast, and I owe a gigantic “THANK YOU” to everyone for your ideas!
The whole family worked together and had a lot of fun choosing, cutting up, and preparing the food.
We had fruit kabobs. Simply cut fruits into large bite sizes, slide them on a skewer, and drizzle them with a little baker’s dark chocolate. They were a huge hit!
Mark was in charge of the grill for the weekend, and he made a fabulous honey-dijon chicken that was absolutely lip-smacking good!
We also grilled some fruit and veggie kabobs. I went all out and bought 3 different colors of bell peppers. I know!
In addition to the grilled chicken and kabobs, and the chocolate fruit kabobs, we had pineapple bake (thank you, Granny), the avocado dip I found on Pinterest and chips, and fresh sliced raw veggies and pineapple. There is just no comparison between fresh sliced pineapple and canned pineapple. Heavenly!
Renee and I decorated the tables with flip-flop tablecloths (a steal from Old Time Pottery), luau hats and mini sand toys (picked up from the Dollar Tree), and little Mason jars with sand in the bottom and fake flickering candles.
What is a luau without leis? Leis for everyone!
We made little flower clips for the ladies of all ages…
We also had luau hats for all of the studly little men and the studly grown men. Look how adorable our dear friend Gabriel is.
Tiki torches and sand castles are must-haves!
One of my favorite foods at the party…cake! Mark made a homemade vanilla sponge cake. I iced it with homemade whipped cream, and put a generous amount of sliced fresh strawberries between the layers. A little colored sugar for the top and adorable drink umbrellas to top it off. It was DE-LI-CIOUS!
What is a birthday luau without a limbo game? No where near as hilarious, that’s what! Yes, I limboed as well, and I surprised myself. I did not land flat on my back! Score one for mom. :) Hannah (9) pictured below, and Emily Grace (11) were the best at it.
At one point we brought Emily Grace’s (11) beam out of the garage. I am not sure why, but I am oh so glad we did. The kids were cute. The parents were hilarious!
Every gathering is a perfect chance for a game of football. Out of nowhere 7 year old Olivia streaks by, snatches the ball from the unsuspecting guys, and runs it back for the touchdown. The crowd goes wild!
At the end of the evening you have a very happy 15 year old and a worn out but happy mom.
All for God’s glory,
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