If you know me, you know that I love a good theme party. I love having a 4 and now 3 year old because they pick the funnest themes for their birthdays. Derek, the D of kd Closet, just turned 3 in July and wanted a Moana themed birthday party. I could have just purchased the package that includes the plates, cups, balloons and goodie bags with a picture of Moana, but that would have been too easy. So I planned a luau…
My absolute favorite part of a theme party is the clothing. Derek dressed as Maui and wore a leaf grass skirt (faux) and we covered his chest in temporary tribal tattoos. Kayla wore a Moana inspired dress. My husband and I wore tropical attire as well because I will make sure everyone in our household participates, even unenthusiastically.
Since most of the kids attending were between 2 and 4, we set up sprinklers and rented an inflatable water slide instead of having a pool party. Obviously the waterslide was a volcano with water “lava” flowing. We have our own little bounce house, slip n slide and swing set so we held the party in our backyard. We decorated with palm fronds and luau decorations that were mostly from the dollar store. We set out leis so all of the guests could in the luau mindset and these doubled as part of the party favors.
I love having photo booths at our parties, even though I think I use it more than any of the guests. We used a tropical beach backdrop and set out a Fuji Instax camera. If you are as old as me, you may remember using actual film to take pictures, except the Instax prints a mini picture on the spot instead of needing to take your roll of film to be developed. The kids at the party however, were a bit confused, but loved having a physical picture to keep.
We served pizza, subs, Hei Hei chicken bites, Maui Onion dip, and a cupcake birthday cake that was circular (sort of) and decorated with the heart of Tefiti swirl. We had a pineapple shaped pinata that we filled with candy and Moana themed favors like stamps and stickers.
Finally, instead of traditional goodie bags, our guests were given a Maui inspired tee shirt, the kd Closet Etsy shop bestseller. Click HERE to order your own Maui shirt. Each shirt is custom made to order so you can choose a different color or size or personalize with a name. Visit our Etsy Shop or send me an email to create your own tee. I can even work with you to create customized favors like tees, bags or cups for your little one’s birthday party!