Are you simultaneously looking to celebrate the upcoming arrival of a little one on the way while desperately needing a relaxing, tropical getaway? If so, you should throw a luau baby shower for your little coconut! A luau-themed shower is perfect for the spring and summer, when the weather is warm and sunny and reminiscent of a beautiful Hawaiian day. Plus, after months of being cooped up in our houses, a mommy-to-be and all of her loved ones deserve some rest and relaxation, and what’s more relaxing than a good old-fashioned and simple luau baby shower right in your very own living room or backyard?
To have the perfect luau baby shower, you need creative decorations and party supplies, a delicious menu, fun games and party favors, some crafty invitations, and plenty of leis and grass skirts because it’s fun to dress up at a theme party!
So, after reviewing this baby shower idea guide, you’ll see how easy it is to plan and have a luau baby shower that will convey the feel of an island getaway, be memorable for all in attendance, and be a special way to celebrate mommy and her bundle of joy.
Luau Baby Shower Decorations
1. Tiki Torch Lights
You can set up solar-powered or LED tiki torch lights around the party area. These beautiful lights will illuminate the party space and give everyone that luau feel, especially as it gets later in the evening and on into the night.
If they are available at your local grocery store, real coconuts can be a nice decoration to place on the food tables. Just make sure that they are stable and secure on any tabletop surface so that they will not roll off.
3. Lanterns and Streamers
String up some colorful lanterns and streamers to add that tropical pop of color to your baby shower. These lanterns and streamers can also be backdrops and make the perfect backgrounds for photos! Orange, turquoise, bright yellow, and lime green usually make a nice color palette for a luau baby shower, but feel free to get creative and create your own color scheme for the party! You can also string up some artificial lei flowers in place of the traditional crepe streamers if you would like to.
Being away from the beach doesn’t mean you can’t have a surfboard. You can buy an actual surfboard, make one from an ironing board, or buy one that is purpose-built as wall décor. Just prop the board against the wall for all your guests to see. This unique décor will make you feel like you’re in a Hawaiian surf shop!
5. Table Skirts
Hang a raffia or grass skirt around the perimeter of the food, dining, and/or gift tables. This is not only a clever décor idea, but it’s also really cute and festive.
6. Pineapple Centerpiece Vase
Hollow out a real pineapple and place colorful, tropical (real or artificial) flowers inside of it. This is a wonderful and creative tabletop centerpiece that will leave your guests in awe.
7. Inflatable Palm Trees
Set up inflatable palm trees around the party area. These blow-up palm trees will add a quirky and tropical flair to your luau baby shower. However, if you’re feeling a little more fancy, you can get an LED lighted palm tree as a part of your outdoor décor .
8. Plumeria Flowers
Plumeria flowers are used to make traditional Hawaiian leis. You can simply purchase some artificial plumeria flowers and place them on the food, gift, or dining tables as decoration!
9. “Aloha” Script Balloon
Script balloons are very trendy right now, so why not get one that reads “Aloha” to fit in with the theme of your luau baby shower?
10. Luau-Themed Photo Backdrop
Baby showers mean pictures and lots of them! Consider getting a luau-themed backdrop to take lots of photos in front of to create lots of memories!
11. Luau-Themed Photo Props
If you’re taking photos at the luau baby shower, you need some cute and funny luau-themed photo props!
12. “Aloha Baby” Banner
String up a pretty and welcoming “Aloha Baby” banner at the luau baby shower!
13. Luau Baby Shower Welcome Sign
Welcome your baby shower guests with a customizable luau-themed sign! A welcome sign will also make a great keepsake from the luau baby shower!
14. Tabletop Tiki Hut Stand
A tabletop tiki hut stand really conveys a luau theme, and it can dress up the food or gift table!
Luau Baby Shower Favors
15. Macadamia Nut Cookies
Macadamia nut cookies are a popular (and delicious) cookie in Hawaii. They are also pretty easy to make and cheap to buy from the grocery store. If you do make them yourself, you can get creative and add extra ingredients like white chocolate chips, shredded coconut, and chocolate fudge. You might even want to get a pineapple or palm tree shaped cookie cutter to maintain the luau theme! Hand these cookies out to guests in paper treat bags or in cellophane bags for a super sweet party favor! Just be sure if any guests have nut allergies before offering these cookies as favors.
16. Fresh Pineapples and Coconuts
Fresh fruit may be an odd party favor, but it’s the perfect party favor for a luau baby shower! You can simply give any uneaten coconuts or pineapples to party guests. These party favors may not last forever, but they sure are delicious!
To convey that tropical luau feel, every guest should be adorned with a colorful flower lei upon arrival, but leis make for a perfect party favor as well. You may even consider giving away lei wristbands, flower crowns, and a flower hair accessory as favors to your guests who have all come to celebrate mommy and her baby.
18. Floating Flower Candles
Candle lovers would gladly accept a candle as a party favor, but anyone would love floating flower candles! These aesthetically-pleasing and elegant candles are usually reasonably priced, or you can even make them yourself if you’re up for an easy and fun little DIY project!
19. Flip Flops
Give all your guests flip flops as a party favor. The great thing about flip flops being party favors at your luau baby shower is that they are generally affordable to buy in bulk with a size variety, they come in many different colors, and they’re a unisex shoe. Simply place the flip flops near the exit door or space so that guests can grab them as they leave the baby shower.
Luau Baby Shower Menu Ideas
20. Grilled Kabobs
Every luau party needs some delicious grilled kabobs! And the great thing about kabobs is that you can make them and customize them to your liking! You may want to have chicken kabobs with bell peppers, red onions, zucchini, and mushrooms. Hey, you might want to add some slices of pineapples to the kabob skewers just to have that hint of sweetness.
21. Pork Ribs
Traditional Hawaiian luaus almost always have a pork roast. It may not be possible for you to roast pork in a pit or a smoker, so you may just decide to barbecue some tender pork ribs on the grill if you’re having your luau baby shower outside. If you’re having the shower indoors, you can bake barbecue pork ribs in the oven.
22. Hawaiian Punch
You can use whatever non-alcoholic ingredients you like in your Hawaiian punch. Staple ingredients in traditional Hawaiian punches do include fruit juices and nectars like pineapple juice, orange juice, cranberry juice, and guava nectar.
23. Shaved Ice
If you’re planning to throw your luau baby shower in the spring or summer, you need to serve some shaved ice to keep everyone cool! A wide variety of available syrups allows you to make customizable shaved ice flavors! To fit with the luau theme, you may want to serve piña colada shaved ice!
24. Fruit Platter
Who doesn’t love a good fruit platter? Keep the luau theme by adding sliced pineapples, kiwis, bananas, watermelon, mangos, and some grapes to the fruit platter.
25. Coconut Shrimp
Coconut shrimp is a delicious food option at a luau party! You can grill up some coconut shrimp to create a more toasted coconut crust, or you can fry the shrimp for a more crunchy crust. Either way, add a little squeeze of lime to your coconut shrimp to give it that extra zing.
26. Deviled Eggs
Classic deviled eggs are an easy-to-make finger-food staple at most gatherings. But for your luau baby shower, you may want to take a sweeter twist on this food item. You can add some brown sugar and crushed pineapple to the egg’s filling and garnish your deviled eggs with a maraschino cherry half.
27. Pineapple Salsa
Pineapple salsa is a unique and delicious salsa to have at a luau party, and it’s so simple to make! You can simply chop up some pineapple, red onions, and tomatoes and add some lime juice and cilantro and seasonings. The salsa can be presented and served in a hollowed-out pineapple with some tortilla chips!
Luau Baby Shower Games and Entertainment
28. Live Ukulele Performance
If it is possible, you may consider hiring a ukulele player to come play some popular Hawaiian songs at your luau baby shower!
29. Hawaiian Trivia
Trivia games can be fun at any party, and trivia not being a game that requires any physical effort makes it perfect for a baby shower. To play Hawaiian trivia, contestants can be quizzed on various facts about Hawaii and Hawaiian culture. The player who answers the most questions correctly wins the game!
30. Luau Baby Shower Printable Games
Play fun games of skill and guessing, like baby bingo, The Price is Right, and Emoji Pictionary!
31. Hot Coconut
This game is similar to Hot Potato. Hawaiian music plays while players pass around a coconut to one another. When the music stops, whoever is holding the coconut is eliminated, and the game continues in this fashion until there is one person left standing.
32. Musical Chairs
This is a classic party game that people of all ages can enjoy. Just adhere to the traditional rules of the game, play some Hawaiian songs, and have fun!
33. Film Screening
It can be a very enjoyable experience to watch some good and funny films with your loved ones! Pop culture films based in Hawaii like Blue Hawaii, Lilo and Stitch, 50 First Dates, and Forgetting Sarah Marshall can be entertaining to watch at a luau baby shower. If you’re having the baby shower outside, you may consider playing these movies with an outdoor projector and screen!
34. Hula Dance Competition
Designate some judges who will judge participating party guests on their dance moves to some popular Hawaiian and Hawaiian-themed songs. Nothing has to be well choreographed or rehearsed, as the spontaneity of this game is what makes it fun and enjoyable!
Luau Baby Shower Party Supplies
Every party needs plates, cups, and napkins that are durable and match the chosen theme. This set of luau-themed dinnerware with a tropical flower design will be perfect for your luau baby shower!
36. Umbrella Straws
Neon straws with those cute little umbrella parasols are a must-have item at a luau baby shower! A luau party just wouldn’t be a luau party without them.
37. Solid Color Cups
If you want some solid color cups for your colorful luau party, then these cups by Hefty are the perfect tropically-colored cups for you!
38. Coconut Cups
For even more of a luau feel, you may consider getting coconut cups, made from real coconut, for the luau baby shower! These cups can be used for beverages, dips, or small portions of snacks. But, no matter what you use them for, these cups are guaranteed to make everyone feel like they’re on a beach in Hawaii!
39. Palm Tree Cooler
This inflatable palm tree cooler not only fits the luau theme, but it’s also a great way to keep any canned or bottled drinks nice and cold and refreshing.
Your fruit platter will look so colorful and pretty with these hibiscus flower toothpicks! These toothpicks are so super eye-catching and unique that your guests will run to the food table just to get one!
41. Cake Topper
This “Aloha Baby” cake topper is the perfect addition to a cake at a luau baby shower! Adorn a cake with this glittery-gold cake topper that communicates that you are ready to say “hello” and welcome the arrival of a very precious baby.
Luau Baby Shower Invitations
This set of baby shower invitations are eye-catching and colorful with a bold and glittery font and a multicolored pineapple graphic. These invitations are editable upon online purchase, and the baby shower information can be added to the invitation during the online editing process prior to printing, which will make the invitations look professional and seamless.
These minimalistic invitations are simple and pleasing to the eyes. These invitations are editable, so you can format them however you like while still keeping a minimalistic, simple design.
These luau-themed shower invitations are simple and cute and to-the-point! They are editable, so you can customize them however you like!
These baby shower invitations with a pink and gold glitter color scheme and with a beautiful pineapple graphic are great for a luau-themed baby shower. These high-quality invitations are printed on matte cardstock and have ample room to write the details and necessary information pertaining to your luau baby shower.
These invitations are simply beautiful with their bold print and tropical flower illustration, making them a good choice for luau baby shower invitations! This set also comes with square-flap envelopes, so you don’t have to worry about making a separate purchase for invitation envelopes.
If you’re a clever or quirky sort of person, you may want to invite guests to the luau baby shower with an invitation in a bottle! These invitations are unique, playful, and will surely build anticipation and excitement for your awesome party!
All of these printable invitations are great for notifying guests of your baby shower, but if you prefer to use digital invitations, there are some websites that offer options for online invitations.
After you read this guide that is full of ideas, I hope that you are newly inspired and are starting to visualize just how easy and amazing your luau baby shower can be! A mommy-to-be deserves to relax before the arrival of her little one, and there’s no better way to do that than to have a relaxing and celebratory luau.
Written by Artesa Cox