A great way to ease on into the co-ed parties that preteens and teens want is with a luau party. Hidden behind what looks to them like a pretty grown-up theme you can have games and food that keep them busy and out of trouble.
A very easy and fun activity is the luau fashion walk. Have all your guests come dressed for your luau – Hawaiian shirts from dad’s closet or the thrift store, the girls in their sarongs or grass skirts and bikini tops, or whatever else they dream up. [see about sarongs in our 4-26-2010 blog post]
After everyone has arrived, start your luau party with the fashion walk up or down your entrance way. Line your front walk (or wherever your going to put your runway) with luminaries- votive sized candles in paper lunch bags weighted down with gravel or sand. If you’re inspired to cut out palm tree or shell shapes from the bags, so much the better, but it’s not necessary. Use a mat knife and a clip art template to make it as easy as possible to make these cut outs. Obviously, the luminaries look best in the evening and semi dark, but they’re still fun in the daytime IF they have a cut out or are the bags are gaily colored.
Have three adult judges that you’ve equipped with the large sized index cards numbered in big font 1 through 10 and put together through a corner. Just like in the Olympics, as each guests walks your luau walk, the judges will raise their card to rate the outfits on the 1 to 10 scale. You need a scorekeeper, and prizes for the male and female winners. Hand your winners their fruit punch drink with the little umbrella in it or go all out and give the winners a Hawaiian shirt and a sarong.
Your luau party is now off to a fine start.