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Aloha Pineapple Party Ideas

Instead of planning a trip, how about creating a chill island vibe on your own patio? Staycations are trending, and we have your easy-breezy party style guide for a fully relaxing retreat with your favorite people. If you’re craving a break from adulting, serve up good summer vibes and delicious apps on Aloha Tableware. We can’t think of an easier way to experience “island time” than with on-trend recipes for creative cocktails and new ideas for light, refreshing bites.

Mango Tequila Sunrise Recipe

Mango Tequila Sunrise Recipe

Servings: 4

Ingredients: 

1 cup mango nectar, 1 cup coconut water, ¼ cup lime juice, 1 ounce triple sec (¼ ounce per drink), 4 ounces tequila (1¼ ounces per drink), 2 teaspoons of grenadine (½ teaspoon per drink), mango slices and Maraschino cherries for garnish 

Utensils needed: 

Measuring cup or pitcher, whisk, measuring spoons, Jigger Knife and cutting board 

Recipe:

1. In a small pitcher or measuring cup, whisk together the mango nectar, coconut water, and lime juice. 

2. Fill four highball glasses with ice. Pour ¼ ounce triple sec and 1¼ ounces tequila in each glass. Divide the mango mixture evenly between the glasses. Pour ½ teaspoon grenadine into each glass (the grenadine will sink to the bottom and create the sunrise effect). 

3. Use a toothpick to skewer together a mango slice and a maraschino cherry as a garnish.

Hand spooning filling into hollowed mini potato halves

Herbed Potato Salad Bites Recipe

Servings: 4–6 

Ingredients: 

½ cup plus 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt, 1 clove garlic (minced), 3 tablespoons lemon juice, 2 teaspoons lemon zest, 1 teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon pepper, 2½ pounds red potatoes boiled until tender, 3 scallions thinly sliced, ¼ cup minced parsley, ¼ cup minced cilantro, 1 tablespoon olive oil, sliced radishes for garnish 

Utensils needed: 

Mixing bowls, whisk, knife and cutting board, mixing spoons/spatulas 

Recipe:

1. In a small bowl, whisk together Greek yogurt, garlic, lemon juice and zest, salt, and pepper. Set aside. 

2. Cut potatoes in half and carefully scoop out most of the inner flesh, leaving a little bit around the skin so that the potato forms a small bowl. Set potato skins aside. 

3. Chop the scooped-out potatoes into small pieces. Fold the Greek yogurt dressing over the chopped potatoes. Fold in scallions, parsley, and cilantro. Drizzle in olive oil and stir one last time. 

4. Scoop potato salad into the potato skins. Garnish with radishes.

Glazed chicken on wooden skewers

Teriyaki Glazed Skewers Recipe

Servings: 4–6

Ingredients:

½ cup soy sauce, ¼ cup water, ¼ cup brown sugar, 1 tablespoon rice vinegar, 2 teaspoons grated ginger, ½ tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon water to form a slurry, 1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs cut into 1-inch pieces, 2 cups large diced pineapple, 1 cup large diced red onion, sliced scallions and sesame seeds for garnish

Utensils needed: 

Bamboo skewers, knife and cutting board, whisk, saucepot, pastry brush, tongs

Recipe:

1. To make the glaze, combine the soy sauce, water, brown sugar, rice vinegar, and grated
ginger in a small pot over low heat. Whisk to dissolve the sugar and bring to a light
simmer. Let simmer for 3–4 minutes, then stir in the cornstarch slurry. Sauce will thicken
into a glaze. Once thick, remove from heat.

2. Skewer chicken, pineapple, and red onion onto bamboo skewers, alternating items.

3. Heat up grill to medium-high heat. Place skewers on the grill and brush with the teriyaki
glaze. Cook for 3–4 minutes, then flip skewers and brush again with glaze. Cook until
chicken is fully cooked through, then remove from grill.

4. Garnish with scallions and sesame seeds before serving.

Veggie tray with pesto dip in center

Creamy Pesto Dip Recipe

Servings: 4

Ingredients:

3 ounces basil leaves, 1 clove garlic, 2 tablespoons pine nuts, ½ cup grated Parmesan, 1 teaspoon salt, ½ cup olive oil, juice of 1 lemon, 2 ounces softened cream cheese, 2 tablespoons mayonnaise, cut vegetables (carrots, bell peppers, tomatoes, radishes, cucumbers, celery, etc.)

Utensils needed:

Food processor, silicone spatula, knife and cutting board

Recipe:

1. Place basil, garlic, pine nuts, Parmesan, salt, olive oil, and lemon juice in a food
processor. Process until everything is broken down and the pesto is a sauce-like
consistency.
2. Add in cream cheese and mayonnaise, then process until sauce is smooth.
3. Serve with cut vegetables for dipping.

Trend tips for a stylish bar

All you need are a few key items to create a comfortable, colorful space for summer gatherings. Our recos: style a bar top with ceramic and real pineapples, retro lawn flamingos, clear drink dispensers and a mix of colorful cups. It’s only fitting to include a “You had me at Aloha” garland decked out with fresh palm fronds and recreate the tropics with a backdrop of paper fans and leaves.

A pineapple party calls for the appropriate drink

Pineapple margaritas are the perfect summer luau party drink idea because they’re refreshing and simple to make. Sweeten the presentation with a handwritten menu sign you can create using chalk marker pens. Combine in a blender: 4 cups pineapple juice, 1 cup tequila, ¼ cup fresh-squeezed lime juice, 1 tbsp. fresh-squeezed orange juice, 1/2 cup Cointreau or other orange liqueur and 2 teaspoons light agave syrup. Style with picks and flowers. Fill a dispenser for self-serve refills.

You’re golden with this take on the classic tropical drink

A signature statement cocktail is a special touch that will make your gathering memorable. And, if one of your #summergoals is to bring the beach to your backyard, this drink needs to be in the mix. Recipe: rum, pineapple, coconut milk. Garnish: pineapple and cherry on a pick and natural leaves. Styling: gold metallic straw, pineapple drink stirrer, flamingle beverage napkin.

Flocktails poolside? We’re in!

Separate yourself from the flock with a next level drink presentation that’s Instagrammable. Up your style game with gold-rimmed glasses, clever coasters and matching drink charms. Take a cue from the retro flamingo theme with a Pink Flamingo: Pour Pink Moscato over crushed ice with a squeeze of lemon and sprig of mint. Other drink options: Prosecco with a splash of pomegranate or vodka-spiked pink lemonade.

Keep salads light and fresh

A chopped fruit and veggie salad with cheese will balance out summer days filled with hotdogs and ice cream. Our version was made with watermelon balls, cucumbers, feta cheese and fresh mint. Choose a Feta in a jar and add all the contents to create a simple dressing. The color scheme is on point for a stylish Aloha party!

Fresh syrup makes this margarita *berry* delicious

Making a “simple syrup” for cocktails is really is just that, simple. It’s fun to do and will be the subject of conversation at your summer luau gathering. Here’s how: combine 1 cup raspberries and 1 cup strawberries with a cup of water and ¾ cup sugar, simmering for 5 minutes. Let cool, strain, set aside. Next, salt glasses by rubbing with lime and dipping in salt. Fill glasses ¾ with ice, then mix your drink in a shaker (make in batches of 2): ½ cup berry syrup, ½ cup lime juice,1 cup tequila and a handful of ice. Pour margaritas and garnish with mini lime rounds and paper parasols.

This Luau party hack will take the cake

Upcycle a fresh pineapple top by creating a pineapple icon Bundt cake. Keep it simple with a store-bought cake or go all out with a made-from-scratch creation. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and display on a cake stand for height. Colorful flamingo plates will complete this pin-worthy dessert station.

Impress with an authentic Hawaiian snack

Spam musubi is a popular food in Hawaii. Prep this clever luau appetizer day-of, chill, and serve on an Aloha tray styled with tropical flower picks. Recipe: to make a marinade for the Spam, mix ¼ cup soy sauce, ¼ cup oyster sauce and ½ cup white sugar until dissolved. Slice meat and marinate for 5 minutes; saute until lightly browned. Prep as you would any sushi: cook rice, layer with Spam and wrap with seaweed sheets. 

Add color to your luau with tropical drinks

Beat the summer heat with a chill display of fruit juice. Clear drink dispensers will show off summer colors of mango-orange juice and pink lemonade. Place dispensers at the edge of the bar or on rustic crates to add height. Include stacks of solid cups along with fun iconic sippy cups. Create a gorgeous display with bowls of whole limes, oranges and lemons and sliced fruits on cutting boards for drink add-in’s.

A new take on the luau tablescape

Your celebration will feel like an afternoon at a Hawaiian resort, but better – because every element of your party is curated with style and personal touches you’ve chosen with your family and friends in mind. Case in point: this simple, pretty place-setting that combines trendy plates, bright-hued cutlery and a refreshing pink drink in a tumbler that’s styled with a tropical flower.

Show us how you make summer parties look so cool. #PartyCity

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