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Celebrating a Wedding Anniversary: A Hawaiian Luau

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Celebrate a Wedding Anniversary with a Hawaiian Luau
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A second honeymoon is a lovely way to celebrate a big wedding anniversary, especially when it's a 25th or 30th anniversary. But honeymoons are private affairs. So, if you want to celebrate with friends and family too, why not use that honeymoon destination to inspire an anniversary party at home? A Hawaiian luau is a perfect theme for an anniversary party.

Whether you do evites or send out paper invitations - perhaps tucked inside an origami Hawaiian shirt (I'd use Hawaiian print scrapbook paper with those origami instructions) - make sure you include any instructions for your guests. You might suggest they wear Hawaiian shirts, for example, or tropical garb. Or you might ask guests to bring a honeymoon photograph of themselves. The photos add to the decor, but they're also very fun as fodder for a guessing game.

Break out the tiki torches. Decorate the bar and buffet with grass skirts. Then cue up the ukelele music - a little Don Ho, some Israel Kamakawiwo'ole (compare compare prices). You might hire hula dancers to entertain - or a dance teacher to instruct guests in the finer points of the hula. Be sure to have plenty of grass skirts and coconut bras on hand, both for hula lessons and the party photo booth.

The highlight of any Hawaiian luau is, of course, the food and the fruity cocktails. Pass a pupu platter with Coconut Shrimp and Ahi Poke. You may not want to dig up your backyard to roast a pig, but fire up the grill for shish kebabs - skewers of pork or beef, interspersed with pineapple, red onions and bell peppers - or teriyaki beef or chicken. Fresh pineapple, mango and other tropical fruits make wonderful accompaniments.

And for dessert? A chocolate-iced wedding cake or cupcakes or - better yet - a shave ice cart.

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