This summer, celebrate the tropics in the great outdoors by preparing your table for a luau luncheon tablesetting. You may not be able to get to Hawaii this year, but you can help your family feel like they are there with this easy festive tablescape. The focus of this tablescape are the four multi-colored tropical melamine dinner plates–one in orange, blue, green and fuchsia. I used four round yellow straw placemats under the plates to tie each tablesetting to the others. I also used stainless steel flatware and clear glass water goblets decorated with a honeycomb fruit drink skewer.This is the orange plate.This is the green plate.This is the blue plate above, and the fuchsia plate is below.I rolled white cotton napkins, tied them with a yellow ribbon and attached silk orchid blossoms. Paper napkins would work as well. I used white napkins to coordinate with the white flower designs on the plates. I laid the napkin across the top of each plate so as not to obscure the plate design.
To complete the tablescape, I used three inexpensive Mylar palm trees I had bought at Party City as my centerpiece. They add more to the tropical look. At their base, I added a few silk orchid blossoms to fill in and to tie into the napkin decoration. An additional decoration you could use on your table is to buy a grass skirt and attach it around the edge of your table for a real tropical look.
Set a tropical luau luncheon tablesetting for your family and take a virtual trip to the islands! Download some Hawaiian music, and buy some inexpensive grass skirts at the dollar store for the kids to wear and to try doing the hula. Make fruity drinks and serve seafood or grilled chicken on skewers. Enjoy!