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Love Shack Luau Party (10 Year Anniversary)

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Iris & Chris of Sweet Metel Moments recently celebrated their 10 year anniversary in paradise style! Inspired by their love of the beach, they hosted a colorful Love Shack Luau Party (so clever!). Iris designed an adorable set of surfboard and hibiscus adorned printables for the party, which is full of great inspiration for any Luau themed celebration. (BTW – I’m a big fan of milestone anniversary celebrations… you might remember the crazy Hangover Party Sonny and I hosted for our own 10 year a while back!) :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Beautiful grocery-store-bought tier cake embellished with silk orchids ($30 total!)
– DIY flower & rhinestone embellished snack cups (with a link to the tutorial from Iris!)
 Starfish sugar cookie party favors and leis for each guest

love shack anniversary party tablescape

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Hawaiian Luau dessert table

love shack cupcake toppers

luau flower cake

hawaiin luau cocktails

starfish sugar cookies - hawaiian luau

starfish sugar cookies

luau tablescape candle decoration

hawaiian luau party snack cups

kids luau table


PARTY DETAILS, as told by Iris

Since my husband and I both love the beach, we decided to have a “Love Shack” luau-themed party to celebrate our 10-year wedding anniversary.  I created custom printables in bright colors and images of hibiscus and surfboards.

The dessert table was the main attraction.  I used a white-ruffled curtain panel as the backdrop and hung a custom-made surf shack painting in the center along with green and blue paper lanterns.  The painting was a gift from my very talented brother-in-law and artist, Adam Metel, and one of the very first paintings that my husband and I owned when we got married, so it has a very special place in our hearts.

At the center of the dessert table was a 2-tiered cake adorned with pink and green flowers.  I purchased the cake from Publix and asked for a simple, white, 2-tiered cake with white piping, and then to have it match the theme, I simply embellished it with silk flowers that I purchased from Hobby Lobby.  It was a great deal for $30!

For additional treats there were cupcakes,  and chocolate covered pretzels and chocolate covered raisins that were put inside little DIY snack cups (DIY snack cup tutorial here).  The snack cups were perfect for the kids to grab and go!  There were also the most adorable starfish cookies that were created by Meredith of Cookie Friends.  She was able to match the colors perfectly to our theme and not only did the cookies look great, but they were also delicious!

And another item on the dessert table that I had the most fun creating were gummy fruit skewers!  I used the tutorial from Anna and Blue Paperie’s blog and I placed them in little white containers that I filled with blue Sixlets.  There was also a separate table for the kids that had more gummy fruit skewers and starfish cookie favors.

We had such a wonderful time celebrating with our family!



– Styling and Customized Party Printables: Sweet Metel Moments
– Photography:  Chris and Iris Metel
– Starfish Cookies: Cookie Friends

By |2018-04-09T08:03:14+00:00August 22nd, 2012|Outdoor Parties, Theme Parties|

About the Author:

Jennifer Sbranti is the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, a creative living and party planning resource established in 2006. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Sonny, and daughters Macy (8) and Rylie (6). Sbranti’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple, People, InStyle Weddings, and Extra! TV. She has designed creative content and unique live events for several well-respected brands, including Mattel, Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Toys”R”Us, Pottery Barn Kids, and Starbucks.


  1. Jennifer Green Shumway August 23, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Amazing. Your Mom needs to give classes teaching us how to raise, beautiful, smart, talented, creative daughters. Why can't my sisters be hostesses with the mostesses?

  2. Riccinni Beloso Banham August 23, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Love the theme of this party! Way to go for making it affordable, too! Beautiful couple – congratulations!

    • Bong Abiera Benemerito August 23, 2012 at 11:06 am


    • Jennifer Green Shumway August 23, 2012 at 12:43 pm


  3. Cyndi Neuman Cucchi August 23, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Love it! Congrats Chris and Iris! May the Lord continue to bless you with many more years to celebrate!

  4. Iris {Sweet Metel Moments} August 23, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    I had such a fun time planning this party and celebrating with my hubby and wonderful family! Thank you to the sweet comments above and thank you Jenn and HWTM team for featuring this party! It is such an honor to be on Hostess with the Mostess!

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  6. anniversary favors August 1, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    Beautiful, It’s looking very lovely, you calibrate you life journey, May god bless you for your future.

  7. Melisa Hunter September 20, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Where did you get or how did you make the welcome sign? You did a great job on everything. Thank you for sharing.

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