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Vibrant & Colorful Aloha Summer Birthday

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Aloha Luau Birthday Party

This colorful & vibrant “Aloha Summer” Birthday Party from Stefanie of Anna and Blue Paperie is truly party PARADISE! I’m just LOVING the fabulous red, orange, and yellow layer cake topped with beautiful, cascading hibiscus flowers that make for such a simple, yet stunning presentation…this would make a lovely cake design idea for bridal showers and grown up parties too!

And speaking of fabulous presentation, it’s definitely carried throughout all of the details in this pretty little party… from the fun bed linen backdrop on the dessert buffet to lots of beautiful edible treats, lovely paper details, a ridiculously fun cocktail umbrella welcome wreath, & more!

Aloha Luau Birthday Party

Aloha Luau Birthday Party

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Aloha Luau Birthday Party

Aloha Luau Birthday Party

Aloha Luau Birthday Party

Aloha Luau Birthday Party

Aloha Luau Birthday Party

Aloha Luau Birthday Party

Aloha Luau Birthday Party

Aloha Luau Birthday Party

Aloha Luau Birthday Party

Aloha Luau Birthday Party

PARTY DETAILS, as told by Stefanie

“Many elements of the party came from inspiration that I found at HWTM, including the candy kabobs and DIY parasol wreath .  There were so many ideas from Macy’s Colorful Birthday Parade party that I used as inspiration for the Aloha Summer’s favor table and kids tables too!

Hibiscus flowers in the party’s color scheme were used throughout the party printables including cupcake toppers, dessert labels, kids table décor and party favors.

Inspired by Amy Atlas, the dessert table consisted of cupcakes with fondant toppers from Two Sugar Babies, Aloha themed cookies from Cookies Are My Canvas that had matching hibiscus flowers and lots of colors from the party’s theme. The centerpiece for the table was a cake adorned with eco-chic hand crafted hibiscus flowers by DK Designs.  My sweet hubby helped me to make a colorful layered cake.  His engineering skills came in handy!

A happy and colorful bed linen print with bright swirls of flowers and paisley from Pottery Barn Teen was used as the backdrop for the dessert table.   The dessert table was adorned with large paper flowers that were added to the backdrop.  I made a table skirt using raffia hula skirts and I added a garland in matching party colors using leis from Party City.

The birthday girls wore adorable custom rosette tanks created by Modern Frills and had matching flower hair accessories made by Looking 4 Lilly.  They were adorable hula girls!

The guests were greeted at the door and welcomed with leis and hula skirts.  Using inspiration from Kim at The Tomkat Studio’s Fairy Party tutu centerpiece, I made hair clips from a flower bouquet I purchased at a dollar store.  The flower clips were added to tree branches I found from our yard which made the perfect centerpiece for our family room.  Girls chose their favorite flower clip to go along with their aloha accessories.

Activities for the party consisted of coloring hibiscus flowers and beach themed coloring pages, a paper leis craft station, hula lessons and a tiki piñata.

Tutorials for the Tissue Wrapped Flower Favors and the Candy Kabobs can be found here and here.

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  1. Jen ~ Passion-for-Parties.com August 16, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    What an INCREDIBLE party! Love the fun, vibrant colors! :)

  2. Rebecca @This Nest is Best August 16, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    This party is fantastic! I love the bright colors and the fabric behind the dessert bar is gorgeous!

  3. Cake Seduction August 16, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    These colors are absolutely gorgeous! I LOVE Hawaii theme events.
    I’m even thinking of doing a tropical cake and these colors are absolutely inspiring.

  4. Party Girl August 16, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    Such yummy colors…how delicious and fun!!

  5. Elise Butler August 16, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    This is a beautiful party theme. I love the colors and beach bucket favors! Great party. Thanks for sharing.

  6. antique engagement rings August 17, 2011 at 6:11 am

    You know I always love your colors!

  7. Kristal August 17, 2011 at 6:53 am

    What a gorgeous party, everything is so fabulous! What did you use to attach the umbrellas to for your wreath?

  8. Stefanie - anna and blue paperie August 17, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Thanks so much for the sweet compliments! Kristal, I used a Styrofoam wreath to secure all of the cocktails umbrellas. I will be adding a tutorial to my blog soon.

  9. Asia August 17, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    I love the cake, it’s so pretty!

  10. 365 Cake Pops August 17, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    Oh, I absolutely love the candy kababs and take home buckets. So cute!

  11. Shelly August 20, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Where did you get the glass bottles that you served the lemonade in. They are so cute!

  12. Erika August 21, 2011 at 12:14 am

    So very sweet..

  13. Jenni Funk September 2, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    I adore all the details of this party! I’m going to have to find an excuse to do something similar in the future and try to incorporate some of the things I’ve seen here. Wow! Can someone answer where to get the sand castle molds used as favor boxes? Such a great idea. Thanks!

  14. katrina September 7, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    love. that. cake! the color scheme is perfect

  15. Renae Hapka September 8, 2011 at 11:36 am

    This is ADORABLE!!! I want to come to one of your parties!!! Thanks for sharing!

  16. J January 4, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Hi, I really like the favor buckets that you used. Where did you get them from?

  17. jill faelnar March 14, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    hi. i really love your aloha party. i would like to have that same theme for my daughters first birthday.

  18. Jill May 1, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Where did you get the sand pails from?

  19. Payal May 19, 2012 at 7:56 am

    I love everything about this party! The colors, decorations, and favors! Where are the sand buckets from that were used for the favors?

  20. Pip June 9, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Hi Jennifer,

    Just yesterday I’ve featured two of your incredible summer party’s on my summer ideas page. I have to say… you are definitely the most gifted party planner I’ve seen!!

    So I wanted to ask permission if it’s ok that I feature them. I’ve linked every photo to here as well as provided a source text link.

    Please let me know,

    Kindest regards,


    • jenn s. June 11, 2012 at 7:44 am

      Yes – that’s fine as long as proper credit/link backs are given just like you did – thank you for asking! And this gorgeous Aloha party was actually designed by Anna and Blue Paperie :)

  21. Megan Foyer June 16, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Where can I find the large paper flowers? I love them!

    • Megan Foyer June 20, 2012 at 2:48 am

      Doesn't say where the flowers are from

    • Jennica Jensen June 20, 2012 at 3:30 am


  22. samar June 29, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Your cake is beautiful. Can you post the recipe?

  23. Nicole July 21, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Love love love the luau cake!!! How did you get the texture of the white frosting to look like that on the sides of the cake?

  24. Denise Murtha August 7, 2012 at 3:41 am

    Where on Etsy. Have tried to find…the ones on the backdrop. I ordered the sheet as teh backdrop. Please help. Love them.

  25. Denise Murtha August 7, 2012 at 3:41 am

    Where on Etsy. Have tried to find…the ones on the backdrop. I ordered the sheet as teh backdrop. Please help. Love them.

  26. orly August 9, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    Love the cake! Would like to make it for my daughters first birthday in a few weeks! Also, can I purchase a digital image of the letters to make a happy birthday sign with her name on it. Any suggestions for first bdays is much appreciated. Thank you so very much!

  27. liz April 21, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    I absolutely love the cake! How did you make the Hibiscus flowers on them or where did you get them from?

  28. Jane June 5, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    Hi, love the cake! Thinking of making something similar; do you happen to know the size of the cake? Thanks!

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