2016 Memorial Day Luau
Updated: Jan 24
One thing that my husband and I really love from Mid Century pop culture, is the genre of Tiki culture. We love the glasses, the drinks, the style, the music. In fact, on our (legal) wedding day we went for Tiki Drinks at Isla, Austin's Tiki Cantina. So naturally we would have a Luau at some point. Needless to say, we had a great turn out and everyone seemed to have a blast.
Our "tiki bar" with Blue Hawaiians, Hurricanes, Pina Coladas, and Mai Tais. We got our drink recipes here: http://cocktails.about.com/od/rumrecipes/tp/Top-10-Rum-Tiki-Cocktails.htm
Just some of the foods from our buffet spread. Luckily my husband is a great cook! He prepared Pineapple upside down cake, coconut shrimp, ribs, and spam sliders, among other snacks.
My dish was this pineapple cheese ball. Served with classic Ritz crackers like any other mid century type dish. The cheese was a mixture of cream cheese, cheddar, bell peppers, onions, paprika, and cayenne pepper. You put the mixture in the fridge for about 2 hours and then work into the ball like shape. Of course this wasn't perfectly round to create the pineapple. The outside is covered with pecans and topped with a copped green bell pepper for that pineapple look.
Of course nothing completes a tiki drink like a parasol!
And speaking of parasols, we had a little DIY photo booth with them for props (and of course silly glasses).
My hairstyle was a Betty Grable inspired half poodle with hair flowers. Perhaps a tutorial soon? xo