Enjoy the taste of Hawaii and Aloha spirit with this delicious menu for a backyard luau! You’ll love these simple recipes and party ideas.
We love entertaining during the summer.
The long evenings with light that lingers well past a meal.
Jumping in the pool to cool off when things get really steamy.
Food cooked on the grill paired with light side dishes that get prepped ahead.
And don’t forget a refreshing cocktail!
We’ve got some fantastic recipes for your next summer gathering today.
Welcome to our Virtual Dinner Club!
We joined up with four of our blogging friends to create a virtual dinner club back in the beginning of 2021.
Each month we also invite a guest host to join in our fun! If you’d ever like to join us as a guest host, let us know and we can get you on the list for 2023!
Every month we have a new theme.
First, we all share ideas for creating a tablescape for that theme. AnnMarie is the tablescape queen over here at Simply2Moms!
Then, we each share a recipe for the theme to create an entire menu.
Think of it as a virtual progressive dinner.
We include recipes for a signature cocktail, appetizer, main dish, side dishes, and a dessert.
It’s so much fun!
This Month Our Theme is a Backyard Luau!
We planned out all our themes for this year in December.
When we realized we were the hostesses for June we thought a luau would be so much fun, and we were so right!
It made us try new things and think outside our box.
I love how she always stays true to her personal style with our themes.
It just goes to show you can use what you have with just a few additions and get an amazing result.
If you’re new around here, we’re Anne and AnnMarie, two moms who are lucky enough to be besties and neighbors.
I’m in the flowered shirt and AnnMarie’s in the super cute dress.
You can read more about us and our families over here.
And we would love to learn more about you! Be sure to say “hi” in the comments below and tell us where you’re visiting from.
But that’s enough about us!
Go grab a lei and a tall glass of something cold and check out all the delicious food for this backyard luau.
Appetizer: Fresh & Easy Pineapple Salsa
Have you ever tried salsa with fruit in it?
It’s so delicious.
Our friend Jen from Midwest Life & Style is sharing a delicious recipe for Fresh & Easy Pineapple Salsa and I am here for it!
I’ve got all the ingredients on my shopping list and plan to make some this weekend.
Cocktail: Refreshing Pineapple Basil Cocktail
What backyard luau is complete without a signature cocktail?
Michele from Vintage Home Designs loves using fresh herbs in her cocktail recipes.
I can’t wait to try her Refreshing Pineapple and Basil Cocktail!
Main Course: Grilled Huli Huli Chicken with Grilled Pineapple
I went a little extra with our backyard luau theme this month and have two delicious recipes that are amazing together!
First, grill up some Huli Huli Chicken, it’s a Hawaiian BBQ chicken that’s got a sweet sauce with some Asian flavors mixed in.
While the chicken rests, whip up this amazing Grilled Pineapple!
Side Dish: Oven Roasted Vegetables
Roasting vegetables gives them so much flavor because they caramelize while they cook.
Rachel from The Ponds Farmhouse is sharing her secrets for perfect Oven Roasted Vegetables.
I love eating healthy side dishes with every meal and can’t wait to check out her tips!
Side Dish: Pineapple Fried Rice
Each month we invite a guest host to join in our virtual theme party fun.
We’re so happy to have Libbie from A Life Unfolding with us this month!
Libbie is a designer and she’s so genuine with fantastic style. You’ve got to check out her home and her AirBnB!
For our menu, she’s got a fantastic recipe for a backyard luau: Pineapple Fried Rice.
Doesn’t it sound and look amazing?!
Dessert: Pineapple Dump Cake
What party is complete without dessert?
Our friend Stacy from Stacy Ling.com and Bricks’n’Blooms is sharing her recipe for Pineapple Dump Cake.
Have you ever made a dump cake?
They’re so easy!
Are you ready to host your own luau party now?
Be sure to share your pictures with us!
If you have any questions or suggestions, contact me or leave a comment!