Hosting a dinner party this summer? Throw a fun tropical themed event starting with a beautiful neutral luau party tablescape for adults.
It’s finally summer!
Although, it’s felt like summer here in the Carolina’s for a while now.
But I’ll take being hot over feeling cold any day!
Summer is the perfect time to host a dinner party, especially outdoors.
Do you love to entertain?
Oh…good us too!
Since you love to entertain like Anne & I, you’ll love our monthly virtual supper club posts.
Every month we get together with our friends Stacy, Rachel, Jen, and Michele to share our tablescapes and recipes on our blogs.
It’s so fun to see what everyone in our group comes up with each month.
There’s so much talent and creativity with this bunch of bloggers.
And to add even more inspiration, we have a guest host join us each month too!
We’re thrilled to welcome Libbie from A Life Unfolding this month.
Libbie’s blog is all about design, décor & DIY. You need to go check out her adorable Airbnb too!
This month our virtual supper club is featuring tropical luau style tablescape ideas today and delicious recipes Saturday, so be sure to come back!
Get the links to all of our previous tablescapes for even more inspiration at the end of this post.
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But that’s enough about us…let’s talk more about this month’s theme… and my luau party tablescape!
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Where to Host a Hawaiian Themed Dinner Party?
You can throw a tropical dinner party anywhere but I think having it outdoors is ideal.
Sometimes it’s even hot & humid in the evenings during the summer, so ya kinda feel like you’re in a tropical location…right?!
Plus you’re surrounded by nature when you have a get together outside.
Since our back deck is right off my kitchen it’s the perfect spot for outdoor dining.
And it’s pretty high off the ground so we have a great view because it feels like we’re in the trees.
How to Style a Neutral Luau Table Centerpiece
When styling a tablescape, I find it easiest to start decorating the middle of my table and work out to the place settings.
Finding something as an inspiration piece to build the centerpiece around helps set the tone of the design.
Once you find that thing that inspires you the colors and styles of the other items needed for decorating can be decided.
When I spotted this large jute candle lantern at Home Goods a few weeks ago, I knew it would be perfect for a tropical themed dinner party.
I found two similar options if you love this style too and don’t have a Home Goods near you.
One is budget-friendly and the other is a splurge.
Either would be amazing for creating a neutral luau table.
There is a glass insert to hold a small pillar candle.
And the rope handle would allow you to hang the lantern over your table if you have a covered porch with a roof or even a pergola or gazebo.
On either side of the lantern I placed two textured white ceramic vases.
They’re 10 1/2″ high which looks great next to the lantern.
Since I don’t actually live in a tropical area, I decided to use faux flowers for the table centerpiece.
These pretty bush stems are from Michaels.
They include a combination of green & orange laceleaf, monstera & palm bush stems.
Using real fruit when styling a tablescape for summer is always fun idea.
And what’s more tropical than a pineapple?
Maybe two pineapples? LOL
I stood a pineapple on either side of the flowers and they look so cute!
How to Create a Simple Tropical Place Setting
I wanted to keep the place settings simple since there was so much happening in the middle of the table with the larger décor pieces.
Although, I used items I already had at home to set the table for our luau party, I did add one extra element to fit in with the theme.
Since my white every day dinnerware is really plain, I’m able to use it in so many of my tablescape designs.
I borrowed Anne’s woven placemats because they’re a little smaller and fit better on my outdoor table.
Plus the light color and texture looks amazing for a luau theme.
The gold flatware also coordinates so well with all the neutral colors used on the table.
Next, I stacked the dinner and salad plates with the napkin on top.
I used my favorite rattan napkin rings from our friend, Jackie’s Rod Works store with a white fringed cloth napkin.
Then, I tucked a single faux monstera stem into each napkin ring.
The tropical leaf is an easy way to add the Hawaiian Luau theme to each place setting.
I found some green acrylic wine glasses that are great for outside and look awesome with the tropical table.
They were another Home Goods find, but don’t fret I found this set that would be so beautiful for a luau party.
In keeping with the natural elements in the tablescape design, I set the table with these cool wrapped tumblers for each guest.
On a warm summer evening water is a necessity and ya gotta stay hydrated with that wine you’ll be drinking too.
The matching glass pitcher makes for easy refills while dining.
Just be sure to add lots of ice to your water.
Thanks for stopping by the blog, I hope you got some inspiration to style a neutral tablescape for an adult luau dinner party.
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More Luau Tablescape Ideas from Our Friends
Next up on the tour is our friend Rachel from The Ponds Farmhouse.
Be sure to click each of the blog names below the photos to get even more inspiration for your tropical table.
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