Hawaiian party food can be some of the best you will ever serve, especially if it is for an outdoor event, barbeque, or a special occasion like a milestone birthday, retirement party, or even a summer party. You might not realize it, but party food with a Hawaiian theme doesn’t have to be difficult to make. In fact, sometimes you can even wing it with a fun recipe or your own twist on a standard dish. Consider these tropical food ideas for your food; party Hawaiian style!
If you are planning your Hawaiian luau or Hawaiian beach party on the fly, you can still come up with fun and easy tropical food ideas at a moment’s notice. Here are some of my favorite Hawaiian food ideas for parties and large groups:
Tropical Party Food Idea #1 – Hawaiian Ham and Pineapple
Fast preparation food for a large group or party scene can be the key in reducing your stress. One of the easiest Hawaiian party food dishes I’ve made involves nothing more than a crock pot, a bone-in ham, and a can of pineapple. Simply rinse off the ham, pour the canned pineapple over it – slices, chunks, crushed – whatever your preference, and set the crock pot to its low setting for six to eight hours. When it’s ready, you can slice the ham or pull it apart – it’s so tender and yummy. You and your guests will be sure to love it! Serve it with sides or buns so folks can make their own sandwiches. For a special touch, slice up a fresh pineapple and arrange it next to your crock.
Tropical Party Food Idea #2 – Chicken Skewers with Peppers and Pineapple
I have recently become known for this dish in my circle of friends. Every 4th of July my husband and I make Hawaiian chicken skewers on the grill, featuring pineapple and red peppers. You can also add maraschino cherries if you like. The key is to chunk the fresh chicken and let it marinate for a few hours before you put it on the skewers. For the marinade, I used pineapple juice, a bit of soy sauce, brown sugar, sherry (cooking wine), ground ginger, and garlic powder. I also added a touch of coconut oil this year, but it solidifies a bit in the fridge, so it’s up to you.
Make sure you soak your skewers entirely in water for at least 20 minutes to a half hour before you load them up! This will usually prevent them from catching on fire. Chop up a fresh pineapple into cubes and slice a few red peppers into squares or wedges so you can get them all onto the skewers. Grill until done, serve, and enjoy! These are a huge hit at our house.
Hawaiian Party Food Side Dishes
You can’t go wrong with a few Hawaiian side dishes. Here are a few sides to consider for your Hawaiian party food menu:
• Sticky Rice
• Fruit Salad with Dip
• Veggie Stir Fry – green beans, carrots, cauliflower…
• Mandarin Orange Salad
• Baked Beans
Perhaps most importantly of all, don’t forget your tropical drinks! You can make wonderful cocktails with fresh fruit or a Hawaiian punch for all your guests to enjoy. Don’t forget the little drink umbrellas!
Finishing Touches for Your Hawaiian Party
If you want to expand your menu, you can always add on hotdogs and hamburgers or other easy favorites. But don’t forget your Hawaiian decorations! Use some tropical flowers to set the mood and grass skirts to dress things up, Hawaiian leis for your guests, and tropical music playing in the background – steel drum bands make awesome mood music for a Hawaiian beach party!