Planning a fun luau theme for your residents to celebrate the arrival of the Spring weather and the Summer months? Here are a few items and ideas from notjustbingo that you may want to add to your list.
1. Hawaiian Leis – Provide Hawaiian leis for all your residents to wear for the luau. Pass them out in the morning during breakfast to help them remember throughout the day about the upcoming Hawaiian festivities.
2. Hula Skirts – Pass out hula skirts for the ladies to wear. In fact, set up a “Hula Skirt Shop” in your Activity Room and invite the ladies to stop by before the luau to try-on and wear their hula skirts for the day.
3. Hawaiian Music – Get residents in the beach mood by playing surfing music throughout the day in the common areas of your facility. In contrast, pipe more traditional Hawaiian music through the speakers in your facility’s Dining Room for residents to listen to while enjoying a Hawaiian-themed lunch or dinner.
4. Dining Decorations – Transform your Dining Room with fun luau-themed décor, like palm tree table centerpieces, which will instantly convert your Dining Room into a tropical setting. Add a few table skirts to the large serving tables, which can also be used to dress-up any desks or side pieces in your common areas. Fill the Dining Room with other Hawaiian-themed décor like coconut cups, bamboo torches, and inflatable palm-tree coolers.
5. Hawaiian Photo Props – Be sure to take plenty of pictures of your residents during the luau. Start off by placing beautiful Hawaiian backdrops throughout your facility so that residents and family members can take their own pictures in front of the tropical scenery. Additionally, set up a photo station at the luau to grab fun photos of residents using a hula girl backdrop or a surfing dude backdrop. To add an instant Hawaiian backdrop to any room, simply use a Hawaiian insta-theme to attach to your room walls using double-sided tape.
6. Luau Crafts – Set up a crafts table to get your crafty residents assisting you with creating fun décor and accessories during the luau. For example, assist residents with making their own leis using pre-cut paper flowers. Also, supply residents with shell sand art bottles that they can fill with colored sand. Place the finished bottles as decoration throughout your facility.
7. Luau Games – Last but not least, stock up on game supplies to keep your residents busy during the luau. For instance, use inflatable beach balls to host a beach volleyball tournament in the backyard, or set up a limbo game to see how low your staff members and residents can go during a limbo party. After the games, pass out tropical-themed party favors like flip-flop keychains, or even aquatic squirters for the kids.
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