Go to a pretend island paradise for dinner. Decorate your kitchen/table with whatever “islandish” stuff you have around. ..leis, shells, bright colored paper, etc. We did splurge and buy little umbrellas to go in the cups, a pineapple, and the items to make a smoothie (see the recipe below). Let your little ones wear a lei (see instructions below to make your own) and use a piece of material or a towel to make a skirt.
The fun of it all is just changing the norm. Put on island music and enjoy your dinner as you sip on a fancy drink. This is what family memories can be built on…. You could be finished after dinner or you could end the night with dancing or with watching a favorite “island” movie.
Coconut Pineapple Smoothie
2/3 cup coconut milk (I use ½ of a small can so closer to 5 ounces)
2 cups pineapple juice
¼ cup sugar
Blend and serve.
Straws, cut into half inch segments
Crepe paper (2 colors–red and lime green are pictured, but use whatever you want!)
String or yarn
Make a small slit in the middle of each flower. Cut a length of string that is just slightly longer than you want the finished lei. Tie a knot or tie a piece of straw to the bottom to keep the flowers you lace on from falling off. Use a small piece of masking tape to create a hard end to be able to lace the items on.