The party gods failed to get the weather gods on board and my annual backyard bash was moved indoors. But the key elements were still in place - fun atmosphere, good food, and fabulous friends.
All entered through the raffia curtain
E komo mai (welcome)
Next step was the bar
where my signature drink of the evening Kana maka u waki (pronounced can-a make-a you wacky) was served.
Other choices were Big Wave Brew or Aloha Ale
Tom's beer got it's own hula skirt coozie.
A video hula lesson played in the background but no-one seemed daring enough to try the steps. Wait...the evening is young. Between cocktail hour with coconut shrimp, wontons, deviled eggs and a cheese board and dinner, there was time for a photo op.
A simple buffet of ham with grilled pineapple, chicken breasts on mango salsa and teriyaki meatballs was emptied in minutes (forgot to take a picture prior)
and colorful plates and themed napkins set the tone.
Deirdre's lemon meringue pie was a crowd pleaser - Mahalo (thank you) and some wicked wahines found their way atop cupcakes.
All quite casual as we remained ready to move outside if weather permitted. An evening under the stars was not in the cards but it was memorable, at any rate. Sue's rendition of Frere Jacques will be one for the books.
Guests left with a mini ceramic Hawaiian shirt votive as a favor.
Malamapono a hui hou (take care, until we meet again)