16 Aug

Vibrant & Colorful Aloha Summer Birthday

Aloha Luau Birthday Party

This colorful & vibrant “Aloha Summer” Birthday Party from Stefanie of Anna and Blue Paperie is truly party PARADISE! I’m just LOVING the fabulous red, orange, and yellow layer cake topped with beautiful, cascading hibiscus flowers that make for such a simple, yet stunning presentation…this would make a lovely cake design idea for bridal showers and grown up parties too!

And speaking of fabulous presentation, it’s definitely carried throughout all of the details in this pretty little party… from the fun bed linen backdrop on the dessert buffet to lots of beautiful edible treats, lovely paper details, a ridiculously fun cocktail umbrella welcome wreath, & more!

Aloha Luau Birthday Party

Aloha Luau Birthday Party

Read on for lots more colorful party pics + creative details & vendor resources…

Aloha Luau Birthday Party

Aloha Luau Birthday Party

Aloha Luau Birthday Party

Aloha Luau Birthday Party

Aloha Luau Birthday Party

Aloha Luau Birthday Party

Aloha Luau Birthday Party

Aloha Luau Birthday Party

Aloha Luau Birthday Party

Aloha Luau Birthday Party


PARTY DETAILS, as told by Stefanie

“Many elements of the party came from inspiration that I found at HWTM, including the candy kabobs and DIY parasol wreath .  There were so many ideas from Macy’s Colorful Birthday Parade party that I used as inspiration for the Aloha Summer’s favor table and kids tables too!

Hibiscus flowers in the party’s color scheme were used throughout the party printables including cupcake toppers, dessert labels, kids table décor and party favors.

Inspired by Amy Atlas, the dessert table consisted of cupcakes with fondant toppers from Two Sugar Babies, Aloha themed cookies from Cookies Are My Canvas that had matching hibiscus flowers and lots of colors from the party’s theme. The centerpiece for the table was a cake adorned with eco-chic hand crafted hibiscus flowers by DK Designs.  My sweet hubby helped me to make a colorful layered cake.  His engineering skills came in handy!

A happy and colorful bed linen print with bright swirls of flowers and paisley from Pottery Barn Teen was used as the backdrop for the dessert table.   The dessert table was adorned with large paper flowers that were added to the backdrop.  I made a table skirt using raffia hula skirts and I added a garland in matching party colors using leis from Party City.

The birthday girls wore adorable custom rosette tanks created by Modern Frills and had matching flower hair accessories made by Looking 4 Lilly.  They were adorable hula girls!

The guests were greeted at the door and welcomed with leis and hula skirts.  Using inspiration from Kim at The Tomkat Studio’s Fairy Party tutu centerpiece, I made hair clips from a flower bouquet I purchased at a dollar store.  The flower clips were added to tree branches I found from our yard which made the perfect centerpiece for our family room.  Girls chose their favorite flower clip to go along with their aloha accessories.

Activities for the party consisted of coloring hibiscus flowers and beach themed coloring pages, a paper leis craft station, hula lessons and a tiki piñata.

Tutorials for the Tissue Wrapped Flower Favors and the Candy Kabobs can be found here and here.


– Styling and Printables  – anna and blue paperie {etsy shop here}
– Photography – Stefanie Richter
– Cookies:
 Christina at Cookies Are My Canvas
– Rosettes Tanks: Kristina at Modern Frills
– Hair clips: Kristina at Looking 4 Lilly
– Cake Flowers: Diane at DK Designs
– Fondant cupcake toppers: Charynn at Two Sugar Babies
– Celebration candles,  candy cups and stripey straws: Shop Sweet Lulu

Leave a Comment



Hi, I really like the favor buckets that you used. Where did you get them from?

Reply January 4, 2012 at 12:24 pm

jill faelnar SAYS:

hi. i really love your aloha party. i would like to have that same theme for my daughters first birthday.

Reply March 14, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Jill SAYS:

Where did you get the sand pails from?

Reply May 1, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Payal SAYS:

I love everything about this party! The colors, decorations, and favors! Where are the sand buckets from that were used for the favors?

Reply May 19, 2012 at 7:56 am


Hi Jennifer,

Just yesterday I’ve featured two of your incredible summer party’s on my summer ideas page. I have to say… you are definitely the most gifted party planner I’ve seen!!

So I wanted to ask permission if it’s ok that I feature them. I’ve linked every photo to here as well as provided a source text link.


Please let me know,

Kindest regards,


Reply June 9, 2012 at 6:53 pm

jenn s. SAYS:

Yes – that’s fine as long as proper credit/link backs are given just like you did – thank you for asking! And this gorgeous Aloha party was actually designed by Anna and Blue Paperie :)

June 11, 2012 at 7:44 am

Megan Foyer SAYS:

Where can I find the large paper flowers? I love them!

Reply June 16, 2012 at 5:35 pm

Megan Foyer SAYS:

Doesn't say where the flowers are from

June 20, 2012 at 2:48 am

Jennica Jensen SAYS:


June 20, 2012 at 3:30 am

samar SAYS:

Your cake is beautiful. Can you post the recipe?

Reply June 29, 2012 at 11:42 am

Nicole SAYS:

Love love love the luau cake!!! How did you get the texture of the white frosting to look like that on the sides of the cake?

Reply July 21, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Denise Murtha SAYS:

Where on Etsy. Have tried to find…the ones on the backdrop. I ordered the sheet as teh backdrop. Please help. Love them.

Reply August 7, 2012 at 3:41 am

Denise Murtha SAYS:

Where on Etsy. Have tried to find…the ones on the backdrop. I ordered the sheet as teh backdrop. Please help. Love them.

Reply August 7, 2012 at 3:41 am

orly SAYS:

Love the cake! Would like to make it for my daughters first birthday in a few weeks! Also, can I purchase a digital image of the letters to make a happy birthday sign with her name on it. Any suggestions for first bdays is much appreciated. Thank you so very much!

Reply August 9, 2012 at 9:20 pm

liz SAYS:

I absolutely love the cake! How did you make the Hibiscus flowers on them or where did you get them from?

Reply April 21, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Jane SAYS:

Hi, love the cake! Thinking of making something similar; do you happen to know the size of the cake? Thanks!

Reply June 5, 2013 at 5:49 pm

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