One idea I read online for a hula party was to play "pass the coconut." I thought, easy enough, but possibly lame. But the kids loved it. They were very excited and into it.
I ordered a bunch of stuff from Oriental Trading Company (I'm not linking for reasons that will soon be revealed) and one box came with the hula skirts in it. It was Thursday, so I called OTC and they said the box was at the post office; it was not. I kind of harassed the guy at the Acton PO but that didn't make the box arrive; Craig got the plastic leis at Wal-mart and we had the party . . . but even now, the second box hasn't arrived.
When I called I said I wanted a refund on the whole order and she said "I'll need the hula skirts back." Really? You really want to be like that?
Oh well. It's not a big deal and now I don't have luau party decorations that I have to store. My sister-in-law brought a few things she had so that added to the ambiance.
And Kate had a great time. She didn't miss a table skirt or making her own lei. She just had a good time celebrating turning 4.