Have you been thinking about hosting a Hawaiian luau themed shindig for your tween daughters and their friends? Do you already know which items you want to give them as souvenirs? If not, I’d like to offer up a list of items that I have used during the course of my events planning career for tweens. You may find it helpful. Here it is:
Glow in the Dark Leis
Based on my experience, tweens will appreciate Hawaiian leis that glow in the dark. There are some stores, like Oriental Trading, that sell readymade Glow Lei Bracelets for $11 a dozen. You could also make your own by purchasing glow in the dark necklaces and regular leis from party related retailers. Once you have the supplies on hand, simply remove the string from the regular lei and rethread the faux flowers onto the glow in the dark necklaces.
Skin Care Gift Bags
Floral cellophane bags stuffed with trial size bottles of suntan lotion, tropical lip balm, floral hair clips and perfume samples are another item that tweens tend to adore. You can typically purchase those items through specialty retailers for a reasonable fee.
Cool Down Bags
Speaking of bags, you may also want to think about stuffing a few with battery operated Island Hibiscus Fans, customized bottles of water and reusable ice cubes. The fans tend to be available for purchase through select party supply shops and discount retailers. On average, a dozen is likely to cost you $27. Reusable ice cubes are often available through the same retailers. If you don’t want to hand out the individual cubes, you could opt to give each guest a novelty ice cube tray instead. As far as the water goes, just make customized labels on your home computer and then slap one onto each bottle. You can usually buy the self-adhesive labels through office supply stores.
Luau Mint Tins
I’d also suggest thinking about investing in Luau Mint Tins. They are about the size of Altoids tins and are outfitted with customized, Hawaiian themed labels. You could opt to purchase readymade, prefilled tins through select retailers or make your own. In my experience, buying them readymade is sometimes the cheaper alternative. In most instances, retailers like Shindigz sell the readymade tins for around $2 each. If you go the other route, you’ll need to buy mint tin labels, empty tins and bulk mints (unwrapped). That could end up costing you $3 to $4 a container depending on how many you need for the party.
Source: Personal Experience
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