Ever since we watched Disney’s Moana movie the first night it was in theaters, our family has been obsessed. A girl who longs to explore an ocean that calls to her, an egotistical and loveable demigod, and catchy melodies that you can’t help but sing along to- what’s not to love? Of course I HAD to throw a Moana party!
With the release of the movie earlier this week, I surprised the kids with a Disney Moana party complete with tropical leaves, shells, edible Moana canoes, and even some kakamora coconuts.
Keep reading to learn how YOU can throw an amazing Moana party too!
Start by looking around your house. You probably already have a lot of things that would work for throwing a fabulous Moana party. Shells, sand, leaves from tropical plants in your yard, flowers, and sand are all great things to round up and use as party decor.
Moana Party Decorations
To get ready for the party, my friends at Oriental Trading Company sent me lots of tropical goodies that worked perfectly!
I hung up burlap left over from our jungle safari birthday party for the backdrop, then hung colorful tissue paper flowers above the table. These intricate flowers look complicated with all their details, but all I did was pull it open and hang. Easy!
Colorful hibiscus flowers placed in real pineapples and spread throughout the table added lots of pops of color, as did the pretty floral leis. I cut one of the leis and added it to the handle of our wood serving tray. Love how pretty it looks now!
Tropical fern leaf leis were spread across the table to add that green, tropical vibe. My husband’s ancient Hawaiian weapon replica looked like something Maui might carry.
These incredible sea shells that my son found at the beach in all the rocks after a recent big winter storm were perfect on the party table.
Now for my favorite part- the kakamora! In the movie there are kakamora that wear armor made of coconuts that attack Moana and Maui.
With a little paint and a coconut, I recreated one of their fearsome faces. I love how fierce he looks stacked on top of the other coconuts!
Moana Party Food
My other favorite part of the party were the Moana boats that I made, complete with the red ocean symbol on the sails. I’ll share exactly how I made them soon.
They look so great on the blue ocean dish I scored last summer! It looks just like boats on the water.
I created an easy Moana snack mix for the party by combining popcorn, coconut chips, Whoppers (coconuts), and blue gummy sharks.
The Moana snack mix was served in cute individual Moana cups.
Brightly colored straws and forks sat in these fun ceramic tiki tumblers. Aren’t they fun?
Grilled chicken and fresh pineapple were skewered onto darling hibiscus picks to make grilled chicken kabobs. To get our Moana meal ready faster, I bought the yummy grilled chicken nuggets from Chick-Fil-A. They tasted amazing, looked great, and saved me lots of time in the kitchen!
Large pineapple wedges were also served with the hibiscus flower picks on a tropical leaf on a wood serving tray. There were originally lots of mini coconuts (aka Whoppers) on the bottom tier of the tray, but about half of the candy mysteriously disappeared when I was setting up.
My kids blame that savage little kakamora, but I know better…
Be sure to check out my daughter’s big Moana birthday party we threw for her for TONS of Moana party inspiration!
Moana Party Activites
There’s just something about sitting around a fire that brings everyone together. We had a nice relaxing fire with the Duraflame Crackle Flame Logs from my friends at Duraflame. The kids all wore leis- flower leis for the girls and fern leaf leis for the boys.
These logs are awesome because they make that soothing crackling sound as they burn. They are made with 100% renewable resources, and even burn 80% cleaner than wood!
A fire used to be a luxury for me since it was a lot of work and I needed a lot of wood to keep it going. I would always make my husband do it since it was such a big hassle. 😉
Now, all I have to do is light a match and light the log on the two red arrows. I can have an indoor or outdoor fire whenever I want with no work… and no husband required (even though I’ll definitely be keeping him). 😉
It’s tough to beat the smell and feel of an outdoor fire. It really sets the atmosphere for a nice relaxing evening time with family and friends.
After dinner and the fire it was movie time. Moana is such a good movie that has a great message, so of course we loved every second of it.
If your kids love Moana too, throw them a Moana party, or even a Moana birthday party! I’m sure they’ll sing you a big “you’re welcome” and will remember it for years to come.
Here are more ideas that would work great for a Moana party-