PARTY TIME! A Tropical Hawaiian Moana themed Luau – Ruby is 4!

A few weeks ago Ruby turned 4 and we celebrated with her best friends and their families at home. I can honestly say it was my fave day of this entire year. It’s been a really rough year for our family grieving the loss of my little brother and it was nice to take some time out from that all-consuming mindset (grief is SO ROUGH, I’ll leave it there) and celebrate Ruby, but also family, and birthdays, and colour and just have FUN. With a 4 year-long and strong unicorn obsession under Ruby’s belt this birthday party was always going to be a magical unicorn pastel everything extravaganza. However after a recent trip to Disney Aulani Ruby could speak of nothing else but Hawaii and her fave Disney princess Moana! When I suggested a change in theme she jumped at it (YASSSSS!). And I was super happy to bust out my inner flamingo and get cracking on plans for this Hawaiian themed tropical luau! We worked with a gorgeous and super talented stylist here in Adelaide Poppy & Pear Event Styling (gorgeous Ellie!) who totally got our vision and vibe and worked so hard to make all Ruby’s Hawaii/Moana dreams come true at the same time as making my life a tonne easier the days leading up to the party!

Out the front she used a Poppies for Grace DIY garland and Ellie incorporated this cool mirror board she decorated her self (so clever!) to welcome the guests.

I mean, I have no words. The main balloon garland was a ‘custom’ DIY Poppies for Grace kit, and we also got the party plates, hats and food display stands from there also. Ellie then weaved her own extra touches adding the luau necklaces, pineapple cups, and flowers amongst the balloons. Her talent blew us away! Styling with so much colour can be tricky and I can’t believe how well it all came together. a DREAM!


Ruby’s Moana cake was from the super talented Adelaide cake extraordinaire Create Me A Cake (@createmeacake) who has been making R’s cakes since she was a bubba.

And the amazing dessert spread was from Town & Country Custom Cakes & Decorating. (you can find clever Gail on facebook linked above or try looking up Town & Country Custom Cakes & Decorating) Those oyster biscuits were my fave!

We hired this gorgeous kids sized table and chair situ from Jaks Hire & Events. And also hired the awesome Flamingo Bar from them too. I want it permanently in our home ha!! You can find them on Instagram @jakshireandevents and Facebook: JAKSHire.

This amazing adults grazing corner / island bench take over was put together by one of my best friends, super talented Food by Annabel! You can find her on Instagram @foodbyannabel and also on Facebook . Think Tiny Tuna Poke bowls, cauliflower spiced baby burritos, prawn cocktails, and the most colourful flower dusted chicken sambos! Talk about food on point! So delish.

And the most fun of all – MOANA!!!!! Beautiful Naomi from Entertainment Emporium kept the kids super engaged and happy with a treasure hunt, games, face painting, stories and a dance off!

And lastly – party bags! These gorgeous cookies I sourced from the clever @frostedbynicciI love how they are individually wrapped – they made the perfect addition to the party bags!

I can’t say enough how stress free this was with the help from Poppy & Pear Event Styling we really could just sit back and enjoy the day once it got underway. I took all the set up photos before the party started, and passed my camera to my gorgeous friend and wedding photog Kate Potter who helped me out by taking some action shots throughout the day so I could enjoy the party, mingle with our guests and most importantly sit back and watch Ruby soak up all the fun with her little friends 🙂

Happy Birthday Miss Ruby! xx




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