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Phoebe's Luau!

Miss Phoebe and I frequently have little parties ... just the two of us sometimes ... around the coffee table ... on the back deck ... on the front porch!  At a very young age, she really started liking pretty tables and decorating different parts of the house!

A couple months ago, I promised her that we would have a luau to celebrate school being out!  We made all the plans and I ordered a big box of decorations as her 'school's out' present!  The big day finally came and we had the party at Phoebe's house because they have a new swimming pool.  It was too cold to get in that pool on our luau evening, but we had a good time anyway!

Phoebe has gone all crazy about the old movie "JAWS"!  That was one of my husband's favorite movies and we had traditions of watching it every year on Memorial Day and on the 4th of July!  I was not surprised that she liked it.  Now you might be asking yourself who let a seven year old watch JAWS.  I'm guilty as charged!  I made a big joke out of the couple of icky scees and reminded her that it was just a movie.  She memorized the lines ... and memorized the music ... and went around the house for weeks playing JAWS!   So ... I invited Jaws to the luau!  That is easy to carve ... the teeth are the white part of the melon.

My pictures aren't too good ... took them in a hurry with my phone and absolutely could never get her to hold still!   Here she is dancing ... I think she got her hula dance mixed up with something she is doing in dance class!  We watched several YouTube instructional videos of hula dancers last summer and she really does know some of the symbolism of the movements!

By the time I got to my daughter's house, Phoebe had been busy helping decorate with the items in the big box!  Lots of color and unfortunately, it was too cold to be outside ... and rainy.

Our food was pretty simple.  In addition to watermelon and fresh pineapple in the JAWS ... we grilled chicken, pineapple and sweet red pepper skewers.  I marinated and then glazed the skewers in a Teriyaki based sauce that I thickened with sweet BBQ sauce and a few other spices.  A big salad with lots of nuts and dried fruit ... and grilled banana boats stuffed with chocolate bars and marshmallows ... finished the meal.   Our friend, Miss Jill, owns a frozen yogurt shop and she has spoiled Phoebe by letting her really load up on toppings including too many gummy fish or other critters!  Jill brought Phoebe two containers of gummies!  I hope they last all summer!

Phoebe has been setting the table for some time ... and usually gets it right!  She didn't have any trouble eating our luau food ...sometimes she resists things ... but she filled up at the luau!  I am a big believer in letting the kiddos get their hands all over party activities.  They will never learn, if you don't let them be involved!

I might be sharing my post with some of these parties!   Click through to visit the other posts ... but visit my home page, first, so you can see my other posts.

Creatively Living for Monday  Funday Party 
The Dedicated House for Make It Pretty Monday 
Dwellings-Heart of Your Home for Amaze Me Monday 
The DIY Dreamer for From Dream To Reality Tues  
Our Home Away From Home for Tuesdays @ Our Home 
We Call it Junkin! 
Knick of Time for Knick of Time Tues  Inspire Me Tuesday  
Creative Muster
Tweak It Tuesday The Scoop Wow Us Wednesdays 
Full Plate Thursday-Miz Helen's Country Cottage 


  1. This is just too cute! Miss Phoebe was having the time of her life both preparing for the party AND being at the party! That may be a big part of why she didn't get picky about the food...when kids are involved in the planning and execution, they tend to be more agreeable. That's wonderful! It takes the patience of Job with children, and it would appear that you are armed with a Mack truck full!

    I'm sorry it rained on your parade, but it sounds like you guys had a great time regardless. Have a wonderful weekend!

  2. Love this, my granddaughter is seven and it is so much fun to watch how they create things. Sometimes they see the simplest way to get things accomplished. I'm sure you've learned a thing or two from Phoebe. I think I'll try the Jaws watermelon, what part of the shark did she help with.

  3. What a clever way to present fruit! This would be fun to share at a beach get-together :) Thanks for linking up with the Art of Home-Making Mondays. Please join us again next week!

  4. I think the shark would scare me into eating more fruit. This is really cute.

  5. How cute! Love the shark! Thank you so much for sharing at Tuesdays at Our Home. Hugs, Maria

  6. Wow! It is all very nice but that watermelon is just outstanding ! Looks as if she was having a blast! :)

  7. Your shark is AWESOME! I love it. What a wonderful idea.
    I hope you will come visit me too if you have a chance.

  8. Great way to Monro special days. You did an excellent job carving the watermelon.

  9. Adorable Jaws watermelon! Miss Phoebe had to love that! She looks so cute dancing - I can see some great ballet form in those arms! Visiting from Pink Saturday and just had to stop by!
    Rita C at Panoply

  10. What a great idea to celebrate the end of school with a luau! Phoebe looks like she had a fabulous time! the watermelon shark is fantastic! Happy Pink Saturday!

  11. Love it! I have seen Jaws over 100 times since it was first shown on HBO (My mom wouldnt let me go see it at the movie theatre, LOL) and I now have it on DVD....

    You watermelon Jaws is adorable! and so much fun for a pool party too!!

  12. Hi Debbie,
    That is the cutest watermelon and this looks like a great Luau! Thanks so much for sharing this awesome party with Full Plate Thursday and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  13. Cute watermelon! Love the hula dancer! Thank you for linking with Home Sweet Home!


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