Wednesday, July 23, 2014

An Easy Way to Say "Mahalo"

Hawaii is one of my favorite places to visit for its tropical and rustic beauty.  I have had the opportunity to visit twice and I hope that there will be many more trips in the future!

Early visitors to Hawaii noted that they were generous and grateful people, but had no word to express gratitude or to say "thank you", so "mahalo" was born. 

Summertime can often be a busy time of year with vacations, family visits and work. What better time to make time to stop & say "mahalo" to those around you. My office just had a staff luau as a way to say thank you to everyone for their hard work and creativity. That and we just like to laugh & have fun together!

The food & decor were so cute and festive. Since I am not the best cook, I contributed by adding a Hawaiian centerpiece. Enjoy and mahalo to you!

Start with multi-colored leis

Twist each lei & then fold it into itself (like making a pretzel)
Secure with hot glue

 You end up with a beautiful lei flower to incorporate into your centerpiece

I worked with some beautiful Limelight Hydrangeas that were blooming in my yard

This was so much fun to create!

It was a perfect centerpiece for the drink table 
(please note the coconuts:) )

We had delicious food, a scavenger hunt and lots of laughs 
Here are some of the other special touches


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