Go Nuts With A Luau This Summer!
If you've tuned into “Roseanne’s Nuts” Wednesdays on Lifetime this season, you will totally get this party. For those that haven't yet, the series follows Rosanne Barr, who, after tiring of living in frenzied Los Angeles and everything associated with the city, abandons Southern California to experience the newfound tranquility of Hawaiian farm life (growing macadamia nuts).
The show is all Rosanne, funny, outrageous and unfiltered. Hey, just the way a party should be! If you feel inspired by Rosanne or just feel like going a little nuts yourself this summer, here are some fun ideas for hosting a "Go Nuts" luau in your own backyard. It's simple just invite your friends and family to: "Hele mei hoohiwahiwa" come celebrate.
Every party needs some fun decor, so go with the theme and put out the tiki torches. It will transform your backyard into a Hawaiian paradise when the sun goes down. Create fresh flower centerpieces using tropical varieties such as Bird of Paradise, Orchids, Lilies or Gardenias. If tropical flowers are not in your budget, buy palm fronds and lay them down the center of the table like a runner. Top this with fresh fruit and votive candles. Also check out the fun banner picture above that I found on Esty.com from ReadyMadePartyParade.
Music is a must at your party. Play your favorties but mix in some sounds of luau: Don Ho's 'Tiny Bubbles" or Elvis' "Blue Hawaii" would be perfect.
Serve up some real Hawaiian treats. Try the two recipes below that feature Macadamia nuts.
MACADAMIA NUT CREAM PIE
- 1 1/3 cups of milk
- ¾ cup of sugar
- ¼ cup chopped toasted macadamia nuts
- 1 dash of salt
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 3 eggs separated
- 1 tablespoon of cornstarch
- 1 8 inch baked pastry shell
- Whipped cream
- Combine 1 cup of milk, ¼ cup of sugar, ¼ cup of macadamia nuts, salt and vanilla in a double boiler. Place over boiling water until scalded.
- Combine remaining 1/3 cup of milk, egg yolks, and cornstarch and add to hot milk mixture.
- Cook stirring constantly to prevent burning, until thickened.
- Remove from heat and cool slightly.
- Beat egg whites with remaining ½ cup of sugar until stiff.
- Carefully fold into the milk mixture and turn into the baked pie shell.
- When cool, top with whipped cream and sprinkle with a few tablespoons of chopped macadamia nuts.
MACADAMIA NUT CHI CHI COCKTAIL
- 8 oz unsweetened pineapple juice
- 2 oz coconut cream ( Coco Lopez is good)
- 4 oz vodka
- 2½ oz macadamia nut liqueur - try Trader Vic's Macadamia Nut Liqueur
- Add all ingredients to a blender; fill with ice. Blend until slushy. Serves two to four. If macadamia nuts aren’t your thing, you can simply omit the liqueur and you will have a traditional Chi-Chi.