Hawaiian Themed Bridal Shower
I am having a Hawaiian themed bridal shower for my sister in Mid-May. Given the number of people invited, I am only expecting a turn-out of about 10 or so. I picked the Hawaiian theme because that is where my sister is going on her honeymoon. However, I don't really know a lot about Hawaiian food, and have had some difficulty coming up with recipes.
The shower is technically a "dessert shower," meaning that I am planning on making several desserts (a mix of individual as well as full-sized), but I would also like to have a few savory things as well to balance things. Preferably, I'd like to keep it vegetarian, since both she and I are vegetarians, but have already settled on a crab dip recipe, so seafood or one or two meat items are an option. I am not looking for entrees...simply snacky foods, salads, veggies, etc. If anyone has any ideas for either particular recipes or simply certain ingredients that they think should be incorporated into a Hawaiian style party, I'd be very appreciative. I am doing a bit better on desserts than I am on savory items but if anyone knows of any Hawaiian dessert recipes they'd like to share, I'd also be much obliged. Preferably, I am looking for all of the recipes to be pretty good at room temperature (or at least not requiring being steaming hot or freezing cold to be good). Oh, and of course, there will be cocktails, so if anyone has good Hawaiian drink recipes, I'd love those too. I am also trying to find recipes for non-alcoholic layered drinks, but have had some difficulty. Thanks!
Since Japanese food is popular in HAwaii, I would do teriyaki beef and pineapple skewers. Make them on the small 6" bamboo skewers to make them snack size. Macaroni salad is a standard in the traditional Hawaiian lunch plate, as is plain white rice. A tropical fruit salad with pineapple, papaya, mango, etc would be nice and refreshing.
Haupia is a traditional hawaiian sweet item. It's a thick coconut pudding type thing. Good stuff. I'm sure you can find Google some recipes.
how funny because i also threw my sister a hawaiian themed bridal shower! the biggest hit was the ginger sesame salmon fillet. now that i think of it, some kind of grilled skewers would have been nice. you could make a few different ones like shrimp, chicken, or one that's all fruit (grilled mangos! yum!) and/or vegetables. i also made a blue hawaiian punch which was 2 parts coconut rum, 1 part blue caracao, and pineapple juice.
good luck, i'm sure it will turn out great!
For a little retro Hawaiian fun, you could make a "baked Hawaii." Cut a pineapple in half, right through the leafy top. Scoop out the pineapple meat (use a knife to cut around the outside first). Chop the fruit, drain the juice, then mix the fruit with vanilla or coconut ice cream. Stuff the mix back in the empty pineapple shells and freeze until quite hard. When ready to serve, cover with meringue and hit with a torch, or put under the broiler. Sure, it's a little silly, but it's cute and how can one go wrong with fresh pineapple and good quality ice cream?
Unfortunately, I know nothing about traditional Hawaiian food. Sorry.
Apparently two factors affect the density of liquids and allow you to layer them: sugar content and alcohol percentage. I have a feeling alcohol is the signifant factor. You could experiment with grenadine and other syrups to see how they blend with different juices/mixers - I don't think you will get a layered effect but you might get a gradient effect, like a tequila sunrise without the tequila (grenadine & orange juice, I think you put the grenadine in the glass first to get the effect, which is red/pink at the bottom fading to orange at the top).