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From: SherryBinNH8/27/12 5:59 PM 
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(Miss Moe, I hope you chime in!)

I'm planning a "Hawaii-Five-Oh-ver-the-Hill" party for Kerry's 50th birthday in October. 

I am accumulating party store decor, leis, etc. but I could use some ideas for appropriate seeming finger food. (It will be an open house, so no sit-down dinner items, unless they also make easy to eat tiny servings.)

I have thought of kebabs with pineapple and chicken, chicken wings, maybe pulled pork sliders (a bow to roast pig, without actually roasting a pig). Fruit. Most of the guests aren't big drinkers so not planning on mixed drinks, but maybe a fruit punch, beer, lemonade... One friend offered Jello shots! ;^)

For the dual theme, I plan to have black crows holding up festive Hawaiian garlands, tombstones draped in leis, black dinnerware with luau napkins... that sort of contrast. But not too sure how to get the "mourning" aspect with food that anybody would actually eat! (My Dad died this summer. We ate cold cuts, potato salad, jello, cake -- things the church ladies put together. It was bleak! NOT party fare! So I suspect the luau concept will seriously outweigh the Over The Hill part!)

Any brilliant ideas gratefully accepted!!


Sherry Bailey
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From: gilladian8/27/12 7:53 PM 
To: SherryBinNH  (2 of 27) 
 69772.2 in reply to 69772.1 
You need an "over the hill" cake! With a polymer bear cake topper! After the nursery rhyme about the bear and the mountain....

From: 7Jackie DelphiPlus Member Icon8/29/12 3:39 PM 
To: SherryBinNH  (3 of 27) 
 69772.3 in reply to 69772.1 

Sounds like fun, Sherry, and I like the black with the brights idea.

I was sorry to hear about your dad. :(



From: SherryBinNH8/29/12 6:51 PM 
To: 7Jackie DelphiPlus Member Icon  (4 of 27) 
 69772.4 in reply to 69772.3 
Thanks, Jackie

Dad was 87 and more than ready to go. He lived and left life on his own terms, went from hospital to hospice saying he wanted to move on and die, and then he died. I was able to get back in time to spend his last few hours with him, although I won't ever know how aware he was that I was there, and it's all good. (I'm pragmatic. I'll miss him, but expecting him to continue to live unhealthily and therefore unhappily would be harsh.)

Sherry Bailey

From: clayjay8/30/12 11:34 PM 
To: SherryBinNH  (5 of 27) 
 69772.5 in reply to 69772.1 

Hi Sherry,

A luau seems like a great way to celebrate a 50 year milestone in someones life. Sounds like fun.

Sorry to hear of your father's passing. Eightyseven years is a good long life. As for that part of the luau, why not "mourn" him by celebrating his life. I'm sure he passed many milestones and reached as many goals. Replace the crows with colorful birds holding pictures of him as he celebrated those events, birthdays, holidays, births, etc. Instead of tombstones, have a large poster size picture of him with leis draped on it. Surround it with his favorite party foods. I'm sure others will like them too. Death is sad for those left behind, but hopefully, those who left are in a much better place. Especially if they were ill. Death is just another milestone we all reach sooner or later. Celebrate that event by celebrating the life that preceded it with joy instead of sadness. Black is morbid, use lots of color.

I hope you will accept this suggestion as a sincere intention to help.

My condolence for you father.

Happy Birthday to Kerry




From: Moe2647 DelphiPlus Member Icon8/31/12 1:43 AM 
To: SherryBinNH  (6 of 27) 
 69772.6 in reply to 69772.1 
Pupus.  Your mainland finger food is called pupus here.  :)  If you have a no-dinner party you serve, "Heavy Pupus"  :O  Gotta have some squid luau, yanno.  Ok, no squid.  Have your chicken skewers, see if you can find some kal-bi seasoning.  It's Korean but everyone here eats it.  Make kal-bi ribs.  Make some teriyaki chicken.  Yep, Japanese but in "poi bowl" Hawaii, we eat everyone's favorite foods.  Everyone has mac salad and potato salad, too.  And white rice.  You have that and that;s all you need for a true local style pupu party.  Have fun and Happy Birthday to Kerry!

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From: SherryBinNH8/31/12 11:11 AM 
To: clayjay  (7 of 27) 
 69772.7 in reply to 69772.5 
Thanks for the suggestions, Jay, but the luau is for Kerry (who is turning 50) and the only reason I mentioned Dad's passing was to observe that "funeral foods" are pretty boring around here, so not "party food" in my opinion. The decorations are for poking fun at Kerry, not to commemorate my Dad, so the mix of morbid and colorful is exactly what we both think would be funny in the circumstances. 

(But I do get your point, if the circumstances were different...)

Sherry Bailey

From: SherryBinNH8/31/12 11:31 AM 
To: Moe2647 DelphiPlus Member Icon  (8 of 27) 
 69772.8 in reply to 69772.6 
Oh, yay, Moe is here!! ;^)

So here's what I came up with so far.

Kalua pork made in a slow cooker and used for sliders on little dinner rolls. (I found a recipe online that calls for Hawaiian sea salt and liquid smoke, to fake the imu (?) pit flavor -- and then I actually found both red and black Hawaiian sea salt at Home Goods! Woo-hoo!)

Tiny pineapple upside down cake minis (in one of those bite-sized muffin tins I have and rarely use!)

Some form of teriyaki chicken, maybe wings, maybe skewers. Maybe the skewers with pineapple!

There is a coconut milk dessert (sounds like something between custard and pudding??) that I forgot the name of that sounded easy enough to make...

Fresh fruit like pineapple, papaya, kiwi, melon, whatever I can get in October that looks tropical and seems ripe...

So I should add kal-bi ribs and rice? (I'm trying to avoid plates-and-forks kinds of food, so I'll have to think about the rice!!)

Then there will be the inevitable weird things (maybe including jello shots) our guests bring!!

Actually, I really think I should take a quick field trip to the Islands and check out the menus firs hand!! ;^)  (Oh, if only I could!!!)


Sherry Bailey


From: Moe2647 DelphiPlus Member Icon8/31/12 1:16 PM 
To: SherryBinNH  (9 of 27) 
 69772.9 in reply to 69772.8 
Hi Sherry,

Ok, no rice.  and forks!!! Nobody uses forks!  You buy the throw away chop sicks.  :D  

The dessert is called haupia.  And imu is the Hawaiian word for "pit" which is the big hole in the ground that they cook Babe in.  You need hot lava rocks.  :)

Anyway, I'm sure your party will be a hit. Have fun and take pictures! :)

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From: clayjay9/1/12 1:06 AM 
To: SherryBinNH  (10 of 27) 
 69772.10 in reply to 69772.7 

Sorry Sherry,

What ever you do, don't serve any 'foot'. The one I just had in my mouth wasn't very good. LIke the egg on my face.




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