How to Plan a Hawaiian BBQ Picnic in San Diego

The name “Hawaii” instantly evokes a feeling of relaxation, nature, and vacation. If a trip to Hawaii isn’t currently in your budget, then consider hosting a Hawaiian BBQ picnic in San Diego. The weather here is perfect — all you need is the food and decor.

To ensure an unforgettable picnic experience, take the following steps in your planning process.

  • Food First! 

The most important thing at every picnic is of course the food. Fortunately, you don’t have to worry about cooking and barbecuing. Picnic People can take care of this for you. Our Kamaaina Luau menu is brimming with island flavor perfect for any occasion.

A few mouthwatering options to consider include:

  • Kalua Pork
  • Hawaiian Chicken
  • Coconut Rice With Ginger
  • Vegetarian Fried Rice
  • Luau Mac Salad

Check out our full menu here.

  • Experiment With Drinks

There’s so much you can do with Hawaiian cocktails, the fruity possibilities are endless. A few mandatory drink ingredients for your Hawaiian BBQ are coconuts and pineapples.

Check out these Hawaiian drink recipes.

  • Décor & Dress Code

To set the mood, try incorporating the following decor options:

  • Bamboo placemats
  • Flower arrangements with orchids, hibiscus, and other tropical flowers
  • Seashells
  • Palm trees or leaves
  • Real flower leis
  • Plastic hula dancers
  • Paper drink umbrellas
  • Tropical tablecloths

Encourage guests to come dressed in Hawaiian Aloha shirts and straw hats, and hold a contest for the best dressed.

  • Plan The Playlist

Fortunately you don’t need to create a Hawaiian playlist (unless you want to). Simply search for a Hawaiian-themed playlist on YouTube, Spotify, or Apple Music and don’t forget to bring a bluetooth speaker.

Your playlist could be traditional, with authentic Hawaiian music, or you could choose some classic beach tunes from The Surfaris, The Beach Boys, or the Blue Hawaii soundtrack.

  • Get The Games

Guests of all ages will enjoy these Hawaiian-themed games:

  • Hula Hoop Chain Race
  • Luau Scavenger Hunt
  • Outdoor Torch Ring Toss
  • Luau Bowling
  • Sand Bucket Relay Race
  • Flip-Flop Toss
  • Kabob Relay
  • Musical Leis

Picnic People is happy to help with the planning and catering portion of your next San Diego corporate picnic or family BBQ picnic. Just give us a call!

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