Moana comes out in November and I’m so excited! I don’t have kids but I have nieces galore and I can’t wait to go check it out with them. I am be the best aunt ever! The Rock is one of my favorite actors on the planet and I’m so tickled to see him in this role that is so close to his heritage. The young lady who voices Moana is making her acting debut and, even though I don’t know her, I’m so happy for her! I saw the video of Disney telling her she got the part and it’s just awesome 🙂
Another reason that I’m excited about this movie is that I love Hawaii! My brother is a Marine and I had the pleasure of visiting him when he was stationed there several years ago. We explored everything he could show me…Byodo-In Temple, Hanauma Bay, Pearl Harbor (where I met a veteran from TN!), hiking into Diamond Head National Crater and seeing an active lava flow, hiking up to see Honolulu, visiting the Nuuanu Pali lookout, King Kamehameha’s statue and palace, Akaka Falls State Park, Kaimu Black Sands Beach (we saw whales!), the Dole Factory, The Painted Church…and so much more!
Man, I had a blast in Hawaii! Also, my brother is a pretty awesome tour guide!
So when I saw the trailer for Moana, I thought, “these are my people!”
For the table, I wanted to incorporate as many DIY elements as possible. I printed some images and put them on foam board to make “dolls” and used different ocean elements that I had around the house. Because party planners are total hoarders, I found everything I needed between my craft room and garage. I really need to have a yard sale…
My favorites elements are handmade: the palm trees and the lanterns!
- The palm trees were made by hot gluing toilet paper rolls together and wrapping the seams with burlap twine. The leaves were printables that I found here. I hot glued them to the top of the tree trunk and used a pencil to curl them.
- The sun lanterns were made using bamboo skewers, paper, paint and a little patience. I’ll post the tutorial to those soon 🙂
Desserts and quick, easy sandwiches are a perfect place to start. Your kiddos are definitely going to want to make this a bright and festive celebration!
Of course you’re going to need just a little bit of real food! Try these quick sliders…they have a slight twist on the original, catering to a Southern palate.
After those food groups are satisfied, dig in for desserts! Cookies, cake pops and cake are always party favorites. They have just enough sugar to get the people going!
Pineapples are healthy, right? Pineapple slices were dipped into swirled white chocolate for the semblance of a healthy snack 🙂
Cake pops dipped into swirled white chocolate were turned into sailboats as they are fitted with Moana sails. Pua absolutely has to come along for the ride!
The first bad guys our heroes meet on their adventure are the Kakamora…mini pirates in coconut shell armor. Ankle biters, I tell ya…
I knew that I needed to have a volcano cake and saw this image from the movie of Moana talking to Pele:
I remember when we went to Kilauea and heard the story about Pele, the volcano goddess who protects the islands. Let’s just say, I was discouraged to bring back any souvenirs from this particular part of our tour…
I had an absolutely amazing time in Hawaii and to say that I’m excited about this movie release is a total understatement. I love Disney movies and am not ashamed to buy my own copies to watch repeatedly 🙂 I’ll be the first in line with my girls on Thanksgiving!
Hit me up in the comments to let me know if you’re going to see it and which character you’re most excited about!