When it came to Theme Parties in the 1950s, Hawaiian was most popular. The veterans returning from WWII, those who were stationed in Hawaii or South Pacific, longed for the tropical fruits, music, and overall culture. So once they get got their jobs, careers, families, and homes, what better type of party to throw in the summer in their backyard than a Hawaiian Party?
Soon it was easy to find the leis, ferns, flowers and Hawaiian music to make it as close to the South Sea Islands as they could. The menu usually consisted of the following:
Chicken Curry, sautéed banana, tropical fruits, green beans almandine and of course Pineapple Upside Down Cake.
Popular beverages were Hawaiian Punch, Pineapple punch, Mai Tai and in 1957 the Blue Hawaiian. And of course, they would never have a party without Martinis.
If they really wanted to do it big, they hired a Hawaiian band or someone who played the Ukulele or Hula dancers.