The Dice of Paradise

Posted by on November 23, 2011 at 6:25 pm :: No Comments

It was my turn to host bunco this month and I decided, since it seems like Utah has already had more than its share of winter, that a little tropical escape was in order. So I planned a bunco luau and we ladies rolled the dice island style.

The exotic foodstuffs were in no short supply: coconut cupcakes, fresh mango and pineapple wedges, hand-squeezed strawberry guava lemonade, luau pork, Jamaican jerk chicken, and chips with pineapple salsa.

Making the setting properly exotic was a relatively easy task. I’m a party girl so I had quite a few decorations from previous island themed gatherings. And believe me, nothing says paradise like some fake tropical blooms and plastic Hawaiian gods. Jason even lit tiki torches out in our front yard to spark the mood as the girls approached.

Most of the ladies dressed in their island best. We were a throng of sarongs, bikinis, and leis. I chose to break out my summer attire and wear something very similar to what I dressed in last time I was in Hawaii.

The refreshments were perhaps not completely authentic but they were tasty and plentiful. I made coconut cupcakes from scratch and fresh squeezed strawberry guava lemonade. The rest of the grub was provided by Rumbi Island Grill. Their luau pork and Jamaican jerk rice bowls were delish.

I think the sweet pineapple and relaxing Hawaiian melodies successfully soothed the 30 degree weather and eminent snowfall from the minds of my guests, at least until the subarctic winter night blasted them with a frigid reminder that Utah ain’t no temperate paradise.

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