Tiger, Zebra, shroom, and cheri,
Thanks to you all for your great ideas! I've printed them out and have been sifting through them. The client and her guests are more on the plain side, but I'm sure we can liven things up somewhat with some of your suggestions! Whoever said right in the beginning that it's more about the decor than the food was right. Right at the moment, we've got ribs, pulled pork, chicken with some sort of fruity salsa, a pasta salad done with soba and an Asian slaw. We're not finished with the menu yet, though.
I've used the monstera leaves before, but they're about $8 each up here. I'm going to look for the artificial ones at Michael's. Grass skirt table skirting is a perfect idea and I'll pick upa couple of yards of Hawaiian print fabric as well.
I'm much more into the food and usually leave the decor to the host. I don't have a big enough staff nor enough time to be able to decorate, but I really wish I did. I should just bite the bullet and start incorporating some into my cost and pay someone else to do more of the cooking.
I knew about the spam thing and even had a good laugh over it with the hostess. I suggested (tongue in cheek, mind you) Spam and pineapple skewers, grilled spam with mango salsa, spam spread on crackers. My DD is a ski patroller and they have Spam Fest every year at the end of the season. They dress in Hawaiian shirts and make Spam Everything! DD has been a vegetarian for years and only recently started eating chicken. Needless to say, she's not to fond of Spam Fest. Picture ski patrollers towing sleds with injured people in them down the snowy mountain with colorful shirts flapping in the breeze... They're a strange bunch:crazy:
Thanks again. I'll keep you posted. The party is at the end of July.