Check Out these Fun Beach Party Ideas if you Can't Make it to the Ocean or Lake this Summer!
June 21, 2012
Just because you’re landlocked in an urban jungle doesn’t mean you can’t throw your own beach party blow out! Even if the closest body of water is the kiddie swimming pool in your backyard, you can still throw a wild beach party that will get your guests in the mood for some summer fun in the sun. With some creativity and the right party supplies you’ll be able to throw a heck of a beach party and no one will miss the sand or the surf!
Let your guests know it’s time for some summer fun in the sun with one of our personalized beach theme invitations, which will get them in the mood for a good time! And be sure to include that beach attire is required! After all, in order for your beach party to feel authentic, you need to have your guests decked out in their summer finest. Sundresses, Hawaiian shirts, plaid shorts, flip flops, and any other summer apparel is allowed. And let everyone know that the guest with the best beach theme outfit will win a special prize at the end of the night!
If you don’t have the luxury of living on the beach, you’ll have to rely on your decorating skills to transform your party space into a beach oasis. Ideally, you’ll be able to have your beach party outside, which will at least give you the summertime feel and let your guests enjoy the sun. So cross your fingers and hope the rain and clouds stay away on party day so your party can go off without a hitch! Start your backyard transformation by stringing paper lanterns and floral lights from your trees and house. Once the sun starts to set, these lights will add a festive touch to your party. Use our raffia umbrella covers to turn your deck into a tiki hut, and add some flaming tiki heads as centerpieces for your tables. Complete your beach theme decorations with brightly colored Hawaiian leis for your guests to wear once they arrive at the party!
Set up a buffet table to hold all your beach party foods. A bright colored table cloth like the Bahama Breeze table cover is a great choice and has coordinated plates and napkins that will complete your festive beach theme. Stocking up on food covers to protect all the food from insects is a smart idea as well.
When it’s time to decide on the menu for your beach party, there’s two ways to go and both are perfect for a beach theme. The first is seafood! Serve up shrimp cocktails, crab cakes, clams, lobster boils with corn and potatoes, and crab legs. Or, if you’re looking for something a little easier, go for grilled foods. The traditional hamburgers and hotdogs can be upgraded to barbeque chicken, fresh fish, steaks, and roasted veggies. You could even go all out and hire a catering company to do a pig roast in the back yard! Whichever cuisine you decide to go with, just be sure you have plenty of fun to feed all your guests and be sure to keep any side dishes made with mayonnaise, like potato salad, on ice to prevent spoilage. You’ll also want to be sure the bar is stocked with everything you need to create tropical cocktails, like pina coladas, margaritas, mai tais, and Long Island ice teas! Fill an inflatable cooler with ice to keep your beer, sodas, and bottled water cool throughout the party.
Even if you don’t have the benefit of the ocean and the sand for your guests to enjoy at your beach themed party, that doesn’t mean you can’t plan some fun beach activities for your guests! You’ll want to have plenty of beach balls on hand for guests, young and old, to play with. And, if you have lots of kids coming, decorating sailor hats with fabric paints, fake flowers, or markers is a fun activity that will keep them busy. You can also fill a kid size pool with water and have rubber duck races. Let your friends make wagers on the winner to make the game a bit more interesting!
Even if you are nowhere near the beach and your guests have never seen the ocean, there’s no reason you can’t throw an awesome beach party blow out! Just ask your friends to use their imaginations and trust your awesome party planning skills and they’ll soon be transported to a beachside oasis filled with tropical treats and fun in the sun!