Sun, surf and sand-it's the perfect recipe for fun, but, more important, it's the perfect recipe for a party. If you're busy planning a big beach bash, you'll want to check out these great themes for beach parties.
Preparing for Your Beach Party
Most parties start with a date and plans for invitations, but a beach party is a bit different. It needs to start with a call to local officials. Beaches have strict rules, and these rules may affect your party plans. Here's what you need to find out:
Got the green light? Then get to the fun stuff.
Party invitations should be fun and provide a glimpse of what's to come. If you can deliver the invitations to each guest, pick up an inexpensive shovel and pail for each guest from a dollar store. Then, write the party details on the shovel with a permanent marker or paint pen.
Tip: Include a note that guests should bring their shovels and pails to the party, and you'll already be on your way to setting up an activity.
The beach provides an instant backdrop for a party, so you won't need to do much decorating to set the mood. Set up a few brightly colored beach umbrellas. Then, hand out beach towels to everyone. They'll provide cheap seating, and guests can take them home once the party is over.
Try these other decorating options:
A beach party suggests so many fun activities. Host a treasure hunt; have a sand castle contest; face paint with zinc sunscreen; play a game of beach musical chairs or set up some bowling pins and give beach bowling a try. More tried-and-true classics include limbo, beach volleyball and kite-flying.
Incorporate the beach theme into the menu by serving shrimp skewers, crab cakes, beach fries and tropical fruits (mango and pineapple, for example). You can also give less beachy dishes new names that suit your party theme: Blackbeard's Barbeque, Mermaid Mashed Potatoes or Hang Ten Hot Dogs.
If you're planning to serve cake at your party, think about doing cupcakes instead. Since they're grab-and-go, you won't need to deal with the hassle of cutting up cake, and you won't have as much mess to clean up afterwards-a win-win.
More Beach Party Tips
The perfect complement to a sun-and-sand-filled party is great beach party music. All you need is a CD burner or an mp3 player. The idea is to have catchy, upbeat tunes that keep the happy mood going and possibly get people dancing. Think of mixing up different styles from the suggestions below, and add your favorites, too.
There is one thing that almost every American has in common in summer: attendance at the summer cookout. We gather around the grill with neighbors for a block party, with the soccer team for an end-of-year celebration or with our cousins for a family reunion.
Incorporate the best of what the tropics have to offer when creating beach party invitations and give guests a hint of the upcoming party in paradise. Use the invitations as a springboard to other beach party ideas and ensure that everyone can't wait to put on their Hawaiian shirts and sandals.