Beach themed birthday parties are always a huge hit with kids and adults alike. How fun to spend a carefree day wading in the water, running on the beach, and building sand castles. Kites, beach balls, and snorkel equipment just add to the fun.
Though it sounds exciting, when it comes down to the nitty-gritty of planning a beach themed party, the details can seem a bit daunting. Making sure everyone is fed and entertained takes planning. Here are some fun ideas that will get the party off to a great start and last through the whole party.
DIY Beach Party Ideas
While you can easily throw a beach themed party at the beach, you can also host a pretty awesome beach themed party easily right at your house!
Before the party, you need to consider the invitations. You can always cut out flip-flops from construction paper and mail them but did you know you can mail a real flipflop all by itself, with no envelope? It’s true! Here is a tutorial explaining exactly how. And here is a photo using the same idea in case you need more inspiration. This is such a fun idea and imagine the surprise for the recipient!
If mailing a flipflop is not your style, how about a beach ball? Again, it can be mailed without an envelope. Any kids would love to receive an invitation on a beach ball, don’t you think? You just blow it up, write out your message, and send it along!
Need some game ideas? Whether your party is at the beach or in your backyard, you can enjoy games that will be enjoyed and remembered!
For starters, how about a Sand Scavenger Hunt? If you are at the beach, you can hide beach style objects like beach shovels, pails, seashells that have been written on, etc. You can leave a small clue on the sand or even draw out a fun map.
Another fun game would be a sand castle building contest or relay. You can have teams building or build alone. Give parameters (must have a moat around the castle, must be 12” high, etc) for the contest.
If you are throwing your party at home, both of these games can be completed in kiddie pools filled with sand.
Everyone knows food is what makes the party. Luckily, beach themed party foods can be simple yet wonderfully fun! These flipflop sandwiches (aka flipwiches) are absolutely adorable, don’t you agree? Did you know you can turn a hot dog into an octopus? Have you ever carved a watermelon? A fun treat that can act as a table centerpiece, and they are not too difficult to do!
Desserts can also be creative, simple, and tasty! You can shape Rice Krispie treats into whatever shape you like – maybe a sea turtle or starfish? For inspiration, you can check out this post.
When considering beach decorations, it is often best to keep it simple. The games and foods double as decor and beach decor are typically pretty easy. The simple mason jar centerpieces and tiki torches in this article would be the perfect addition to spruce up your party and bring it to a 10!
A beach themed party does not have to be overwhelming. Just ride the waves, keep it simple, and enjoy! It will be a hit for everyone!