Selecting a beach theme helps bring out the sun and fun at an adult birthday party. A beach party is also relatively easy to throw together. You don't have to go with a single mini-theme; you can pick what you like from luau, beach blanket and pool party inspirations. As long as you select suitable entertainment, decorations and refreshments, your beach party is likely to be a success.
If you're lucky enough to throw a birthday party on the beach, you don't need much more than tiki torches to line pathways, tables for food and blankets for sitting. Bring the beach to your backyard with tiki print tablecloths over each table and tiki torches around the yard. Hang colorful plastic fish and seashell decorations from fences and posts. Fill kiddy pools with sand and seashells to decorate any empty corners. Cover the back of each chair with a bright beach towel to add a splash of color. Fill buckets with sand, seashells and plastic shovels to create simple beach centerpieces for each table at the birthday party. Fill glass fishbowls with seashells and blue-tinted water to create elegant centerpieces. Tie a bouquet of colorful fish-shaped balloons to a heavy seashell to create a cheerful centerpiece for each table.
Stick with chilled drinks to help keep guests cool if you're throwing a beach-themed party outdoors. Offer a selection of non-alcoholic drinks, such as lemonade, iced tea, water and soda to keep guests hydrated. Offer a selection of alcoholic drinks, such as blended margaritas, pina coladas, fruity daiquiris, hard lemonade and beer. Light snack selections for the beach birthday party include tropical fruit salad, shrimp cocktail, coleslaw, chips with dip, veggies with dip and snow cones. Filling snack selections include potato salad, burgers, hot dogs, roast ham, barbecue and teriyaki chicken kabobs. Dessert selections include pineapple upside-down cake, coconut cupcakes and a beach ball shaped birthday cake.
Play beach or luau themed music during a beach birthday party to get guests dancing. Use the music to hold a limbo contest, hula dancing contest and hula hooping contest. Play beach volleyball if you're at the beach, or play water balloon volleyball to keep guests cool in your backyard. Break guests into teams for a crabwalk race, beach ball soccer or buy 10 pineapples and a whole coconut for a game of beach bowling. Provide buckets and shovels for a sandcastle building contest right on the beach. Provide a large tub filled with sand, a water-filled bucket and plastic sandcastle building tools for a sandcastle building contest in your backyard. Supply watermelons and knives for a watermelon carving contest or give guests a chance to relax with a game of beach bingo.
Party favors can be a way to thank guests for attending, reward winning players in a game and solidify your overall party theme. Possible beach party favors include fish shaped votive candles, seashell shaped chocolates, saltwater taffy, colorful beach towels, starfish refrigerator magnets and novelty sunglasses.
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