A beach bonfire party is fun for nearly all ages. However, like many outside parties, you will need to plan for all sorts of things so that everyone has a good time. Before you plan the fun details of your party, be sure to find out if your beach allows bonfires and whether or not you have to procure a special permit.
Since the typical beach bonfire party happens at sundown, it's going to be dark on the beach pretty quickly. Ideally, the bonfire should not be the only source of light for this party. It's not practical, festive or safe. For example, you could hang or mount Tiki lights or Chinese lanterns all around the perimeter of where most of the party will be. If there's going to be a food area and a games area, consider taping large flashlights to stakes and jamming them into the sand. Advise guests to each bring a flashlight so that people don't lose car keys or other important items.
In theory, a beach bonfire party should be easy to spot. However, if guests have to navigate an enormous parking lot or if there are a lot of other parties that night, guests to your party might get easily confused and end up wandering around in the dark. Have white balloons with a sign by the parking lot with clear easy-to-follow arrows to guide invited people over to your party. Alternatively, on your invitation you could tell people to follow the sounds of the Beach Boys, the soundtrack to the Little Mermaid or the soundtrack to Grease.
Surprise guests by going all out when it comes to drinks and refreshments. Most people will probably just expect burgers, hot dogs, chips and soda at any beach bonfire party. Instead, grill lamb, pork chops, steaks, crabs, shrimp skewers and lobster tails. Serve your guests drinks made from fresh juices that they probably don't drink very often, such as pear, peach, pomegranate, pineapple, strawberry and lime. Garnish drinks with wedges of fresh fruit and swirly straws and little mulitcolored umbrellas so that everyone feels like they're on vacation.
Advise guests to dress warmly as the temperature can drop at the beach at night and it can also get quite windy. Bring more blankets than you think you'll need as well as extra sweatshirts for people who forget to bring one.
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