Decorating Ideas For A Surfer Beach Party
Recreate the casual and relaxed atmosphere reminiscent of the surf, sun and sand of a beach vacation for a fun party everyone can enjoy. A surfer or beach party makes an ideal theme as the weather gets warm and a welcome twist during cold weather.Beach Party Decorating Basics
There are four basic rules we follow to achieve a delicate balance of a fun and engaging party atmosphere that will also convey taste and sophistication:1) Strategic placement:
- Choose locations most guests will eventually visit to place your decorations.
- Arrange accents where guests are likely to "stumble upon" them.
- Plan decorations to be discovered over the duration of the party.
- Key strategic positions include:
Make a great first impression and set the mood to fun for your arriving guests with a hanging vintage beach life ring
on the front door.
The colorful, weathered greeting placed in this very visible location will go a long way in creating a lasting memory of your event. Then, hang the life ring as a bar decoration after your Beach party is over.
Use a brass wreath door hanger
to eliminate the need for tape or tacks.<== BAR & COCKTAILS
The bar is an ideal location to showcase your detailed theme-related decorations, because all of your guests will visit or mingle nearby at some point.
Create a festive beach scene on the bar with a tabletop buoy floaters
around a 15.5" lifeguard chair with red & white life rings
hanging on each side
. Place seashells
on the bar and throughout the party area. Then, add some sparkle with colorful metallic confetti of sea creatures, shells, and waves
For cocktails, create a beach-inspired drink and name it for the event or guest of honor, find plenty of yummy drink suggestions in our Beach Drink Ideas
section, like Sex On The Beach
and Sand In Your Shorts
. Add a set of shell cocktail picks
to your bar tools
Highlight the surfing motif with surfboard beverage napkins
featuring surfboards on a beach and a "Board Meeting" sign or "summer day at the beach" cocktail napkins
. Don't forget to lift spirits
with cheerful drink parasols in pink, green, yellow, and blue
Like the bar, virtually every guest will visit the bathroom at some point, making it an excellent showplace for your distinctive decorations.
Tastefully coordinate your bathroom decorations with a combination of beach and seaside icons in a display of towels, soap,
and an extra surprise, like a lifeguard chair, include:
Not only will you have a captive audience, but it keeps your party interesting as guests discover surprises throughout the evening.
Sprinkle a few pieces of sea life confetti
for continuity and a dash of shimmer and shine.<== DINNER PARTY
Enchant your guests with an elegant beach dinner table setting by combining the subtle beauty of natural and nostalgic icons.
Painted metal beach cabanas
in coordinated stripes take center stage as a unique trio of taper candle holders. Add a 15.5" tall white lifeguard chair
complete with red & white life rings and a carved wood sea gull
perched on a piling.
A pair of carved shore birds
guard each end of the centerpiece, while sea shells
scattered throughout give texture and natural beauty to the scene. Use striped dinner napkins along with the soothing pastels of the "Summer Day At The Beach" beverage napkin
in each plate.
Check out out the dinner party section
for more dinner party planning tips.HORS D'OEUVRE TRAYS ==>
Passing hors d'oeuvres on silver trays
with doilies not only adds a touch of style and
elegance, but introduces another level of excitement as guests
anticipate the next tray of intricately assembled appetizers.
In addition to wowing the crowd with your detailed bites, this
is the perfect opportunity to introduce another beach-themed surprise
to each guest as the tray is passed.
Buy small and sturdy accents as
serving tray centerpieces for your hors d'oeuvre to delight your
guests over the duration of the party. We suggest a:
- A shore bird surrounded by crab & mango stacks
- A pelican perched on a piling in a sea of shrimp canapes.
- A pair of flip flop candles encircled by jerk chicken bites.
Use the tray centerpieces as party
area decorations once the appetizer has been served. For a birthday party, also place multi-colored Happy Birthday food picks
randomly in a tray of hors d'oeuvres to reinforce the occasion.
We have included these and other appetizer recipes in the Beach Party Food Ideas
section.CONFETTI & SCATTER ==>
A beach party provides a number of options to decorate using theme inspired confetti and/or scatter decorations, such as, real sea shells
and beach driftwood
. Metallic seaside confetti
of sea creatures, waves, and seashells is an easy way to impress your guests with subtle details. Or use our own beach confetti mix
of black sunglasses, gold metallic suns, green palm trees, and large colorful starfish.
Add sparkle and happy thoughts by scattering confetti sparingly on the bar, in the bathroom, and on the dinner table. If you are mailing invitations or thank you notes, add just a sprinkle of confetti fun and festivity in each envelope. <== PARTY AREA & LIGHTING
Use votive candle holders liberally to add indirect lighting. Alternate colored votive candle holders of red
, and orange
with frosted white
Keep votives & decorations in the party area at or just above
eye level for better visibility. Use votive candles and life ring string lights, palm tree string lights
, surfboard string lights
, and/or beach ball string lights
to draw attention to more beach decorations like a beach ball
, metallic palm tree
, and a decorative beach shack birdhouse
. Position decorations on the staircase, mantel, high
shelves or hang them on the wall.
Ideally, your party area should be just large enough to accommodate your
guests to encourage mingling and conversation while discouraging
sitting. For outdoor parties, try to create a designated party area
around the bar.2) Repetition:
Choose colors and motifs, then repeat them as often as
possible to reinforce your theme. A beach theme offers several great
color scheme options:
- Background Color: Use a light brown color or khaki to represent sand as your background.
Color: Use a shade of turquoise to signify ocean
water and/or use bright primary colors found in beach balls, umbrellas
and surfboards like red, blue, yellow, orange and green. Alternatively,
use a combination of pink, aqua/teal, purple, and orange for a more trendy look.
- Patterns: Use bold red & white striped fabrics in the spirit of beach towels and/or use actual striped towels.
Select a primary motif representative of the beach and/or surfers, such
as surfboards. Then use as many easily recognizable beach symbols as
you have available, such as:
3) Tasteful decorations:
- Beach towel
- Beach chair
- Suntan lotion
- Sea shells
- Life ring
- Pail & shovel
- Flip flops
- Palm tree
- Lifeguard chair
- Sand castle
- Beach ball
- Sand dollar
- Fishing net
4) Neutral background:
- Buy quality and understated accents that are thoughtful and clever.
- Seek out the unique and distinctive to make things memorable.
- Avoid gaudy, in-your-face decorations.
- Pass over common and cheap-looking paper and plastic items.
not using "water" colors of blue and aqua, neutralize the background to
make your decorations stand out. For example use a white tablecloth on
your dinner table.
competing colors and objects in the party areas that distract from your
- Use your theme colors of blue and tan; red, yellow,
blue, green, and orange; or pink, aqua, purple and orange whenever
possible. When using more than 2 or 3 colors try to use all of your
colors together on a neutral background.