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.
When decorating, we like to choose locations most guests will eventually visit to place our decorations, arranging accents & "surprises" so guests discover them over the duration of the party.
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.
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 tabletop buoy floaters around a blue or white lifeguard chair. Place seashells and driftwood 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.
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:
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 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.
Create a fun day at the beach scene on your serving table for a memorable focal point.
Start with teal or ocean colored satin overlayed with a strip of burlap along the back for the beach.
We just used pieces of fabric on top of a white cotton tablecloth and pinned a Table Skirt with Hibiscus Flowers to hide the edges and add more flair.
Our beach serving table includes:
Metallic Foil Palm Tree Centerpiece
2 Tropical Beach Cabana Centerpieces
Flip Flop Votive Candle Holders
Sand Dollar Beach Chair Votive Candle Holders
Picnic Table Condiment Set
Sand Pail & Beach Ball Salt & Pepper Shakers
Resin Beach Ball Photo/Sign Holder Weight
Red & White Striped Sailboard (on the water)
Exotic Sea Shells and Driftwood
Flip Flop Beverage Napkins
Beach, Drink & Be Merry Beverage Napkins
Bright Yellow Metal Oval Tub
Bright Orange Scalloped Edge Serving Trays (2)
Flip Flop Spreader Knives
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.
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.
Color & Repetition
Choose colors and beach & surfing symbols for a consistent presentation of your theme throughout your party:
Colors: Some colorful beach party options include: 1) For a stylish look, pair ocean turquoise and sunshine yellow, 2) Go traditional, with beach ball colors of red, blue, yellow, orange and green, or 3) get trendy with a chic Miami beach combination of pink, teal, purple, and orange.
Background Color: Use a light brown color or khaki to represent sand as your background.
Patterns: Include bold stripes in the spirit of beach towels and/or use actual striped towels.
Consider neutralizing the background to make your decorations stand out with white, gray, and/or beige.
Remove competing colors and objects that distract from your theme.
Repeat your primary chosen colors and motifs as often as possible, ideally 5 times for each setting and/or field of view.
Select a primary motif representative of the beach and/or surfers, such
as surfboards. Then add easily recognizable beach symbols as complements and accents, such as: