Throw an amazing beach party, even if you live far from the coast, with a fabulous backyard beach party!
We’ve got tons of ideas of how to make your garden feel like a beach on a tropical island. It’s a fantastic opportunity to bring people together and get the kids having some fun, now that we’re allowed! Here’s how we did it.
How Do You Throw A Beach Party At Home?
Well first of all, you’ll need a garden. It doesn’t have to be huge, or look particularly scenic – we’ll be fixing it up with decorations anyway. It just needs to be big enough so that you can have some visitors over to make the most of it with you!
If you really wanted, you could set up a beach party inside your home, but a lot of our ideas aren’t going to work inside. Instead, turn the heating on so it gets a bit warm, pop a video of a tropical sunset on your TV, enjoy some ice lollies and lounge around on beach towels in your swimwear!
Don’t forget that all-important beach soundtrack – we’re thinking plenty of Beach Boys (classic for a reason), George Ezra, Bob Marley, The B-52s, and Katrina and the Waves. Of course you should cater to your audience, and it doesn’t all have to be specifically beach themed, just happy, upbeat summery music!
How Do You Decorate?
Go all out with a party that makes you feel like you’re somewhere sunny and beautiful! The best way to start is with a huge colourful centrepiece, like this amazing Tiki bar (which has the added benefit of being a drink or food serving station) – full instructions for the setup here.
There’s no such thing as “over the top” when it comes to a beach party, so make sure to decorate the bar with balloons, bunting, centrepieces like this fabulous golden pineapple, and of course – don’t forget the drinks!
We created this fabulous set up with palm leaf bunting around the top interspersed with this gold pineapple garland, Tiki bunting around the table, and an incredible twisted balloon arch made from the brightest, most tropical balloons we could dig out (plus this cute happy sun balloon!). Pretty much anything with pineapples, hibiscus flowers and palm leaves make for the perfect décor. Feel free to take inspiration from our Tiki Party, Festival Party and Pineapple Party posts.
What Do You Do At A Beach Party?
For the little ones, you can really go all out on making their beach experience perfect by buying a few bags of play sand and filling a small inflatable pool with it. Toss in a few buckets and spades and they’ll happily sit and play while the adults get to catch up!
If you’re concerned about them tracking sand into the house, you could either set up a second paddling pool to use as a bath, put up an inflatable sprinkler, or just spray them off with the garden hose. If you’d like some less sandy ways of entertaining the kids we’ve got you covered.
We’ve got loads of garden games, including limbo and hoopla that are classic choices for beach parties, or you could get in a piñata for everyone to take a whack at! Provide the kids with some water pistols or bubbles and they’ll be able to entertain themselves for hours.
What Do You Wear To A Beach Theme Party?
Make sure to set a dress code when you send out your invites – it can be as simple as “beachwear” or as extravagant as a beach fancy dress!
A classic option, and one that’s easy to wear (and not embarrassing if you have to nip to the shop) is a Hawaiian shirt or dress. We have a few cool options that don’t need anything adding – although a lei, hat, grass skirt or flower hair clip would look great too!
Depending on how well the weather is replicating a beach vibe, you could even wear a swimsuit to the party, although it might be best to bring a cover-up just in case it turns! We’ve also got a few vintage style bathing suit costumes for women and men, and some great Baywatch fancy dress that ranges from sexy to silly.
You could also set a theme, but keeping it vague is usually the best way to get a good mix of costumes and letting everyone choose their own comfort level.
What Will You Eat?
There are so many options, but if you’re out in the garden is there anything that says “beach summer” better than a barbecue?
Don’t limit yourself to just burgers and hotdogs – although they are great choices – but have a think about some really tropical food like Caribbean cuisine. Think bright, fruity flavours and plenty of spice on things like kebabs, corn and fish.
For snacks, fruit kebabs are a great choice, made up in advance and just displayed on the Tiki Bar for everyone to grab when they want a nibble. Get out your most summer fruits, like watermelon, strawberries and kiwi. Other snacks like antipasti work great – we really loved stuffed peppers and olives on hand to pick at with a fruity cocktail. Don’t forget the food picks!
We filled the table with fruit in lots of different types of containers to get that beautifully mismatched look, and offered plastic glasses for bubbly. If you can get someone who’s happy on cocktail duty, all the better! If not it’ll have to be self-serve, maybe with a pre-made batch of beach day cocktails in a fun drink dispenser, and just provide glasses and straws for everyone to help themselves. You can also use an inflatable drinks holder on the floor – fill it with ice and cans of drink for easy access for the little ones.
Whether you’re missing Bora Bora or just fancy a walk down Brighton pier again, there’s no reason you can’t recreate the fun in your very own garden. Just remember to bring a jumper along with you!
Throw a fabulous beach party without leaving the house! How to decorate, what to wear and what to serve for a super simple summer party!