Beach-Themed Birthday Party Ideas

Surf's up! Have some fun in the sun with this guide for a beach party that surfer dudes, beach bunnies and kids of all ages can enjoy.
Decorations
Beach party planning for decorations is a breeze, since the sun takes care of your lighting, and the sea, sand and shells give you lots of natural atmosphere. You can add to the summery scene with colorful beach towels and big, bright umbrellas (perfect for those who crave a little shade). Be sure to have lots of beach chairs on hand for your guests to lounge on.

Tie some helium balloons to one of your chairs to help your guests find you—but be sure to tell them what color balloons you're bringing, in case other groups have the same eye-catching idea. Beach pails and shovels make great decorations.

If you plan on staying until after sundown, bring some tiki torches to light things up and stay warm when the sun starts to set. A bonfire, if the beach allows it, caps off the evening in true beachy style.

Party Attire
You can't go wrong with bathing suits at the beach. Toss your shoes aside because nothing says summertime like a little sand between your toes.

And if you're staying after dark, you might want to pack a sweatshirt and jeans to keep you warm once the sun goes down. And, of course, you should definitely bring sunglasses, a hat, zinc oxide and lots of sunscreen so you don't have to end up wearing a nasty sunburn the day after your beach party.

Party Activities
The beach is the perfect place for games. A friendly match of Red Rover is the perfect way to get everyone in the competitive spirit. You can follow it up with Frisbee golf, beach Newcomb or touch football.
 
If your group is not the sporty type, create a contest to see who can build the most impressive sandcastle. And for really creative souls, you can play a version of sand charades: Split your guests into two teams and have all the participants write down objects on pieces of paper. Each team picks a piece of paper and has to sculpt that object out of sand while their team guesses what it is.
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