Beach parties are great fun parties.
Party on the beach
It can be great fun to have a party on the beach, but organising it can be prone to problems. You may be able to get away with a barbecue on the beach for 12 people, but if you want to do anything a bit more organised, and if you want to use music, you should contact the local authority for permission.
For example Rother District Council in Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex does allow BBQs and parties on its beaches. However, permission should always be sought in all cases prior to the event.
Beach party in a marquee
A great alternative is to hold a beach party in your back garden. A marquee or a gazebo can be set up. You can order in a quantity of soft play sand and make a sand pit that will give it more of a beach feel. unless you are in peak summer you may want to get in a load of patio heaters to warm the place up.
Ask all the people that you invite to come in their beach gear. Hawaiian shirts and shorts could work well for the men. For the ladies there is a wider variety of beach wear.
Indoor beach party
This is one of the best ideas for a winter party to cast off those cold-weather blues. Can be done in your house, or in a club or a hall.
The main secret is to turn up the heating and create the right ambience.
- Bunting (you can buy this in but can be good fun to make yourself)
- Party lights
- Disco lights
- Palm trees (a palm tree could cost a small fortune but you can buy palm-like house plants from your local garden centre)
- Sand on the floor or in a sand pit (not on the carpet)
- Surf boards
- Beach towels
Food and Drink
- Pina Colada
- Rum Punch
- Tropical Fruit Juice
- Spanish or Mexican beers (Sol, Dos Equis, San Miguel etc.) with a lime in the top
- Keg of cold beer
- Hog roast
- Hawaiian or tropical pizzas (you can send out for a pizza delivery)
- + regular party finger food
Beach party music
Here are a few ideas to get you into the party spirit.
- Jammin – Bob Marley
- Hot Hot Hot – Buster Poindexter
- Heat Wave – Linda Ronstadt
- Dancing Queen – Abba
- Surfin’ USA – Beach Boys
- Hawaii Five-O Theme Tune
- Feels Like Summer Again – The Wallflowers
- Coconut Juice – Tyga
- Summertime - Kenny Chesney
- Under the Boardwalk – The Drifters
- Pocketful of Sunshine – Natasha Bedingfield
Have you been to a good beach party? Do you have any other ideas? Please add them in the box below.
23 July 2009