Summer has finally arrived and what better way to celebrate than with an unforgettable beach party? Being an island, the UK has some incredible coastlines, from white sands to golden beaches to windswept pebbles and grassy dunes. Once you have chosen the perfect location from the The UK’s Best Beacheshere’s how to organize your beach party and make it an unforgettable event.
Make sure the beach theme is right
Your beach party doesn’t have to be themed, but it can make it even more fun for your guests if you tie the event to an overarching theme. Here are some fun beach party theme ideas.
A Hawaiian Luau Beach Party
A Hawaiian Luau is a traditional Hawaiian celebration with music, entertainment and a party. Get your guests in the mood with a colorful decor and tiki torches. You can make your beach party authentic by incorporating traditional games like Ulu Maika, which have similarities to bowling where you roll a smooth disc-shaped stone over a path between two poles. Oh, and don’t forget the hula hoop!
A retro beach party
If you long for the simplicity of yesteryear, why not throw it back to the heyday of the British seaside holiday with the 50’s or 60’s inspired theme? Or if that’s not vintage enough for you, you can take your guests even further back in time to the Victorian era when people used to visit the coast to ‘take the air and the water’! Dress up clothes and props for photo booths help add character to your guests.
A pirate beach party
A beach is the perfect setting for a pirate-themed party and this can be adapted for both kids and adults depending on the ages on your guest list. Think scavenger hunts, inflatable sword fights and costumes for the younger crowd, and sailor songs and rum for the grown-ups!
Food and drink
When planning a beach party, it is important to respect nature and leave no trace of your festivities afterwards. Glass is not allowed on most beaches for safety reasons, so opt for biodegradable or recyclable alternatives such as paper plates, cups and straws.
The food and drinks you serve will depend on your theme. For a tropical feel, you may want to have a drinks bar and serve fresh salads and watermelon slices. For that retro vibe, a picnic and ice cream truck are a treat. Or you can go full Americana with hot dogs, burgers and beer.
Fun and games
Whether you’re going for a laid-back beach vibe or a lively party, you’ll definitely want to add some games or entertainment to keep your guests entertained. You can hire professional entertainers such as a Punch and Judy Show for a vintage family-friendly party or a fire dancer for your Luau! Or plan some board games that everyone will enjoy. And remember, no party is complete without music, so make sure you create the perfect beach party playlist and use DJ gear to blast those tunes and make everyone dance on the sand!