Kids love beach parties and playing in the sun and sand! A kids beach party can be held in your back yard just as easily as the local beach. Our beach birthday party guide has ideas for beach invitations, beach games and the coolest beach party supplies!
Where to have the party? You can use a beach party theme to decorate your back yard just as easily as those lucky families who actually live near the ocean. If you do use a local beach, call the town hall to make a reservation and find out any rules that may apply. Arrive at the beach early on party day to set up your area for the guests.
Safety First Party hosts are responsible for the safety of the children. The hosts must be sure that adults or trained lifeguards are supervising the guests in the water at all times during the party. Keep a phone nearby just in case of emergency.
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Popular Beach Party Supplies:
- Catch a Wave to [name]’s Beach Party!
- Splish, Splash it’s [name]’s Beach Bash!
- Swim on Over for some Fun in the Sun!
Or choose one of these personalized beach party invitations:
You won’t need traditional decorations if your party is held on a beach, because the ocean itself is the main attraction. You will need to bring beach balls, sand toys, beach umbrellas and chairs. And don’t forget a few bottles of spray-on sunscreen. A good way to identify your party area for guests is to anchor balloon clusters on both sides.
When the kids beach party is in the back yard, use some of these beach decorating ideas:
- Set up your own beach area using a sandbox or a wading pool. Fill with clean play sand and a bunch of sand toys. Set out beach balls and hula hoops. These would look cute hanging off tree branches.
- Make a water slide by setting a kiddy pool full of water at the bottom of your slide. My husband puts a hose at the top of the slide so that water runs down into the pool as the kids slide…it keeps the slide from getting too hot in the sun.
- Use sidewalk chalk to draw giant letters spelling out “Beach This Way” and an arrow pointing to your yard.
- A sand pail filled with a few bottles of sunscreen (the spray cans are the easiest to apply).
- Hand out flower leis to everybody as they arrive.
- Play a CD of summer party music. A luau party CD would also work.
- Decorate the tables with snorkel masks, seashells and starfish.
- Hang a banner that says “Welcome to [name] Beach!”
- Make some balloon clusters using plain colored balloons and one shaped mylar balloon. There are some great mylar balloon shapes available like a shark, fish, flip-flops and beach ball. Anchor the clusters at key spots in the yard including the entrance and food table.
At the Beach – Limbo, volleyball, a hula hoop contest and tug-of-war.
In the Back Yard – Plenty of water balloons and squirt guns will keep the kids happy for a long time! Pick a few more games from the list below and your party is complete.
- Limbo! – Use a CD of summer music or make your own with songs from the Beach Boys, Bob Marley, Under the Limbo stick and Limbo Rock. How low can you go???
- Hula Hoop Contest – Play some lively music while the guests use the hula hoops. See who can hula the longest, who can hula using their arms, who can stand on one foot, etc.
- Seashell Hunt – Fill a sandbox, a kiddie pool or a wheel barrow with clean play sand and hide lots of small sea shells. Let the children hunt in the sand to find the shells.
- Wheel Barrow Race – Fill two wheel barrows with beach balls and have the kids race across the yard. If a ball falls out they must stop and get it.
- Water Balloon Toss – Divide the guests into pairs who then toss a water balloon to each other. Take a step back after each throw. The last pair with their water balloon intact is the winner.
- Beach Ball Relay – Divide the kids into two teams. The first runner must keep batting a beach ball in the air as he runs to the fence and then back to pass the ball to the next team member. No holding the ball while running! Keep it in the air!
- Tug-of-War – Place a long rope over a kiddy pool of water. Each team lines up along the rope and tries to pull together to drag the other team into the water.
- Shell Ankle Bracelets – Buy a bag of shells and a roll of 1” wide ribbon at the craft store. Let the guests glue shells onto a piece of ribbon and when it’s dry, tie it around their ankle to wear during the party.
- Paper Plate Fish Craft – Let the kids make a fish using a paper plate and these directions.
- Set up a table with crayons and these free printable beach coloring pages as a quiet activity.
- And don’t forget a piñata!
- Lots of drinks including water to keep the kids hydrated.
- Burgers, hot dogs or a make-your-own-sandwich-tray;
- Plus fruit kabobs (a chunk of pineapple with a marshmallow and maraschino cherry), chip and dip and a veggie tray.
- Use new sand pails as serving bowls for the food.
- Add the always-popular goldfish crackers.
- Place little paper umbrellas in some of the food bowls as a decoration.
- Make your own Beach Birthday Cake with these easy directions from Family Fun.
- They also have a beautiful Fish Cake that you can make at home.
- Or choose this Mermaid cake design from Parenting.com
Choose fun party favors like beach balls, sunglasses and squirt guns. Package the favors in a new sand pail and print each childs name on the front with a permanent marker.
Take the work out of planning the favor bags by ordering complete Beach party favor sets: