If you’re planning a summer party for one of your kids, you have tons of great party theme options! But my favorite summer party theme is the beach! And with these fun beach party ideas, you’ll have everything you need to host an amazing DIY party for your kid’s birthday!
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Beach Themed Party Ideas
There is so much that goes into planning an amazing kids party! From themed birthday party decoration ideas to cute party food recipes, you’re going to need tons of birthday party ideas for your summer celebration.
Planning a birthday party for your kids can be pretty time-consuming. Luckily, you have me here to help you out! As you’re coming up with ideas for your beach party, you’re going to have to plan for:
- Beach themed invitations to invite all your kid’s friends to their birthday celebration
- Cute decorations for your birthday party to set the summer theme
- Fun party food inspired by the beach and ocean
- Ocean and beach themed party games and activities to keep all your little guests entertained
With so much to do, you better get scrolling! Keep reading to see all my favorite ideas for a beach party! And if you find one you like, make sure to click the link to get more information.
How to Throw a Beach Party
Before you start coming up with ideas for your beach party, you’ll need to have a plan! Follow these simple steps for throwing a fun beach party, no matter where you live.
Pick a location. Just because you’re throwing a beach party doesn’t mean your party has to be at the beach! If you’re like me and live no where near the ocean, try hosting your beach party at one of these fun locations:
- At home. You can create an amazing beach themed party at home! Set up a luau or beach BBQ in your backyard by adding fun decorations and serving cute food.
- At the pool. Take your party to your local pool so your kids can have some fun in the water without the need for messy sand.
- Near a lake. You don’t need the ocean when you have a lake nearby. Create a beach-themed party on the shores of your favorite lake instead.
Invite your friends. Send out some cute beach themed invitations to all your guests to make sure everyone knows about your party! You can find adorable beach invitation ideas on Etsy!
Decorate the space. You can’t have a beach party without decorations! Find fun beach-themed decorations at Dollar Tree or Amazon, then set up an amazing beach-inspired party in any location you choose.
Make cute food. Find some fun beach party food ideas, then whip up a few cute recipes to serve your guests at your party. You can create themed food for your celebration or make a beach themed menu, like luau or BBQ foods.
Entertain your guests. Once the party has started, you’ll need to keep your guests entertained. Beach party games are perfect for parties with guests of all ages. And if you have little ones coming to your celebration, making beach crafts is a great idea!
Thank your guests for coming. After your party is over, make sure you tell all your guests thanks for coming with goody bags. Fill your bags with cute beach party favors for your guests to enjoy when they get home.
Beach Party Ideas
Throw an awesome beach themed party with some of these fun food, decorating, and activity ideas.
Make your own beach themed cupcakes for your party using cocktail umbrellas and flamingo candy.
Keep the kids at your party entertained with a fun craft, like these adorable toilet paper roll crabs.
This recipe for beach themed pudding would make the perfect treat for your summer party.
The guests at your party will have a blast making these fun paper plate fish!
Thank your guests for coming with these cute printable cards you can attach to Kinetic Sand containers.
Cool off on a hot day by making these Ocean Water floats for your celebration.
Use ocean water gelatin to create a delicious tropical cake for your beach party.
Watermelon Beach Pail and Beach Pail Party Cups
Turn plain plastic cups into cute beach pails for your party with this free printable.
Printable Beach Scavenger Hunt
Make sure your party guests have fun with the help of a cute beach scavenger hunt.
Dress up your party table with DIY pineapples. Not only are these super cute centerpieces, but they will also weigh down your tablecloth!
Fun In The Sun Beach Cake
This cute beach cake would make the perfect dessert for your celebration.
Sun OREO Cookies
Turn Oreo cookies into suns with this simple beach themed recipe.
Seashell Tic Tac Toe
You can pass out this seashell tic tac toe game for your guests to play or put it in the favor bags.
Beachy Sweet and Salty Snack Mix (with Printable!)
Make your own sweet and salty snack mix for your party, then top the bags with cute printable snack bag toppers.
Moana Flower Crown DIY for Under $5
Make your own Moana inspired flower crown for the birthday girl to wear at the party.
Under the Sea Family Movie Night with Free Party Printables
Set up a beach themed movie night with these cute ideas.
Free Beach Party Printables
Decorate your cupcakes and water bottles for your party with these beach party printables.
Easy DIY Starfish Napkin Rings
Create pretty table settings for your party guests with the help of these DIY starfish napkin rings.
DIY BEACH INSPIRED CENTREPIECE
Use shells to decorate your party table with this simple beach inspired centerpiece.
Patriotic Surfboard Cookies
These cute surfboard cookies would make a great addition to the food table at your beach party.
Octopus Ocean Pudding Cups
The kids will love eating these fun octopus ocean pudding cups.
Painted Rocks Sharks
These cute painted shark rocks would make a cute decoration or fun party activity.
Beach Themed Gift Tags
Dress up plain favor bags with the help of these cute ocean themed gift tags.
DIY Flamingo and Pineapple Drinking Glasses
Make your own beachy party cups with flamingos and pineapples for your celebration with this simple craft project.
Make sure your guests stay cool at your beach party with the help of this simple poolside slush.
Sand Dollar Sugar Cookies
Turn plain cookies into sand dollars with this easy recipe.
Flip Flop & Beach Ball Cookies: Summer fun cookies that are easy to make
These cute flip flop cookies are simple to make and require no baking!
Shark Pudding Cups
Whip up some shark pudding cups for your party for your young guests to enjoy.
Luau Palm Tree Centerpiece | Hawaii Decorations
Every beach party needs mini palm trees, right? These are cute on tables for a little taste of the tropics!
Summer Sour Cream Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting
With these cute sunglasses and ice cream cone cookies, your party's food table will look so cute.
Clam Shell Cookies - Easy No-Bake Mermaid Party Idea
Clam shell cookies, made with vanilla wafers, icing, and candy pearls, are an easy to make no-bake treat perfect for your beach themed party.
Under the Sea Ocean Slime Recipe Without Borax
Looking for a fun kids activity for your beach party? The kids will love this ocean slime!
Sand Craft: Beach Bucket and Shovel Sand Craft
This simple printable craft is a great way to keep young kids entertained at your beach party.
Free Beach Coloring Pages for Preschool
Add these printable coloring pages to your treat bags for a free favor idea.
More Fun Kid’s Party Ideas:
- The Best Toy Story Birthday Party Ideas
- How to Have a Fun Family Movie Night at Home
- Fun Curious George First Birthday Party
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Emily is a midwestern mom of two boys. She loves all things DIY — from home renovations to kids birthday party planning. Whether she’s making a new farmhouse craft for her home or helping her kids with a cool activity, you can bet she’s in the middle of some kind of DIY project (or three) right now!
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