you live in an area that has a beach?
Kids love the beach so
why not take advantage of it and have a
birthday party on the beach. There are lots of things that you can plan
to have a great deal of fun on a low budget. You can create a memorable event for
your children by just using a little imagination.
Kids Beach Party Details
First thing you
need to decide is the best day and time to have the party. I would
suggest mid-morning on a weekday. This way you will have less
people on the beach.
party in advance so that you give your guests plenty of notice.
You should send out
your invitations at least 2 weeks in advance. Be creative with your invitations to get your
guests excited about the event.
sure you include the theme, date, start and end time, location,
special instructions, whether food will be served and an RSVP
date with your phone number or email address. If you know
that your guests check emails regularly you can send the
invitation via the internet. When parents RSVP be sure to
find out if they plan on staying at the party and also if their
child has any allergies or is lactose intolerant. Make
sure you tell them to bring their favorite bucket and shovel.
Since it is an
outdoor party consider a rain
When selecting who to invite to a
party you must consider the number of guests that you want to accommodate. Remember that when children are
young parents will normally stay at the party. So make sure you accommodate all of the people. Once this is determined work with
your child to select a list. You can always go with the
traditional formula of the number of guests is based on your child's
age. For this type of party
will need volunteers to keep things organized and more
importantly to keep all children safe. Consider having teenage
siblings, neighbors, or friends give you a helping hand. The young ones will
love the attention of the older kids and it will be a big help for you.
Food Ideas for
kids beach party
Be sure to have
several large beach umbrellas for the kids to sit under when they are
eating. In some areas seagulls could be a problem. Keep the
food to finger foods that the kids can put into their mouth quickly.
I would have a separate container or zip lock bag for each child
containing their food. You can always go with hot dogs and chips
with a juice box.
A themed cupcake
for dessert is a must. How about a beach cupcake. Make
cupcakes according to mix directions. Use blue food coloring to
dye half of the icing to look like the ocean. Purchase graham
crackers and crush them to make it look like the texture of sand. Take the cupcake and
ice half of it with the blue icing. Ice the other side with
a thin coat of white icing. Cover the white icing with a thin
layer of crushed graham crackers. You now have your ocean and your
sand. In the sand place a tiny drink umbrella and a gum ball to
make it look like a beach umbrella with a beach ball under it. You
can also take a colorful stick of gum and fold it to look like a beach
chair and place it under the umbrella. I made these for my
daughter's birthday and the kids loved it!
Create a Cool
Summer Drink -- Blue Crush
Ingredients for a single serving
Single serving of blue juice
(Gatorade or Kool-Aid jammers)
3/4 cup of ice
Scoop of vanilla ice cream
Scoop of whipped cream or cool
Drink umbrella for decoration
Combine the blue juice with the ice
in a blender. Blend on high speed until the ice is crushed.
Pour this mixture into a clear glass. Drop in a few gummy fish.
Add a scoop of ice cream. Top with whipped cream and a few
more gummy fish. Add a straw and a drink umbrella.
Party Favor for kids
Give each guest a
beach towel as a party favor. This way they can use the beach
towel to sit during for the party. Personalize it by putting their
name on it prior to the party with puffed paint.
Fun Activities For Kids Beach Party:
Drop a plastic table
cloth on the floor (preferably white). Cover it with
candy and trinkets such as toys, erasers, pencils etc
all to fit your snowman theme. Have the children stand
a distance from the table cloth and toss one or two
rings. Whatever their ring encompasses they get to
keep. Be sure to have goodie bags available. This game
has always been a great hit with the kids.
Water Balloon Toss
Fill balloons with water.
Have everyone form two lines facing each other about three feet apart.
Each pair is given a water balloon. On GO they carefully
throw their balloon to their partner. If the catch is successful they
take a large step backwards so they gap between them gets greater and
they throw the balloon again. The winner is the last group left
with an unbroken water balloon.
Beach Ball Race
Small beach balls
Set of mittens
How to play:
Play this game as you would any relay race. Divide into
teams. Each player takes turns putting on a large beach
hat and large sunglasses and
balancing a "Beach ball" on the spoon while racing to the
other. Drop the beach ball into a large bucket,
return to the team, pass the hat and sunglasses and go to the back
of the line. First team to complete the race wins!
Water Bottle Relay
Give each team a
bucket of water, Dixie cups and a large, empty soda bottle. One
"lucky" person sits on a lawn chair, opposite end from the water bucket,
holding the soda bottle between their legs. The rest of the group
proceeds to fill their Dixie cups with water, run to the other
end and pour the water into the bottle. The first team to
completely fill the bottle wins.
Carve out holes in the sand and start the
Break the kids into teams of two or three and have them build a
sand castle. Give out awards but be sure everyone
wins a prize. For instance best castle, largest castle,
coolest castle, most unique castle etc...
Water Balloon Baseball
Get a collection of water
balloons and tennis balls that are the same color. The pitcher
selects either a balloon or ball and pitches to the batter. The
batter decides whether to swing or not. If it is a balloon he/she
may get very wet!! Be sure to switch positions to make it fun for
Create 2 teams of four players and give each a blanket.
Each player gets a corner of the blanket. Have one team serve
the volleyball. This is done by placing the ball in the
middle of their blanket and then lowering the blanket and
raising it quickly as a team so that the ball becomes air borne.
The other team must catch the volleyball with their blanket and
continue the play.
Create teams consisting of 2
guests, one to ride the tube and the other to pull the tube.
Pick a starting point and ending point. Set two teams up
at the starting point, knee deep in the water. On the "GO"
command the puller must drag his teammate, who is in the tube,
across the water to the end point and back again. Winners
get a prize.