Beach Party Ideas

Today’s inspiration design has so many beautiful touches, you may need to take notes!  This is a styled shoot {see vendor list at bottom of post} for a beach wedding but you know my philosophy – take the ideas and incorporate them into your own celebration.  This would be beautiful for an engagement party for a couple having a destination wedding, a sophisticated backyard beach party, or any other occasion for those who love the seaside.  Inspiration begins now!
Great Tabletop Ideas:
  • Use burlap to cover a low table {bring a coffee table outside}.
  • Use old shutters as a table “runner”.
  • Use driftwood and colored glass bottles filled with tropical flowers as the centerpiece.
  • Muted colors and surfboard motif adds a retro-kitschy feel.
  • Fill small bottles with sand and use to hold food/drink markers.
  • Use rafia and seashells to wrap napkins.
  • For dessert, a cookies and cream bar is set up.  This gives guests a variety of options: they can make an ice cream sundae, ice cream sandwiches, ice cream & soda floats, or simply enjoy them all separately.  I love the simplicity of this.
Dessert Table Ideas:
  • Incorporate sea glass into your display – scatter along the table, fill bowls or bottles with it, or use it as a base layer to set other goodies on top of.
  • Make a tiered stand by wrapping different sized boxes with wrapping paper and stacking them.
  • Serve quarts of ice cream in buckets; provide dry toppings in small galvanized containers.
  • Another great idea is to set up an outdoor movie theater.  Use large pillows and blankets to sit on, and choose an old classic movie like Beach Blanket Bingo, an adventure drama like The Beach, or even the iconic Jaws.  Choose something your particular crowd will love. 
Vendor Credits:
Photography – Tinywater Photography
Design – Platinum Planning
Stationery – Alice Koswara
Cookies – The Cookie Drop

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  1. TONS of great ideas, Chris! This is a fabulous shoot that couples can surely draw inspiration from!

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