Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Birthday Beach Party Luau - Ideas & Printables

Summer is officially here!  Its hot, the beach is oh-so-inviting and you pick up a tan just by walking to the corner store.  On top of it all, you've got a birthday coming up...  what better way to celebrate than with a beach party!

My friend Soulla inspired me to make a Birthday Beach Party Invitation.  She had mentioned that she wanted to do something along those lines for her daughter's birthday and I thought, why not create something for her!

Lets start with the invitations.  A beach party themed invite fully customizable for yourself.

Birthday Beach Party Invites

In addition to that, I've created Thank You notes and Party Labels which you could use to go along with the theme.

Birthday Beach Party Thank You Notes

Birthday Beach Party Labels
There are so many things you can do with a beach party themed birthday.  You can either have it at an actual beach or have a beach party theme at home.


At the beach
  • Claim your space at the beach by surrounding the party area with bamboo tiki torches
  • Place colorful beach towels for people to sit on
  • Have buckets/coolers filled with ice and drinks on all corners of the party area
  • Rent a few beach beds & umbrellas for shade
  • Hang beach themed paper lanterns around the food table
  • Have beach balls, water guns, beach rackets & volley balls easily accessible for the guests to use & as part of decor
  • Have sand-pails & other beach toys around
  • Provide Lei necklaces for everyone
  • Play Hawaiian hula music
At home
  • Put up a beach themed yard sign
  • Beach themed balloons
  • Inflatable palm trees
  • Colorful beach towels for people to sit on
  • Provide lounge chairs & umbrellas
  • Fill inflatable pools with water / sand and beach toys
  • Have citronella candles around to keep the bugs away
  • Provide Lei necklaces for everyone
  • Have flower lei hanging around the venue
  • Play Hawaiian hula music
  • Have a sand castle competition
  • Musical beach towels
  • Beach toy relay
  • Limbo
  • Sea shells scavenger hunt (who collects the most in a specified time period)
  • A game of Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Beach racket ball
  • Make grass dresses at the party or provide for hula dancing (do this by using colorful drawstring bags, tighten the bag around the waste and cut in strips lengthwise, its great because it can be easily done for various heights).

  • Hamburger, Hot Dog, Baked Potato buffet (make your own using ingredients provided - perfect for a party at the beach) All ingredients can be served in sand-pails.
  • Meat kebabs (grill yourself if at home)
  • Chicken wings (served in sand bucket)
  • Sandwiches
  • Chips & popcorn (served in sand buckets)
  • Dips
  • Fruit kebabs (include pineapples, kiwis and other tropical fruits)
  • Pineapple rings
  • Fruit punch
  • Tropical juices
  • Ice cream
Birthday Cake
  • Beach ball shape chocolate cake.  You can use the recipe and shape it round by baking it in a round baking tray.  Use icing to design the ball.
  • Luau girl Kasato cake.  Use the concept of the fairy cake to create a Luau girl.
  • Red velvet cake pops would go great at this party! You could sprinkle them with beach shaped sprinkles or make them sea colored.
  • Picture of a beach on a square ice cream cake.
  • Sand pails, with sand molds
  • Inflatable beach balls 
  • Flip flops
  • Beach themed articles like starfish coin banks or magnets
  • You could have your guests create a favor to take home. Provide colorful sand and have the kids fill small decorative bottles with different sand colors.  It would be a great memento and a lovely way to remember the birthday.
I hope this gives you some fun ideas, its great whether you do it at home or on a beach. Lots of options and plenty of ways to enjoy yourself!

Good luck!

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  1. Oh Vanya thisis amazing!!! u just saved me sooooooo much time u can't begin to understand! thank u so much, Luau party here we come!!! xxxx

  2. thank for sharing nice idea in your blog.blog reading is my hobby.so bookmark your blog link.I wish I could have a party like this.
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