Throw an Indoor Beach Party

Come February, whether or not the groundhog sees his shadow, I start longing for summer;  for back-yard grilling, tangy lemonade, Bermuda shorts, popsicles, and the pool.   So, to beat the winter blues around here, we threw an indoor beach party!

Despite the 30 degree weather, guests were asked to wear complete summer attire from head to toe.  Captain’s hats, sunglasses, tie-dyed shirts, swim trunks, and Hawaiian maxi dresses were a welcome change from drab winter colors.  And the kids absolutely loved wearing their swimsuits!

The sign on the door said, “No shoes, No shirt, No Problem!” and as guests arrived, they each got a lei.  The Beach Boys were bopping and you couldn’t help but dance.  The furniture in the living room was pushed back to accommodate beach towels, umbrellas, and an inflatable pool filled with plastic balls for the kids to “swim” in.  We had mouth-watering “summer” food, games, and just had a great time pretending like it was summer.  If you’ve been feeling the winter blues, or are just in need of a good party, try throwing your own indoor beach party!

The Decor:

It’s hard to find summer paraphernalia in the middle of winter, so I checked out Oriental Trading where they have a great Luau selection, and scored table-runners, grass skirts to go around the tables, tiki torches, and leis.  I also picked up a beach ball, sand buckets, and pinwheels at Walmart.  The inflatable pool was left from last summer, as were the beach towels, and umbrellas, so I suggest getting out all of your summer storage and using what you can.

Decorations list:

  • Oriental Trading decor found here
  • Beach towels
  • Beach balls
  • Beach umbrellas
  • Homemade signs that said, “No shoes, no shirt, no problem!” and “Reserved for…”
  • Beach Boys CD playing for ambiance
  • Swimming pool filled with plastic balls
  • A Hawaiian lei for each guest
  • Sand buckets and shovels

The Food:

Nothing beats the flavor of the grill, and why should you miss out just because it’s winter?    Pull out all of your favorite summer recipes and get grillin’!  Our Indoor Beach Party menu consisted of:

Grilled beef and chicken kebabs with red and green peppers, onions, mushrooms, and pineapple.  I used this delish recipe.

Fruit kebabs with pineapple, grapes, kiwi, cantaloupe, and bananas.

Chips and salsa (I placed the chips in a sand bucket.)

Homemade Lemonade: this is my favorite “perfect” lemonade recipe.  Never fails and so simple!

Popsicles (Most grocery stores sell them all year long. I also placed these in a sand bucket.)

Strawberry Spinach Salad from here, an ultimate summer fave!

Ocean Jello (you can find a lot of variations on the Internet, I used blue raspberry jello, Swedish fish, and gummy sharks in a clear cup. The umbrellas I found at the grocery store in the margarita mix section.)

Beach cupcakes: Use cupcake and icing recipe of your choice. Add blue food coloring to the icing.  Roll half of the cupcake in graham cracker crumbs to look like sand.  Add a margarita umbrella and a candy beach towel (I used “Rips” sour candy strips found in the candy aisle, but Fruit By the Foot or fruit roll-ups would work great too).  You can use Teddy Grahams to look like surfers, swimmers, or beach bums.

The Games:

  • Hula hoop contest
  • The limbo
  • Silent beach ball volleyball-  players sit in a circle and must be silent while the ball is passed back and forth to random players.  You can pass it volleyball style or just throw it.  If a player laughs, talks, or drops a catch-able pass, they are out.  The goal is to be the last one standing/sitting.
  • Fishing- for kids, or adults too if you like.  Get a long stick and string to resemble a fishing pole.  You can stick a magnet on the end of the string and have kids try to snag laminated fish with paper clips on them, or you can put a clothes pin on the end of the string and have them fish for prizes.
  • G-Rated Spin the Bottle-  this was a childhood favorite in our family.  Everyone writes down a sort of “Dare” on a slip of paper, folds it up, and puts it in a canning jar or other type of bottle.  Some of our dares look like, “Stand barefoot in the snow for 1 full minute” or “Drink a tablespoon of Dad’s special concoction (usually a pretty nasty combination of pantry and fridge items!).”  Players sit in a circle.  With a lid on the bottle, spin the bottle and whoever it points to, that person opens the bottle and picks a paper.  They must complete the dare!

If you just can’t get to the beach, bring the beach life to your own home.  An indoor beach party is guaranteed to bring those “Good, good, good, good vibrations.”

Throw an Indoor Beach Party

And if you want to add some “free” to your party, check out these “Fun in the Sun” FREE Summer Printables! These will add the perfect touch to your beach-themed party!

    1. February 15th, 2012 at 7:32 am
      Bobbi says:
      This is brilliant. I have to do this! I love the cupcakes, the drinks...everything! Thanks for sharing
    2. February 15th, 2012 at 7:46 am
      Shelley says:
      Oh my gosh. My kids would love this. You are making me have spring fever. BAD.
    3. February 15th, 2012 at 8:40 am
      Alysha says:
      Love everything! Those fruit kebabs and cupcakes are adorable. I'm really missing summer, this is such a good idea. :)
    4. February 15th, 2012 at 11:40 am
      lindsay says:
      LOVE THIS! My daughters birthday is late January and always wanted to do a summer theme and this would be perfect...maybe next year
    5. February 15th, 2012 at 11:42 am
      Joyce says:
      What a cute idea, the only thing is in San Diego(where I live), I think people here would not appreciate it as much as you would since people go to the beach year round, and our idea of cold is like when its 60 degrees
      • February 17th, 2012 at 9:41 am
        Nicolette says:
        Maybe you could have a winter party! Turn up the AC, serve hot chocolate, warm soup, and snowball cupcakes. You could cut out snowflakes, and have a "snowball fight" with crumpled white paper:).
    6. February 15th, 2012 at 4:58 pm
      Penny says:
      What a great idea for a winter reprieve! The colors remind me of sunshine and fun!
    7. February 15th, 2012 at 6:45 pm
      Lauralee says:
      I love this idea, so fun! I want to do this for my son's birthday next year. I do have one question. With the jello and the Swedish Fish and gummy sharks...I did them for my son's pirate party and the jello broke down the gummy snacks and made them taste yucky. Did you encounter this problem or have an idea for a solution?
      • February 17th, 2012 at 9:37 am
        Nicolette says:
        I did encounter that same problem, but I think if I had served them immediately, it wouldn't have been a problem at all. I put the fish in the jello when it was about 3/4 of the way set up. I think if they had been the first thing I served, like as a snack as people were arriving, the gummy fish would've maintained their consistency. Good luck!
    8. February 15th, 2012 at 9:30 pm
      [email protected] says:
      So fun... I am ready for summer inside or out!
    9. February 17th, 2012 at 6:08 am
      Elizabeth says:
      I love this idea! My sister is having her baby next week and in the midst of planning the shower I completely forgot to plan my daughter's birthday party! She turns 2 next week - this would be perfect!! :)
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