Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Beach Party Tips!

Summer is right next door and the beach is calling you! As you pack the essential sunblock and swimsuit, don't forget to add a bit of personality to your beach parties to make sure it's memorable for all your beach-going guests.

1. Make it BIG! It can be hard spotting your group at a beach, especially on the weekends! Make your party easy to spot with pop-up canopies, personalized umbrellas (they can say "Happy Birthday David!") or stake some colored flags around the site.2. Change up the Menu! Burgers and hot dogs are always a favorite, so why not mix in several types of meats and toppings that other countries use? You can cook stuffed patties and a variety of sausages and offer different kinds of toppings like chopped cabbage, sauerkraut, spaghetti sauce, and even sugar (popular in S. Korea)!3. Party favors they can wear! Make everyone feel like part of the party with customized slippers, hats, sarongs, reuseable bags, or t-shirts to wear throughout the party.
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4. Try new toys! Don't forget the frisbees, footballs, and volleyballs for group games, but you might want to see if there's rentals or classes for surfing, boogie boarding, banana-boats, kites, bicycles, rollerblades, or even handgliding or parasailing!5. Play some games! Depending on your guests, they may or may not want to play games, but it's always a good idea to have some just in case. Some quick easy games are limbo, sand castle contests, or a scavenger hunt! Break people up into small groups or partners and give them a list of items that need to be retrieved by the end of the party. They can be easy things like shells and sand crabs to scissors and a phone charger. At the end of the party, whoever collected the most items wins a prize!6. Kick off the after-party! Who says the party has to end when the sun goes down? Choose a beach that has fire pits and enjoy an evening of smore's, skewers, and hot dogs. Just make sure you’ve got some blankets or a light jacket handy!

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