Indoor Beach Party Ideas

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Indoor beach parties are a popular theme for social gatherings and they provide a variety of fun decorating and entertainment options. Indoor beach parties are also good for livening up dreary winters or rainy days, since you get to turn your home into an island retreat that you and your friends can enjoy while the weather is bad or dull.

Beach Party Invitations

Set the tone for your party by sending out "message in a bottle" invitations. To make a message in a bottle, fill a glass or plastic bottle halfway with sand before placing your parchment paper invitation inside, then seal it with a cork. Most office supply stores sell parchment paper and you can purchase sand at a home and garden store.

Beach Party Movie Marathon

Beach party movies like "Beach Blanket Bingo," "How to Stuff a Wild Bikini" and "Blue Hawaii" will add silly background fun to your indoor beach party. You can also mix up the classic beach movies with the more recent surfer flick "Blue Crush" or the animated "Surf's Up." Run these in the background throughout the party while your guests sip Mai Tais and hula dance.

Beach Party MP3 Playlist

Program a mix of classic beach songs like Elvis Presley's "Blue Hawaii" and The Beach Boys' "Surfin' USA," along with summer-themed party favourites like Sly & The Family Stone's "Hot Fun in the Summertime." Keep the mix upbeat and loaded with songs that your guests can sing along with--and don't forget to include a few lighthearted drinking songs like Jerry Lee Lewis' rendition of "Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee" and anything by Jimmy Buffet.

Beach Party Attire

Encourage everyone to dress up as if they were actually out on the beach for a cookout. Sun hats, flip flops, sunglasses and swimming costumes are the preferred attire. Carry the theme into your decor by spreading around a few beach towels, beach umbrellas, sand pails, beach balls and frisbees.

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