6 Best Summer Beach Party Themes
Idea #1: The Old-Fashioned Ice-Cream Dinner
Serve This: Confetti Vanilla Custard
Nothing guarantees smiles like the sweet indulgence of dessert for dinner. Set up a toppings bar with fruit, candies, and sprinkles for self-serve sundaes. A pastel palette and mix-and-match dishes keep the party relaxed.
Idea #2: The Patriotic Picnic
Serve This: Celebration Cupcakes
Set the Scene: How to Throw a Patriotic Picnic
Place Adirondack chairs in a semicircle around the fire—the arrangement will ensure that guests have equal access to the flames and views to the horizon. Soft throw blankets and overstuffed outdoor pillows amp up the coziness.
Idea #3: The Tropical Beach Bash
Idea #4: Classic Crab Feast
Serve This: Simple Boiled Crabs with Garlic-Vermouth Butter
Set the Scene: Everything You Need for a Classic Crab Feast
For the cutest crab place cards around, use a stencil to trace the shape onto cardstock. (We like this classic blue shade.) Make sure to cut a rectangular tab at the crab's belly, which you can fold back so the place cards stand on their own. Then pen your guests' names in pretty script.
Idea #5: Colorful Fiesta
Serve This: Grilled Fish Tacos with Jalapeño- Cabbage Slaw
Set the Scene: Everything You Need for a Colorful Summer Fiesta
For a vibrant centerpiece, plant a variety of succulents in vintage cans (we found ours on Etsy), and then arrange down the length of a traditional Mexican blanket folded to create a table runner. Bonus: The potted plants make fun party favors!
Idea #6: Chic Sunset Cruise
Serve This: Baked Goat Cheese
Set the Scene: Everything You Need for a Dreamy Sunset Cruise
Don't settle for traditional cheese and crackers! To create an elegant platter, cut cardstock into pennant shapes, label with cheese varieties, and glue to wooden picks. Serve with berries and honey on a pretty board.