How to organise a seaside themed party for children
It's easy to bring some coastal charm to your celebration with traditional beachside treats and old-school games - just add water (and a bit of sand)
Set the party's theme from the start
- Send postcards - buy a selection from a nearby location, or design your own
- Or give out arcade tickets - each admitting one child to the birthday celebrations!
You may not be lucky enough to live near the coast, but you can create a fun seaside feel, whatever the Great British weather, in your home or garden, or in a local hall
- Hang a sign outside the venue, directing guests to the beach
- If you have an outside space to use, fill up a sandpit and perhaps a paddling pool (if you have enough parental supervision)
- Scatter around buckets and spades
- Fill the air with bubbles - using a bubble machine, or give children individual wands
- Decorate with bunting, balloons and streamers
- Put out deckchairs - perhaps for the parents rather than kids!
Activities and party games
Get children to make their own paper boats - you could even race them on water later.
Go fishing in a paddling pool - or play Hook-a-Duck.
Have a lucky dip in a tub of seaweed made from coloured paper/cellophane.
Let kids work off some energy playing ball games with an inflatable beach ball - keeping it off the ground, hot potato, piggy in the middle or beach volleyball.
Have a crab crossing relay, where children have to get from one point to another, walking like a crab: on their hands and feet, belly upwards.
Or try a bucket relay - get the children to race holding a bucket filled with water, passing it between each player as quickly as possible without spilling it.
Doughnut eating: hang ring doughnuts from pieces of string (off a clothes line, football post, or between two fences) and get children to eat them off without using their hands.
Other traditional party games that are perfect for this theme:
- Pin the tail on the donkey
- Bobbing for apples
- A piñata
Make a head in the hole picture board - kids can have their photo taken pulling silly faces behind the picture, or have a go at throwing wet sponges at the people behind (if mum and dad are brave/foolish enough to volunteer).
Get stuck into some traditional seaside fare
- Fish and chips served in a newspaper cone
- Mini hotdogs
- Any party favourites served in plastic buckets or on plates topped with newspaper
- "Make croissants into crab shaped sandwiches, filled with ham and cheese (or other toppings) and with eyes made from olives on sticks"
- Use a cookie cutter to shape nautical biscuits (sweet or savoury) eg, boats, anchors, fish and starfish
- Make sailing boats out of different salad/vegetables on cocktail sticks
- Bags of seaside treats like candy floss, popcorn and warm doughnuts
- Colourful fruit salad ice lollies - easy to make with blended fruit, frozen in moulds
- A jug of homemade lemonade
Round the day off with cake and a chorus of 'Happy Birthday to you'
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For a real seaside feel, serve up cake in a cone: wafer cones filled with sponge cake, topped with icing, sprinkles and a Cadbury flake - just like a 99 ice-cream!
What to put in the party bags
Send guests home with a seaside souvenir of the day
Some ideas for small gifts include:
- A stick of rock - you could get some printed with the birthday child's name on, or buy from the nearest coastal town
- Sweetie cones or homemade fudge
- A beach towel
- Inflatable beach ball, or other outdoor toy
- Their own plastic bucket and spade
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