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Ideas for a birthday party at the beach/lake

We're having our daughter's birthday party at a lake nearby that has a great little beach and swimming area, awesome picnic area with grills, etc. We're thinking a Hawaii/beach theme (leis for the kids, mermaid cake, etc) and a cookout. Any ideas for favors, foods, etc (obviously minimal decor, due to the outdoor location)... what would you do to make it special and fun? We're a pretty low-key bunch, so nothing BIG... just little ideas. I like putting together these things. :-)

(PS Co-ed, and ages of the kids are from very little ones up to 8 or 9.) And if you'd go with a different theme entirely, LMK! I think the mermaid cake is nonnegotiable, but other than that... ;-)


Asked by Collinsky at 8:07 PM on Jun. 7, 2009 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

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  • You can see both ideas for games and supplies/gifts/favors under both the Luau theme and Pool/Beach Themes on this page   Both themes are shown


    Answer by momjs at 12:27 AM on Jun. 8, 2009

  • maybe bring a few beach balls or a volleyball net and set that up for the grownups to play and the older kids. get a boom box and play some "hawaiin" beachy type music. for favors you could go to the dollar store and get outside toys, balls, bubbles, kites, sand pails/shovels, or you could even use a sand pail as the holder for favors and just fill it w/candy or something beachy. food you could do kabobs: chicken, beef, veggies, fruits. watermelon is always a good outside food you can just get a big watermelon and cut it up, whatever doesn't get eaten you can always freeze for your kids to much on later.

    Answer by vabchmommy at 8:13 PM on Jun. 7, 2009

  • My mom had to do a luau for the company picnic one year - I don't remember all the games, but one of them we (all the kids) each got a lei and had to play "Hula statues." It was like a demented version of musical chairs. They'd play Hawaiian music, and we all had to hula, and then when the music stopped, you had to freeze. If you saw someone move you yelled and pointed and got their lei, and they were out. That went on until someone got all the leis. There were more in our party favor bags too, so no hurt feelings.
    Also - how long do you have? She ordered a bunch of stuff from Oriental Trading Co for the party so we kept getting catalogs after - they have a HUGE tropical/beach section of decorations and favors. Even leis that look like flowers instead of squished plastic.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 8:49 PM on Jun. 7, 2009