For her 7th birthday, my niece requested a Beach Party theme, with bright pink, turquoise and yellow being the main colours. Since I was planning a trip to Toronto that coincided with her birthday, I created the printables here in Florida, but also got to set up the party while I was visiting! The Life’s A Beach party sprang into motion – you can pick up the printables for yourself over at the Superflash Creative Etsy Page.
The palate was super bright and colourful and it was really fun to come up with a design. I chose the stripes to be somewhat reminiscent of a beach towel, and all the icons were of a beach theme, like sunglasses, flip flops, sandcastles, star fish and more.
We only needed a short bunting for our party (you’ll see it in the photo booth!), but if you need a longer one, you can print out more pages and keep stringing!
Speaking of the photo booth – it was definitely the hit of the party! 7-year-olds really love starring in photos!
We set it up outside, on a screened in porch. We nailed a plain white sheet to the wall, and then used an old fishing net and the bunting to decorate it. We placed a sturdy crate on the floor and the sheet was long enough to cover it – this was ideal because some of the shorter girls were able to step up, and still have the bunting and fishing net in the background. To the left, we set up a little Ikea table with a basket full of props. (By the way – the moustache and giant dollar store elvis glasses were definitely the favourites at the party!)
Girls love their crafts! For “entertainment” at the party, we came up with some beach-themed crafts. It started with the paint a sea shell station, which was set up outside beside the photo booth. The girls really loved this – some had never even seen a sea shell before! Some of the girls painted 4 or 5 shells themselves!
Next, they moved on to the decorate a palm tree station – and it’s hard to say which craft they loved more! We set out lots of tools for them to decorate with – from small pieces of paper that they could make a mosaic with, to glitter, sequins, gems, fancy scissors, markers, oil pastels and more!
After the girls ate, they moved onto the create a friendship bracelet station, to try and wind them down a bit. Having craft stations set up is great, because it gives them something to take home (besides the loot bag) that they actually made themselves. The girls really loved doing all these crafts!
What’s a party without sweet treats?! For Nicole’s Life’s A Beach party, we made a cupcake tower, with super cute, coordinating cupcake picks, and found a palm tree shaped platter to display my sisters famous chocolate chip cookies!
My favourite part though, was the cake I got to decorate for her! I don’t normally consider myself to be a cake decorator, but I saw this idea floating around the internet, and I really wanted to try it for myself. I used brown sugar for the sand, and two shades of turquoise icing for the water. A few teddy grahams and some dolphin and shark gummies rounded out the cake. This was a complete surprise for Nicole (I decorated it while the girls were painting shells outside!) and she was thrilled. This is an easy enough design for anyone to make, and a great addition to any beach party!
That’s it from the beach for now! Check out some more photos over at the Superflash Creative Facebook Page and printables from the party at Etsy. Look out for super cute photobooth pictures coming soon!