The Dos and Don’ts of Planning a Beach Party
Sea, sun, and sand. We already know it’s the perfect formula for a summer day, but it’s also the perfect combination for a summer party! After all, who doesn’t love the idea of relaxing on the sand with friends, the sun on your face and an ocean breeze in your hair? There’s something about the beach that makes everyone that little bit more happy and carefree, and it doesn’t take much to make a beach bash a memorable one. However, planning a beach party also takes some planning and preparation. And, of course, there are also a few challenges unique to planning a beach party. That’s why you need to take heed of these beach party dos and don’ts.
DO check local regulations and obtain a permit (if needed). First and probably most importantly, check if a permit is required and if there are any rules and regulations you will need to follow. For example, is alcohol allowed? Does the beach allow dogs, bonfires, umbrellas or canopies? The rules will differ depending on where you’re going so it’s important to ensure you are in compliance. Once you have the information you need, be sure to communicate it with all your guests beforehand.
DON’T choose a hard-to-reach location. If you’re planning a beach party, you’ll want to find the perfect spot! However, it’s important to make sure your guests can find it and access it easily. Consider any guests who may not be able to clamber over rocks and scrub. You should also consider how close you are to restrooms. Another aspect to consider is how crowded that part of the beach will be. Finally, look up tide times and make sure that the spot you choose won’t be washed away if it changes.
DO keep your guests’ comfort (and safety) in mind. As the host, it’s your responsibility to look out for your guests and ensure they have everything they need. For a beach party, that includes aspects like sunscreen, shade, hydration, and water safety. Provide necessities like sunscreen and bug spray for anyone who forgets to bring it along. Create shaded areas where guests can get out of the sun. Bring along plenty of extra water as well as towels and blankets if you’re staying on the beach after dark. If guests will be swimming, it might be a good idea to follow a buddy system and to choose a beach with a lifeguard.
DON’T choose decorations that will might cause accidents or pollution. When you’re planning a beach party, you can afford to keep decoration simple. That’s because the setting will do a lot of the work for you. But it’s also because items can easily blow away or cause litter and pollution. For example, you’ll want to avoid glass and use disposable, recyclable plates and cups. Stay away from materials like plastic or Styrofoam. This is also one party where balloons are not a good idea as they can be harmful to sea birds and marine life. Stick to natural or biodegradable materials. You should also be sure to clean up after yourselves and remove any trash when you leave.
DO keep the menu simple. When it comes to planning a beach party menu, the best advice is to keep things simple! If you’re able to have a grill or bonfire, burgers and hot dogs are always a hit. Otherwise, stick to portable, picnic-style food that’s easy to transport and eat. You’ll also want to avoid any food that could spoil quickly. Another option is to order out, especially if the beach has a great local takeaway or food truck! As with any party, be sure to ask your guests about their food preferences and allergies so you can cater for these as well.
DON’T forget to have a backup plan (or date). Unfortunately even the best party planning can’t prevent bad weather. So it’s important to have a Plan B. Take a look at nearby bars, clubs, and restaurants so that you know where to go if it gets too cold or windy, or if it starts to rain. Another alternative is to have an indoor location as a backup or even a backup date.
Follow these dos and don’ts and a successful beach bash will be a ‘shore’ thing!