REAL PARTIES: Preppy Beach Party

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In continuation of the fun gummy candy skewers featured last week, here are the complete details from the fabulous Preppy Beach party created by Stephanie of Couture Parties.

Creative details include fun ideas like a decorate-your-own sailor hat station for the kids, blue jello cups “swimming” with candy fish, and a super-cute homemade banner that Stephanie created by cutting out little fabric “swim trunks” and attaching them to rope with mini clothespins!

beach birthday party ideas

beach birthday party ideas

Read on for LOTS more pics and all the fun party details, as told by Stephanie


beach birthday party ideas

“My son’s (Carter) birthday was around the corner, and of course I am in full season of weddings and parties, but we have had this tradition since he was 2 of asking what kind of party he wants… Sometimes i cringe at the answer, but this time I could have picked him up and swung him around and kissed him!

He wanted a beach party. We are fortunate enough to live by the beach and be members of a beach club, so this party was a no brainer for me!

beach birthday party ideas

The “Preppy Beach Party” inspiration came from what Carter loves to do in the summer… in his bathing suit, swimming, golfing, tennis, bbq’s, and playing baseball on the beach.  We had the party at the beach near us, which also has a pool.

beach birthday party ideas

I set up a themed dessert table with a preppy beach vibe to it:

beach birthday party ideas

The table featured wooden sailboats (big one from Homegoods, small ones from willowbaus), seersucker fabric as the tablecloth, and an overhead bunting made by gluing fabric triangles onto rope. I also made little “swim trunks banner” from fabric pieces and mini clothespins.

beach birthday party ideas

beach birthday party ideas

On the table were clear cups of blue jello with leftover rainbow gummy fish from the party favors, pretzel rods dipped in orange chocolate, and sugar cookies & cake from It’s My Party.

beach birthday party ideas

beach birthday party ideas

There was also a giant lollipop display on both sides of the table:

beach birthday party ideas

I also wanted to create a craft, so I had station where I made sailor-style hats out of newspaper and had stickers and markers available for the kids to decorate and take home!

beach birthday party ideas

beach birthday party ideas

Kids also took home appliqued t-shirts and gummy skewers.”

beach birthday party ideas

Get the DIY on the gummy candy skewers here, and more info on the Applique t-shirt favors is coming soon!

beach birthday party ideas

A few more pics of the party fun…

beach birthday party ideas

beach birthday party ideas

beach birthday party ideas

beach birthday party ideas

beach birthday party ideas


Thanks again to Stephanie for all the fun party inspiration! You can also find Couture Parties on Facebook here.

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POSTED BY:jenn s.JENNIFER SBRANTI is the Founder and Creative Director of Hostess with the Mostess®, a hip and modern party planning resource.

26 responses to “REAL PARTIES: Preppy Beach Party”

  1. Keli of I DO Belize Weddings says:

    I love this so much I am reposting your article on our blog!!

  2. Wow, wow, and more wow! This is now one of my new FAVORITES!

  3. This party is amazing – my jaw literally dropped while looking at the pictures!! ; ) I love EVERY detail – but especially the super sweet swim trunks banner and the lobster cookies. Fabulous work!

  4. Laura says:

    This is sooooo adorable!!! I so wish my son were in to the nautical theme. I LOVE it!!!!!

  5. Awesome job again Stephanie!!! So preppy beach chic as always, I love it!!!

  6. PartyMom says:

    Everything is pulled together so well. I never would have thought to use yarn balls as a base for the lollipops!

  7. Those crab plates are the best! This is SO cute.

  8. Jen says:

    Everything about this party is so adorable — especially the garland made of little swim trunks!!

  9. Love all the details and the colors are fabulous! But my absolute favorite part is the clothesline. So cute!

  10. The Fairy says:

    I love the applique t-shirts! What a great way to carry forward the theme and easy too!

  11. Milly says:

    I love the beach theme. The details are outrageous! Love it! Where did you get the lollipops??

  12. Krysten says:

    So many adorable details! I especially love the swim-shorts banner and the adorable cake. Thanks for sharing!


  13. Super adorable. I love the color scheme and the details. Adorable!

  14. I love the jello with the gummy fish. This is such a cute theme.

  15. I love the swim trunks banner. So cute!

  16. bridal girl says:

    Such a great party you had there. Guess all the kids enjoyed.

  17. Terri says:

    Fun! I love the color scheme. It’s such a great idea for a summer party!

  18. Dave says:

    Wow, great blog, I love those invites, they’re very unique!

  19. Kristal says:

    This is so cool….the little shorts on the garland are too much!

  20. Jaime says:

    Thank you for sharing such a creative and boy-centered party theme!

  21. Susan says:

    It’s such a simple idea, but I love having the sign that thanks guests for coming and highlighting the party favors!

  22. Shelby says:

    Cute! Where did you purchase the giant lollipops?

  23. Jill Somerville says:

    Where did you purchase the lollipops? Thank you!

  24. brenda eugene says:

    To all those moms this is what’s worth to your children, in the long run memories will pay off,,,,keep it up & enjoy with them.

  25. Remember good old days,,, of so much work ,, but it pays off your children's home manners & education.

  26. Jonathan says:

    Great Ideas with great execution. Everything looks amazing and has inspired some ideas for one of our events!