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Backyard Beach Parties

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raleigh cateringIt’s that time of the year again. Yep, summer is here. Around here, July typically means celebrating the 4th, vacations, hanging out at the pool, heading to the beach, and backyard barbeques. Unfortunately, some people cannot make it out of town to visit the coast and don’t have access to a nice sized pool. That doesn’t mean that you have to be left out.

Even if you don’t leave near a beach, or have a pool, you can get a little creative and still have your own backyard beach party. Hosting a beach party in your backyard is a great way to get all your friends and family together to have some great summer fun. Check out these awesome tips to learn how you can transform your backyard into a mini oasis.

Kiddie Pools

Some of you are lucky. You either have access to your own backyard pool, or a nice sized community pool where you can relax. What do you do if you do not have either? Kiddie pools. These are great for multiple reasons. Today, these pools come in lots of different sizes as well. Fill them up with water and have at it. You can even take a few kiddie pools and fill them up with sand to make play areas for kids, or adults.

Filling up your backyard with sand to make a beach would impress your neighbors. It’ll also be a pain to clean up and it will probably kill all of your grass. If you want to use sand to make beachy areas, we suggest using a big tarp and some lawn edgers to make borders. Do your best to keep the sand contained as much as possible.


A beach party is all about fun. You need to have some activities that everyone will enjoy, especially if there will be kids in attendance. Use beach inspired games to get you started. Volleyball, frisbee, and badminton are all great choices. You can also set up corn hole boards and horseshoes. If you have the room, pick up a “Slip-n-Slide”. These are always a big hit with both adults and kids. Not enough room? Pick up some cheap garden sprinklers. People of all ages love to run through sprinklers.

When you’re out shopping, also pick up plenty of water guns and water balloons. Water balloons can be a little extra work but the fun is well worth it. Just be aware that you’ll have some extra trash to pick up.

As the night winds down, break out the firepit and roast marshmallows for making s’mores. This will be a wonderful way to end the party.

Decor Ideas

Go as crazy as you like. It’s your party. Check out your local dollar store, or party supply store. They should have plenty of tablecloths, hanging banners, tiki torches, grass skirts, etc. Maybe even pick up some coconuts from your local grocery store. Use them as decor at first, then crack them open and enjoy. Nothing says beach party like coconut drinks with mini umbrellas.

Make sure you have plenty of lawn chairs and seating space for your guests. If you need chairs, ask your guests to bring their own. You should also make sure your guests have plenty of shade. It can get hot in July and everyone will need a chance to get out of the sun.

Finally, play some good tunes. Beach inspired or “surfer tunes” are great for any beach party.

Drinks and Food

For the adults, have some fruity drinks like pina coladas, daiquiris, and margaritas. Also, for the men, have a good selection of beer available. Be sure to have plenty of water and non-alcoholic options as well. Lemonade and sweet tea are the preferred choices in the South.

For the food, just keep it light and easy. Having a potluck is also a great option so all the cooking doesn’t just fall on you. Have a grill? Hotdogs and burgers should be your go-to, especially if you’re expecting a lot of people. You can also hire a food truck. These are all the rage, are very fun and interactive, plus you’re sure to find something everyone will like. You can also go with Raleigh Catering services. A company like Catering By Design would be an excellent choice.

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Want to have your own summer beach party? Call Catering By Design for excellent Raleigh catering services. We’ve got great menus for all sized events. The only thing better than our food is our prices and customer service. Don’t need full service catering? We even deliver. Call us today and ask up about all of our awesome catering services.