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Summer Tropical Beach Party Ideas

Updated on February 2, 2017

Summer, Sun, Fun!

Planning a super summer party? Then this page is where you want to visit! It's got ideas galore!! Free stuff, all the summer party ware you could ever need plus ideas, ideas, ideas!

Whether you're having a beach party, pool party, hawaiian party, bbq... whatever... it's covered here!

1st thing you need to remember when you're planning a summer party is that it's all about color and fun!! Choose a theme that suits the time of year like beach, fruit, ocean, cocktail, pool, luau, hawaiian, etc and then choose your decorations accordingly. Even if you don't want an actual theme it's best to stick to a certain amount of colors so your party really looks fabulous!

Free Cocktail Cards and Fruit Flags Printables


Just look at this stunning Summer Aloha Party by Hostess with the Mostess!

The colors work perfectly! Just so much beauty in the layout and design of this party!


Here's Another Stunning Summery Outdoors Party with so many gorgeous ideas!

Another by the wonderful Hostess with the Mostess Blog


Amy from Living Locurto has given away this gorgeous FREE Birthday Party printable pack!

Perfect for Summer / Outdoor Parties

This gorgeous designer Free Summer Birthday Party Collection comes with:

A 5Ã7 invitation with editable text fields to add your own party details.

Cupcake Toppers & Tags - Three designs to use for cupcakes and other decor.

Table Decor Sign

Three Pages of Patterned Scrapbook Paper

Cupcake Wrappers

Water Bottle Labels


Fruit Platters are an absolute must! All Melons apply ;)

Cut out summer shapes in the melons and then insert a kebab stick for fun and gorgeous party food favor sticks!!

Using the watermelon shells as bowls and centrepieces is a brilliant idea!

Melon Ballers & Cookie Cutters will do the trick

Using white as your base color with hints of bright can work beautifully! - Janelle of Cake Ink. created this absolutely stunning summer party table!!


Choose a base color.

I'm of the opinion for a party to look stylish yet fun you need to start with basic colors and then add bits of flair and fun in certain places. So for table settings and decorations I would choose a base of colors... perhaps two of three bright colours... or just one... and then build on that.

Example - Use all red tableware but snazzy it up with a bright and bold napkin on each plate and bright tropical centrepiece, perhaps some tropical lights. Then use your base color for all your balloons but add a few far out and fun tropical balloons in the mix... perhaps all the same tropical theme though (eg all parrots or fishes).

Or have a base of white and then choose a theme to add on to it with... perhaps like all hibiscus flower decorations or flip flops or flamingo's.

Or perhaps a base of Green color with bamboo accents then a running theme of Tiki's... that could look brilliant!!

Just choose a style or theme and stick with it and you'll be guaranteed a gorgeous party!!

Here's a great example to show you how single color themes can work!

How to Make a Sandcastle Cake - Easy & Fun Video Tutorial

How to make an easy rectangle wave cake

Funny Hula Hawaiian Couple Photo Face Insert Fun Cut Out Cardboard Stand Up! - I can almost guarantee after a few drinks it will incite some laughs!!

Surfer Couple Stand-In - Advanced Graphics Life Size Cardboard Standup
Surfer Couple Stand-In - Advanced Graphics Life Size Cardboard Standup


The hula girl was perfect, easy to assemble and compact to store. We did cut the face hole out to make it a little larger so people could stick their head in further and eliminate a shadow when they had their picture taken. It was good quality and exactly what it looked like on Amazon. I would recommend it.


Fun Beach Summer Inflatable Drink Cooler Holders! - Fill with ice and your guests have a spot to keep their drinks icy cool.

Not only a great drinks esky/cooler tub but also a party decoration to boot!!

You could make lots of little fruit bouquets or fruit kebabs?

Whenever I make fruit kebabs for friends they always go down a treat!!

A Few Beach Summer Themed Cakes for Inspiration - All photo's have commercial license with permission to appear here.


And for night summer, beach parties... glow sticks are a brilliant idea!! - Glow sticks can give you endless opportunities!

You could go for the outrageous and fun glow stick decoration (like below) or opt for tasteful, patterned ceiling hangings or wall decorations!

Tie them to fishing nets.

Buy the long ones that you can attach together to make a circle and make a row of circle interlinked to look like chains and hang from the ceiling! Or create smaller versions and make them like the old fashioned paper chain decorations.

Put a bunch of long one's in a big glass vase and use as a table centrepiece!

Attach fishing wire to all matching glow stick types (one color or a mix) and hang from the ceiling!

And have lots on hand for party guests... cause through the night it will create heaps of fun mobile phone photo opportunities!!

Lights are the best idea to really liven up a night party!!

There's nothing like lights to create brilliant atmosphere. In my opinion... if you're going to spend only a small budgeted amount of money on a party... spend it on lights!!! And there's an endless supply of incredible choices for summer parties!!! I wouldn't know which way to go. I would perhaps have a mix of tiki torches for the entrance way and some hanging colorful party lantern lights around the main food table or dance floor!

Like I said... if lighting is the only thing you spend money on for your party I think you've got the right idea.

Did you find inspiration here? Would love to hear your thoughts after checking out this page?

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      LadyDuck 4 years ago

      Amazing, some many beautiful photos, I love your lens.

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      Jogalog 4 years ago

      So colourful - It cheers you up just looking at this page.

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      RuralFloridaLiving 5 years ago

      Cute and clever - Wonderful party ideas here. Thanks. Enjoyed it!

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      Pip Gerard 5 years ago

      @Teapixie LM: hehehe... I hope it's the best party ever for you :)

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      Pip Gerard 5 years ago

      @Scotties-Rock: Putting parties together are so much fun aren't they.

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      Pip Gerard 5 years ago

      @ItayaLightbourne: Thank you so much... that means so very much to me.

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      Pip Gerard 5 years ago

      @Zodiacimmortal: oh fabulous...thank you so very much!

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      Tamara14 5 years ago

      Amazing ideas! I've enjoyed it a lot!

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      Kim 5 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      LOVE the lens! so bright & Bold I LOVE Hibiscus flowers & that multi colored cake I'm drooling! I've added this lens to my beach blanket fun in the sun lens

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Fantastic collection of summer party ideas! Very pretty. Blessings! :)

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      selectshopping 5 years ago

      A truly marvelous page. Bookmarked for my next party.

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      aquarian_insight 5 years ago

      What a beautifully vibrant lens! I love all the colourful pics and such great ideas and tips. *blessed*

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      purpleslug 5 years ago

      Love all of the ideas you have shared with us. Thanks!

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      Clairissa 5 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      What wonderful ideas! I can't wait to plan other party. I have one this weekend, my daughters grad party. :)

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      Tea Pixie 5 years ago

      This is, by far, my favourite party topic. I'm forwarding this to my husband and daughter so they can prepare appropriately for my coming birthday!!!

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      KholaAmin 5 years ago

      Wow! Awesome ideas for summer parties, i really inspired.

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      sarasentor lm 5 years ago

      So beautiful lens, i really enjoyed. It deserve vote up.

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      Pip Gerard 5 years ago

      @Find-Online: I had a lot of fun putting it together... I always do have fun putting together my lenses :) Thanks for the comment.

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      Pip Gerard 5 years ago

      @miaponzo: Oh thank you so much! â¥

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      AdamCarrasquillo 5 years ago

      Wow, what a colorfully eye catching lens. Well put together and inspirational :)

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      markadamdouglass 5 years ago

      Wow. I particularly love all the fantastic photos at the top of this lens :-)

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      daedrea lm 5 years ago

      Great lens! I love all of the beautiful bright pictures. Very motivational.

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      All I have to say is WOW!!!!!! These are amazing and I love them so much I want to do all of them right now! I want to eat all of those yummy things right now too! What GREAT ideas! Blessed!

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      Wow! Amazing! This is so great that and colorful that I love all of them so much.

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      Pip Gerard 5 years ago

      @Margaret Schindel: Thank you so very much!!!

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      starstreamdesign 5 years ago

      Another brilliant lens Pip! Truly outstanding

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      Pip Gerard 5 years ago

      @patriciabruce1: so glad to hear that! Thanks for taking the time to comment... means a lot! :)

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      Pip Gerard 5 years ago

      @sdmary: wonderful!! Hope you have a fabulous party! :)

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      Find-Online 5 years ago

      So many great photos and resource lists.. great lens.

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      UKGhostwriter 5 years ago

      very inspirational - great lens

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      sdmary 5 years ago

      Some great ideas here -- looking forward to trying a few!

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      patriciabruce1 5 years ago

      Wow! I think you've got it all covered! Thanks for sharing the great's inspiring!

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      Margaret Schindel 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Wow - so many fun and fabulous ideas for summer tropical beach-themed parties! Blessed.

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      The Spotted Olive 5 years ago

      Fun! Excellent information.

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      starzraven 5 years ago

      This is an incredible collection of ideas and resources! You are amazing! :)