Life is a Beach – Themed Dinner Party Ideas

If you are looking to create a summery feel for your next fondue dinner party you really cannot go past a beach theme to inspire and delight your guests.  Having your guests dress up in their favorite beachy gear (sarongs, flip-flops, hats, sunglasses, board shorts) will bring that fun vibe to your party.

Dress up the indoors and outdoors with beach paraphernalia to create a surfy ambience to make an inviting space for your gathering of friends.

I have put together below a few ideas which are simple and hassle free to start you on your dinner party journey!


How cool are these invitations and for me they actually bring back memories of the Police song “Message in a Bottle”.

Beach Theme Message In A Bottle Invitations

  • 20 beach theme bottle invitations in a glass bottle with natural starfish.
  • Bottles are about 7 inches tall and of high quality.
  • The kit includes:  bottle, cork, sand, natural seashells, natural ribbon, aged style paper, mailing labels, some accessories to use for assembly and easy to follow instructions.

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The perfect tablecloth brings a room alive.  This beautiful tablecloth adds the color and pizzaz of the mediterranean to your summery seascape.

Tropical Beach Tablecloth by Ambesonne

  • Comes in 3 Sizes – 52″ x 70″, 60″ x 84″ and 60″ x 90″.
  • Made of lightweight silky satin fabric with hand-sewn finished edges.
  • Machine washable and durable enough for both indoor and outdoor use.

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Dinnerware and Table Linens

To complete your dining experience, why not treat yourself to this beautiful stoneware dinnerware set which evokes images of the seaside and the table linens add that extra style to your table setting.

Gibson Overseas Sunset Blue Dinnerware Set

  • Coastal inspired blue and black reactive glaze with handpaint 16-piece dinnerware set  includes 4 each:  10.75-inch dinner plate, 8-inch dessert plate, 6-inch bowl and 12-ounce mug.
  • The dinnerset design features palm trees, shoreline, sea, lagoon, hut and twilight sky.
  • Crafted from high quality stoneware.
  • Dishwasher and microwave safe.

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Beach Dining Placemats, Ivory

  • 100% cotton, all natural placements with frayed edge design (8 pack).
  • Placemats are reversible.

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Beach Dining Napkins, Ivory

  • 100% cotton canvas napkins 18 ” x 18″.
  • Unique frayed edge design.
  • Napkins are machine washable.

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Beach Dining Natural Oyster Shell Napkin Ring, Ivory

  • 100% cotton canvas natural oyster shell napkin rings (8 pack) with frayed edge design.
  • Made will all natural elements.
  • Machine washable.

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These ocean inspired wine glasses are stunning and give that added sparkle to your coastal decor.

Seashell Stemless Wine Glasses

  • Set of four (4) stemless wine glasses each engraved with a different seashell design.
  • Made of clear glass and are dishwasher safe.
  • Glasses measure 3″ x 5″ and hold 21 ounces each.
  • Please note:  minor bubbles and swirls are inherent to hand-blown glass; variations will occur due to handcrafted nature.

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Magnetic Beach Wine Charms

  • Set of 6 magnetic wine charms includes a starfish, pelican, crab, lobster and 2 seashell charms.
  • Simply Charmed’s magnetic wine charms attach through the glass and work to identify stemless wine glasses, cocktail and champagne glasses, even beer mugs.

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Table Accessories

To bring that seaside ambience to your dinner table these candles and glass bottles do the trick.  Why not scatter sea shells and starfish to bring the feel of the ocean to your coastal tablescape.

Stonebriar Worn White Wooden Beach House Candle Lantern

  • Lantern measures 6.2″ x 5.7″ x 7.75″ and easily fits a 3″ diameter pillar candle.
  • Lantern is made with worn white painted wood and removable clear glass cylinder hurricane and is safe to use indoors or outdoors.
  • Stonebriar wooden lantern comes with a sturdy rope handle.
  • Lantern comes in 2 different sizes.

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V-More Light Blue Flower Bud Vase with Jute Rope and Fish Glass Bottle

  • Set of 3 glass bottle flower vases measuring 2.875”L x 2.875”W x 5.5”H.
  • Light blue color with a white fish attached by a jute rope.

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Libbey Pillar Candle Holder Glass Vase Set

  • Includes 2, 11 inch pedestal glass vases and are lead free.
  • A pedestal-style footed base elevates your prized display pieces, whether it’s candles, seashells, or floral arrangements.
  • Handwash only.

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Mixed Beach Seashells

  • Bag of approximately 50 seashells with various sizes up to 2″.
  • Contains a beautiful assortment of shells ranging from conchas to teeny tiny micro shells.

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Variety Starfish Mix

  • 12 Piece Extra Large Starfish Mix 8″-10″.
  • The set includes 4 White Finger / Pencil, 4 Finger Pastel Color and 4 Knobbly / Armoured starfish.

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Indoor/Outdoor Decorations

Why not bring the beach to you and your guests by hanging lanterns and fishing nets, decorate with beach inspired balloons; install tiki torches to brighten up the backyard and scatter beach balls to create the visual look for your beach themed party.  Combining this with your tablescape you will definitely impress your guests.

White Paper Lanterns

  • Total of 20 lanterns with assorted sizes of large 12″ and 10″, medium 8″ and small 6″.
  • Can be used for indoor and outdoor decorating.
  • LED lights can be hung inside or hang the lantern from your set of string lights.

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“Happiness is a Day at the Beach” Wall Art

  • Made of reclaimed wood slats from old wood pallets.
  • Size –  12 x 12 inches.
  • Metal hanger attached.

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Mediterranean Style Fish Net

  • Decorative fishing net made from artificial cotton thread and shells.
  • Size: approx. 200cm x 150cm/79 x 59inch.

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Luau Bamboo Torches

  • Pack of (12) 57″ bamboo torches.
  • Easy pour wide mouth canister means less mess.
  • Burns up to 5 hours with each 12oz fill.
  • Sustainable bamboo construction.

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Tropical Hibiscus Flowers Balloons

  • Pack of (10) 11″ Tropical Hibiscus Flowers Balloons

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Music Selection

Music brings a party to life, a few music suggestions for a beach themed dinner party could be “The Beach Boys”, “Buddha Bar”, or maybe a compilation album. Here are a couple of albums to give you inspiration.

Sounds of Summer:  Very Best of The Beach Boys MP3

Track Listings

California Girls; I Get Around; Surfin’ Safari; Surfin’ U.S.A.; Fun, Fun, Fun; Surfer Girl; Don’t Worry Baby; Little Deuce Coupe; Shut Down; Help Me, Rhonda; Be True to Your School; When I Grow Up (to Be a Man); In My Room; God Only Knows; Sloop John B; Wouldn’t It Be Nice; Getcha Back; Come Go with Me; Rock and Roll Music; Dance, Dance, Dance; Barbara Ann; Do You Wanna Dance?; Heroes and Villains; Good Timin’; Kokomo; Do It Again; Wild Honey; Darlin’; I Can Hear Music; Good Vibrations.

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Buddha Bar Beach 2016:  Saint Tropez MP3

Track Listings

Welcome to Buddha-Bar Beach Saint-Tropez; La femme a la peau bleue; The Sounds of Silence; Like the Sunshine (Radio Mix); Blue Marlins (feat. Damon Trueitt) [Pascal Junior Remix]; When Doves Cry; Will You Be Gone (feat. Jenniffer Kae) [Saccao & Namatria Remix]; Faded; Make Your Move; Making a Living; Club Crusher; Sun Goes Down; Nighthawk; Heat (African Day) [Calippo Remix] [feat. Nomfusi]; Close My Eyes (Don Diablo Edit]; St. Tropez Twist.

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  1. Such great ideas here. Thanks for sharing.
    I just listened to Buddha-Bar Beach Saint-Tropez. Great tacks!


    1. Thanks so much for visiting my website and for leaving your comment. When hosting a dinner party with a theme you really do need the music to compliment the theme you have created, so Buddha-Bar Beach Saint-Tropez was a must for my playlist, I absolutely love this album.


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