Beach Themed Cocktail Hour

Watermelon Lemonade is a staple cocktail both with or without gin in summer. Watermelon is at it’s peak, and what makes better sense to quench your thirst at the beach than lemonade? In Bermuda, they use Gosling’s Rum and ginger beer, but try a Dark and Stormy with ginger ale too. You could also whip up some low-carb cocktails for lower sugar content.

Use your grill to whip up Emily’s Grilled Pizza w/Fontina & Arugula (cut into small bites) or Grilled Bread w/Arugula, Goat Cheese, Olives & Onions. I’ve had these Avocado and Greek Yogurt on Rice Cracker appetizers, they are good for you and addictive. I’ve also made Emily’s Arugula, Yellow Tomato, & Nectarine Salsa, healthy and delicious!

Make your centerpieces fun and beach inspired by incorporating starfish, shells, sand and light colors. Freshen up the traditional option with unique holders, like mason jars or interesting vases. Try some of the summer table decor ideas from my previous post. Personalized napkins are the perfect finishing touch for your party.

If you can safely set up a bonfire party, check out this previous post on bonfire party themes. They can turn a summer evening into a memorable party among friends and family. Ideal locations include a beach with a sandy pit, a fire pit in a backyard or field, or a local campground. Or get some fun pool toys to bring your party to the next level.


Hire a steel drum band or just load up your ipod and set the laid-back tone with this suggested playlist:

  1. Three Little Birds – Bob Marley
  2. The Summer Wind – Frank Sinatra
  3. Shine – Collective Soul
  4. Summer Girls – LFO
  5. Home – Philip Phillips
  6. Beyond the Sea – Robbie Williams
  7. Summertime – Sublime
  8. Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay – Otis Redding
  9. Somewhere Over the Rainbow – Israel “Iz” Kamakawiwo’le
  10. California Gurls – Katy Perry
  11. Here Comes The Sun – The Beatles
  12. I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
  13. Summer Love – Justin Timberlake
  14. Sweet Pea – Amos Lee
  15. Is This Love – Bob Marley
  16. Colors – April Smith and the Great Picture Show
  17. Saturday in the Park – Chicago
  18. Under the Boardwalk – The Drifters
  19. Drops of Jupiter – Train
  20. Cups – Anna Kendrick
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Author: erinpruitt

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