- Send a lei with a tag outlining all the party particulars, including the theme. Ask everyone to wear or bring summer clothes.
- Move the furniture out of your family room, lay down some picnic blankets and gingham tablecloths, and bring in some lawn chairs.
- If possible, add a sandbox. But not if you have expensive carpeting.
- String patio lanterns across the room to create a summery mood.
- Play music by Caribbean artists, such as Toots & The Maytals.
Food & drink:
Fun & games
- Play non-beach volleyball using a balloon. Split into teams and bat the balloon back and forth; the object of the game is not to let it touch the ground.
- Create your own version of Beach Blanket Bingo. Make cards, each with nine balmy weather-related words like "pool" and "park." Hand them out and call out your list of words one by one. The first person to fill their complete card wins.
- Other options: lawn bowling, tug of war, and Hula Hoop competitions.
Download Beach blanket bingo cards.