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Backyard Beach Party   

Residents can help set-up and prepare for the festivities. You may also consider
inviting families and friends to this memorable event. The party’s info can be written on
deflated beach balls as invitations.

Table Decorations
Cover the tables with vinyl cloths in festive colors such as neon orange and neon blue.
Spread seashells and beach confetti around the tables for additional appeal. Apply
bamboo streamers and large leis around the edges of the party tables, for a well-
polished table covering.

Layer colored sand and seashells in large glass containers for centerpieces. Glue
decorative fish netting and glitter to the outside to add finesse. Stringing mini-lights
around the centerpieces adds both décor and usefulness for nighttime beach parties.
Place goodie bags filled with assorted novelties on designated tables to provide
souvenirs and smiles for resting guests. Items such as rubber ducks, cameras and
leis can bring smiles to the old and young alike. Consider preparing prize bags for
game winners.

General Décor

Tropical fringe
Transform the party room into a beach village with some brown and green butcher
paper. These large sheets of colored paper can be purchased off the roll at most craft
stores in a variety of colors. Make green and brown tropical fringe similar to palm leaf
thatch by cutting strips into the paper about two inches apart. Affix the fringe on every
edge you can find, from tables to chairs to windows to create a beach hut atmosphere.
Sand buckets

Use inexpensive plastic sand toys from the dollar store for clever decorations. Fill
buckets half full with sand and place a colorful pinwheel in each one. Line the sidewalk
and porch with the cheery buckets.

Beach garland
Take all the shovels that came with the buckets as well as any other inexpensive beach
items and make a beach garland. Use twine to string the items, tying a knot to
separate. In between the items, string large wooden beads, bottle caps, or even plastic
fruit. Some other ideas for the beach garland are flip flops, clear plastic bottles with
notes inside, sand dollars and children's sunglasses. Hang the garland in doorways,
along the wall or above the dinner table.

Food and Drink:

Trader's Punch
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 2 cups lemon juice
  • 1 cup grenadine syrup
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 3 1-pint (12-ounce) bottles ginger ale, chilled
  • Fresh berries or sliced fruit

Mix fruit juices, grenadine and corn syrup;
chill. Just before serving, add ginger ale
and fruit. Makes 4 quarts.

Sand Cake
This cake is served in a plastic sand bucket and dished out with a plastic sand shovel.
The recipe is as follows:

  • 2 pkg (3.5 to 4 oz. each) vanilla-flavored instant pudding and pie filling mix.
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 container (8 oz.) nondairy whipped topping
  • 1 box (10.5 oz) miniature chocolate chip cookies
  • 2 cups vanilla wafer cookie crumbs, divided.
  • and shell shaped candies or pebble candies for top decorations.

1. Prepare pudding according to directions on package. Using rubber scraper, fold in
the whipped topping, then fold in chocolate chip cookies.

2. Spoon half of the pudding mixture into a clean (new) 2 1/2 quart plastic beach bucket.
Sprinkle with half of the vanilla cookie crumbs. Repeat layers. Cover and refrigerate at
least 4 hours to soften cookies. Decorate with candy shells and pebble candies.
Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Aloha Salad

  • 1/3 cup of olive oil
  • 1 package ramen noodles (shrimp flavored)
  • 2 -3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup green scallions chopped
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 head of cabbage shredded
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seed oil

Remove flavor packet from the ramen noodles. Leave the noodles in the package and
break them up into small pieces. Place noodles, almonds and sesame seeds on a
baking tray. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes or until browned. Mix
together oil, sugar, vinegar, salt, pepper, scallions and ramen flavor packet with the
cabbage. Add noodle mixture to dressing and pour over cabbage.

Hawaiian Sweet and Sour Meatballs
•        1 1/2 lb. ground beef
•        2 eggs
•        4 Tbs. cornstarch
•        1 onion, minced
•        1/4 tsp. pepper
•        1/4 tsp. nutmeg
•        1 tsp. salt
•        1/4 tsp. garlic powder or grated garlic
•        2 Tbs. salad oil
•        1 1/4 C. pineapple juice
•        1 Tbs. soy sauce
•        3 Tbs. wine vinegar
•        1/3 C. water
•        1/2 C. brown sugar
•        2 C. fresh pineapple and papaya chunks
•        2 green peppers, cut bite size

Blend together beef, eggs, 1 tsp. cornstarch, onion, pepper, nutmeg, salt and garlic.
Form into 1-inch balls. Heat oil in skillet and brown meat balls on all sides. In a large
saucepan, add remaining cornstarch to pineapple juice along with soy sauce, vinegar,
water and brown sugar. Cook until thickened, stirring constantly. Add meat balls, fruit
and green pepper and cook 5 minutes or until fruit is well heated. Sprinkle with
chopped Hawaiian macadamia nuts or slivered almonds.

Hawaiian Slaw
•        1/2 16 oz. bag cole slaw
•        1 small red pepper, julienned
•        6 green onions, cleaned and sliced
•        1/2 C. macadamia nuts
•        3 Tbs. sesame oil
•        1 small can pineapple tidbits, reserve juice
•        Dressing:
•        1/4 C. each sesame oil, soy sauce, rice vinegar
•        2 Tbs. sugar
•        Reserved pineapple juice
Toast macadamias in 3 Tbs. sesame oil until golden. Cool and add to salad mixture.
Make dressing, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Toss salad, pour dressing on, toss
again and refrigerate 1 hour. Toss again and serve.

Beach Blanket Bingo
You will need: need 3x5" index cards. Cut each index card into 6 squares - you will need
30 squares. Make 6 of each letter in the word BINGO (6 Bs, 6 Is, etc.) using a marker.

To play Beach Blanket Bingo, divide everyone into teams of 5. Put the Bingo cards into a
bowl, bucket, or hat. Each team alternately sends one member to pick a card. If a letter
is duplicated, the next player on the team puts it back into the hat. The game continues
until one team spells BINGO.

Ocean Matching Game
Fill a tub with beach water. Write the last name of a famous person or TV character on
one side of a toy fish or toy seashell with a waterproof marker and the first name on a
different beach-themed toy. Repeat for five to 10 pairs of toys, using different names.
Put the toys into the tub. Have the guests pick a toy and try to pick its match in the tub.
For an added bonus, have guests name what the person was famous for or what TV
show he is on when they make a match.

Sandy Art
Purchase several bags of colored sand and small glass bottles of various shapes.
Make sure the bottles have lids. Pour the sand into squeeze bottles, and let party
guests fill the bottles with layers of sand. Provide small sticks so that they can create
waves and dips in between the layers of sand.

Seashell Creatures
If you don't live near the beach, look for seashells at a local craft store. They typically sell
a variety of sizes and shapes of seashells that are ideal for this craft. Provide the guests
with other embellishments such as wiggly eyes, pipe cleaners, ribbon and pompoms.
Let the guests glue on the different embellishments to turn their seashells into
creatures. Add a competition component to it by awarding a prize for the most creative
seashell creature.

Shell Wind Chimes
Any beachcomber will enjoy this project. Find two sticks 6 and 3 inches long. Use cotton
string of varying lengths; tie one end around a shell or piece of sea glass and the other
end to one of the sticks. Use two same-size pieces of string to connect the sticks. Tie a
24-inch string to the top one to hang.