inspiration for stylish celebrations



Retro Beach Party Decor
Vintage VW Bus
Grass Table Skirting
Hessian Tablecloths
Salt & Pepper in Shells with Wooden Spoons
Beach Umbrella
Beach Balls
Coca Cola Bottles in Vintage Coca Cola Crate
7 Singles & Record Player
Sand Pails & Shovels
Vintage Beach Posters
Sea Sand
Ruffled Blue Tablecloths
Wooden Beach Signs
Bamboo Mats
Weather Report Blackboard
Beach Towels
Hoola Hoops
Vinyl Record Cupcake Stand
Striped Paper Straws

Retro Beach Party Food
Coca Cola Bottles
Beach Umbrella Cupcakes
Ice Cream Cones
Watermelon Wedges
Fresh Fruit Salad
Fresh Fruit Kebabs
Water & Beer in Galvanized Ice Buckets
Mini Hotdogs
Mini Boerewors Rolls with Tomato & Onion Relish
Old Fashioned Sweets
Frankie’s” Olde Soft Drinks
Homemade Ginger Beer, Olde Style Root Beer, Original Cream Soda, Cloudy Lemonade, Cinnamon Cola
Frozen Margarita, Tequila Sunrise, Sex on the Beach, Strawberry Daquiry, Mojito
Mini Gourmet Burgers
Sand & Shell Cupcakes
Ice Lollies
Prawn Cocktail Chips & "Take a Dip"
Popcorn in Red & White Striped Popcorn Boxes
Grilled Prawns with Lemon & Garlic
Half Shell Mussels with Lemon, Garlic, Cream, White Wine & Coriander
Fresh Oysters

Retro Beach Party Playlist
Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys
California Dreamin’ - The Mamas & the Papas
It Never Rains in Southern California - Albert Hammond
Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding
Funkytown - Lipps Inc
Walking on Sunshine - Katrina & the Waves
Under the Boardwalk - The Drifters
Hotel California - The Eagles
Hot Stuff - Donna Summer
In the Summertime - Mungo Jerry
Let’s Twist Again - Chubby Checker
California Girls - The Beach Boys
Fun Fun Fun - The Beach Boys
I Get Around - The Beach Boys
I Saw her Standing There - The Beach Boys
Wouldn't It Be Nice - The Beach Boys
Kokomo - The Beach Boys
Surfin’ USA - The Beach Boys
Barbara Ann - The Beach Boys
Great Balls of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis
Sea Cruise - Cliff Richard & The Four Tops
The Boys of Summer - Don Henley
Summer Nights - John Travolta & Olivia Newton John
Itsy, Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini - Brian Hyland
La Bamba - Los Lobos
Seasons in the Sun - Terry Jacks
San Francisco - Scott McKenzie
Loco in Acapulco - The Four Tops
Wouldn’t it be Nice - The Beach Boys
Crocodile Rock - Elton John
Still Cruisin’ - The Beach Boys
Light my Fire - The Doors
Hello I Love You - The Doors
Aquarius/Let the Sunshine in - The 5th Dimension
Summertime - Janis Joplin
Sonbrilletjies - Al Debbo
Poppa Joe - The Sweet
Summertime - Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
Agadoo - Black Lace
Escape - Rupert Holmes
Dancing in the Streets - Mick Jagger & David Bowie

Feel free to add to my list!

26 DECEMBER 2015

We set up and styled this fun retro beach party table for my mom's birthday this year. She loves seafood and each year we try to incorporate delicious seafood into a new theme. She also loves music and being a child of the 50's and 60's this was the perfect theme!

We decorated the food table with hessian tablecloths, a wavy blue overlay, a grass table skirting, a bamboo mat, canvasses of vintage VW buses on the beach, sea sand, shells, pails & shovels, beach balls, inflatable beach chairs & lilo's, a hula hoop, a vinyl record cupcake stand, the weather conditions written on a chalk board, Coca Cola bottles in a retro wooden Coca Cola crate, a retro Coca Cola serviette dispenser, beach towels, sea salt in a shell with a wooden spoon and ice buckets.

The guests were welcomed with delicious, refreshing cocktails including Sex on the Beach (how could we not?), Mojito, Tequila Sunrise & Frozen Margarita.

Other drinks included Frankie's Olde Soft Drink Co's Fiery Ginger Beer & Original Cream Soda, which had the retro feel to it as well as being delicious, Coca Cola in glass bottles, bottled water, fresh fruit juice and lemon & mint infused mineral water.

The snacks included freshly popped popcorn in retro red & white striped popcorn boxes as well as prawn cocktail flavoured chips & dips.

The fresh oysters we served on a bed of crushed ice with fresh lemon, Tabasco & black pepper were a huge hit with the guests.

The main course included delicious grilled prawns with lemon & garlic butter, half shell mussels with cream, white wine, garlic & coriander and slices of freshly baked Panini as well as delicious Buffalo chicken wings in a barrel with blue cheese dip and mini Boerewors rolls with chunky tomato & onion relish.

On the menu for dessert were beach sand cupcakes with praline chocolate shells on a vinyl record cupcake stand, Neapolitan ice cream (which was a huge hit!) in sugar & flat bottomed cones with chocolate & strawberry sauce, watermelon wedges, fruit ice lollipops and retro Lovehearts sweets in a beach pail & shovel.

Another one of my favourite elements of the party was the awesome retro beach party playlist we compiled, it really set the mood! Have a look at the playlist above and feel free to add to it!