How to Have a Teen Beach Party this Summer

Last Updated on November 1, 2022 by Ellen Christian

Are you thinking about a teen beach party? Finding party ideas for teenagers isn’t easy.  You don’t want to do something that’s too young for them but you still want the party to have a theme to help with decorating and snack ideas. Teen beach parties are the perfect answer. They are both affordable and loads of fun. 

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 How to Have a Teen Beach Party

When I received the Disney Teen Beach Movie DVD, I knew this would be an amazing party idea for teenagers.  These suggestions on how to have a teen beach party are all fairly simple.  

You don’t need to buy special ingredients or decorating supplies. You can make as few or as many as you’d like depending on how many people you will have over.

How to have a teen beach party

Since I wanted this party to have a more adult feel, I didn’t go crazy with decorations and printables.  I did use this printable Life is a Beach since I thought the teens might appreciate the mixed meaning.

If you have a younger crowd, print off this Beach Scavenger Hunt printable from this post for them to enjoy.

Teen Beach Party Menu

  • Tuna salad pinwheels in seaweed (spinach) sandwich wraps.  Slice and hold together with toothpicks if you need to. If you need something that is vegetarian, you can use egg salad as a filling instead. Or, you could always try a shrimp salad for something a bit fancier.

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  • Deviled egg boats. I used squares of scrapbook paper cut into sail shapes. You can use a triangle of pepper, a tortilla chip, or paper flags.

How to have a teen beach party

  • Octopus Dip.  OK, it’s really ranch dip with a pepper cut to look like an octopus is coming out of the dip. Use olives for the eyes.

How to have a teen beach party

  • Chips and beverages that your teens enjoy.

Teen Beach Party Supplies

  • White, blue or yellow tablecloth, napkins, and plates to look like white sand, blue water, and yellow sun
  • Scatter seashells randomly around the tablecloth. You can put out a buck of cheap plastic sunglasses too. A sand bucket and random plastic shovels make for cute beach decor as well. Just use your imagination and keep the age of your child in mind.


  • Fun beach themed music to set the mood. Just a few options are oldies like The Beach Boys, Under the Boardwalk by The Drifters, Toes in the Sand by the Zac Brown Band or Rockaway Beach by the Ramones. Check with your teens to see if they have any other ideas from their favorite groups.
  • Disney Teen Beach Movie on DVD for their viewing pleasure. You can also check out Teen Beach Movie II since that’s out now as well. Or, let the kids watch both and see which one is their favorite. I prefer the first one. There are lots of other movies that would work for teen beach parties.

How to Have a Teen Beach Party this Summer

It’s not easy finding movies for pre-teens and teenagers that they will enjoy and that’s appropriate at the same time.  Disney Teen Beach Movie is definitely one of those movies.  

Two surfers are living the good life until a rogue wave magically transports them to a classic 60’s beach party movie.  Like any good teen movie, there’s a rivalry between two opposing “gangs” (bikers and surfers), romance, comedy and of course music. 

Finally, Disney Teen Beach Movie is full of laughs and something that teenagers will enjoy.  So, if your teens enjoy musicals like Grease, they will love the music and dancing in Teen Beach Movie.

When I was planning how to have a teen beach party, I knew this would be the perfect movie and I was right. The DVD also includes exclusive behind the scenes rehearsal footage of 7 musical numbers. This is the perfect movie for whatever teen beach parties you’re planning this summer.

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Teen Beach Games

Most Teen Beach games will require a pool, beach access, or riverbank. You’ll want to collect beach balls, pool noodles, and sand toys to have a giant sandcastle competition.

If you have a large open area, a game of beach volleyball is always fun. So, here are a few more party game ideas for kids.

I’d love to hear about your teen beach parties. So, what kinds of things did your teens enjoy?

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22 thoughts on “How to Have a Teen Beach Party this Summer”

  1. Such cute and creative ideas!  Your creations could be used for any Summer themed celebration :) Thanks for including your party idea in our round up pin party :) We have a new theme every Friday!  I'm off to pin these fab ideas...
  2. What a cute party idea! My kids LOVE that move. It actually kind of reminds me of the old beach movies with Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon. I used to love those movies. :-) I love that octopus too!
  3. I love the Tuna salad pinwheels and all the wonderful food creations.  This is a great idea for a fun day for teens.  They will enjoy the movie and all the fun.
  4. I like the octopus and lettuce wraps. What a cute set up. We watched this with my almost 6-year old a few weeks ago when it first aired. What a cute movie. 
  5. Love the party treats - very cute and unique. Even if the kids didn't want this party - I would do it because it's fun!

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