Girls’ Night Out: Things Everyone Should Know for a Beach Party


Sun, surf, and sand provide a beautiful backdrop for your summer shindig.

FIRST GLANCE

girls night out beach party

Few of us are lucky enough to have a beachfront house along the Malibu coast or at Australia’s Bondi Beach. But geography doesn’t have to preclude you from hosting a sizzling summer soirée. Any public beach with clean sand and cool water for splashing around in can serve as an idyllic setting for a fun-filled Saturday afternoon. Choose a spot that also allows bonfires and you have instant ambience after sunset.

 

IN THE DETAILS

Beach party girls

​​​Summer entertaining should be casual. Skip the complicated recipes and opt for dishes that feature fresh seafood and seasonal fruits and veggies. Keep decorations to a minimum. Fashion a cozy spot for lounging, and create​ a bit of shade with a few boldly colored blankets and a patterned beach umbrella. Pack up your drinks and snacks picnic-style in an extra-large cooler and basket, and bring along buckets for building sandcastles or a volleyball net for an impromptu competition. For soft lighting after dark, plant a few solar-powered tiki torches in the sand.


WHAT TO WEAR

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Splurging on the right bikini—one that hugs your curves and leaves minimal tan lines—is a must for summer frolick- ing. Top it with a breezy sundress or gauzy tunic when you’re hanging out on the beach. Be sure to protect your skin with a generous dollop of moisturizing sunscreen, and shield your face with a cute hat. Pack a comfy shawl for when the sun goes down.


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