Every year for Thanksgiving we go to Fort Myers Beach, Florida. We have been doing it since I was a child. It is an extended family vacation on the beach – about 24 of us attend. The only year we have missed it is the year Eliana was born. Since then we have celebrated her 1st and 2nd birthdays on the beach.
The invitation family members received prior to leaving on vacation:
All family members are invited and all family members participate – it is fabulous to watch grown adults teenagers and older children act like young children at a 2 year old birthday party!
Eliana is very much into princesses and dress-up – so we combined the beach with her love of princesses for a beach birthday princess party. She wore the hat above along with her bathing suit and a tutu!
Game #1: Jumping —
All family members were split into two big groups. They then had to compete to build a sandcastle by frog JUMPING over one another around to go get sand that was placed in a bucket and then bring the sand back to their team to build the sandcastle. Notice that everyone is carrying a shovel while frog jumping to obtain their sand and carry back to their team.
The family members were split up into two teams again. Every participant was given a mini beach ball. They had to take turns blowing up their beach ball and throwing it into the laundry basket. Once one team member was done, the next would blow up their ball and begin trying to get it in the basket.