I remember when I was little, my grandmother always made melon balls out of her watermelons and cantaloupes instead of just cutting them into chunks. Even as a kid it registered for me that she was putting just a BIT more love into her food, and it’s one of my fondest memories of her to this day. So just imagine if she’d made a flippin’ GIANT BEACH BALL COOKIE COVERED IN FRUIT. Or a crab sandwich… literally! This is the stuff that memories are made of… and of course will impress the heck out of any summer party guest, too. : ) Here are 5 great beach party food ideas!

1. “Crabby crabwich” via FamilyFun Magazine – with baby carrot legs, red pepper claws, and black olive eyes. Great for under the sea or pirate parties!

2. Starfish s’mores via Hungry Happenings – made with homemade marshmallows and candy eyes. Cuteness!

3. “Pearly bites” cookies via Spoonful – super sweet for a girlie beach party! The pearl inside is a yogurt-covered raisin or peanut.

4. Giant beach ball sugar cookie via Hungry Happenings – Pillsbury cookie dough, pre-made cheesecake filling, lemon curd, and whipped topping are all hiding under that yummy fruit.

5. Watermelon beach bucket via the National Watermelon Promotion Board – so clever and (maybe) not even so hard to make! The crabs and other critters are cut out with beach theme cookie cutters.

Chickabug Under the Sea theme paper and printables

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Or, check out more Under the Sea theme party ideas on Pinterest or here on my blog!


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  1. 1
    Thursday, July 21st, 2011 at 7:31 pm
    Beth @ Hungry Happenings says:
    Hi Heather, 

    Thanks so much for posting links to two recipes on the Hungry Happenings blog.  I'm thrilled you liked my ideas.  I absolutely love the "Pearly Bites" and the watermelon beach bucket and am happy to have my ideas in their company.
  2. 2
    Friday, July 22nd, 2011 at 10:11 am
    Karen says:
    Those are great.  Thanks.
  3. 3
    Saturday, July 23rd, 2011 at 1:13 pm
    Leslie says:
    These are fantastic!  I think I could even make those "pearly bites"!
  4. 4
    Monday, July 25th, 2011 at 3:18 am
    Emily Peak says:
    I think I will definitely have to try those starfish cookies!! Yum, s'mores!!
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    Monday, March 26th, 2012 at 1:32 am
    Stacy says:
    These are adorable! We go to the beach every summer, I can't wait to make these fun treats for the family!
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    Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 at 4:57 pm
    Pamela Yoder says:
    I love the beach party ideas. I would love to see more. I am planning a beach themed part next month for a 14 year old and I am definitely making the cookies. Cute and simple idea. Thank you.
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      Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 at 7:04 pm
      Heather says:
      Thanks Pamela! I hope the cookies are a hit! I'll keep the ideas coming, promise ; )
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    Friday, July 6th, 2012 at 8:15 am
    Pam says:
    What fun ideas! I really have to pin on pinterest. Thank you :)
    • 7.1
      Friday, July 6th, 2012 at 3:09 pm
      Heather says:
      Please do! : ) Seriously, what did we ever do without Pinterest?!
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    Friday, June 14th, 2013 at 12:45 pm
    Kimvy says:
    What great ideas! Thanks for sharing! :)
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    Sunday, April 27th, 2014 at 3:40 pm
    Christina says:
    I love this website! I plan on having a party sometime in August but I'm already so excited that I started planning already! But for the Pearly Bites cookies, the website is incorrect. You need to add 'www.' after http
    • 9.1
      Sunday, April 27th, 2014 at 5:55 pm
      Heather says:
      That's so odd, it works for me! But I'll add it since it seems it may not work for everyone. Thanks!
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    Monday, June 11th, 2018 at 2:17 pm
    Deb McCaffery says:
    Where did you find the crab cookie cutters used in the display? I've bought two on Amazon, but neither one work. Just looking for advice.
    • 10.1
      Tuesday, June 12th, 2018 at 9:22 am
      Heather says:
      Hi Deb! I didn't make the crab cutouts, it's a picture from the Watermelon Board.