Designer Kathy Whalen turns a tennis club in New Jersey into a Hawaiian beach. Sand-colored silk linen is set with monstera leaves as place mats.
Fruit and flora give a tropical mood at an event by Kathy Whalen.
The landlocked Coast Anaheim Hotel in Anaheim, Calif., creates a "Magaritaville" island party for a corporate event. The hotel's sales team performed their own take on Jimmy Buffet's hit "Margaritaville."
The Coast Anaheim Hotel offers a dessert buffet backed by surfboards; the main meal was the Jimmy Buffet-themed "cheeseburgers in paradise."
The seaside Balboa Bay Club & Resort in Newport Beach, Calif., hosts a clambake on its private beach. Menu options range from New England clambake stalwarts such as steamed clams to new takes such as grilled Norwegian salmon with champagne chive cream.
This elegant wedding--by Coronado Weddings in Coronado, Calif.--creates a "ballroom on the beach," thanks in part to a seashell chandelier and 60-by-60-foot deck on the sand. Photo by Tim Otto Photography.
Messages in a bottle give guests their seat assignments at a beach wedding by Coronado Weddings. Photo by Tim Otto Photography.
Coronado Weddings brings the beach into the ballroom of the stately Hotel del Coronado by turning to elements such as a bamboo archway. Colored intelligent lighting on the walls and ceiling creates the sense of the ocean's waves. Photo by Tim Otto Photography.
Sherman Oaks, Calif.-based Extraordinary Events creates a corporate beach party in Hawaii; low tables let guests dine while keeping their toes in the sand. Photo by Shirley Borchardt.
Extraordinary Events entertains guests by setting beach loungers on the sand--all the better to watch surf flicks. Photo by Shirley Borchardt.
Surf rockers Papa Doo Run Run hit the stage in Hawaii thanks to Extraordinary Events. Photo by Shirley Borchardt.
Tentnology's giant Saddle Span structure provides an elegant setting right on Miami's South Beach sand for a BMW launch for 500 guests.
Tentnology's tents showcase cars on Miami's South Beach.
Los Angeles-based Tom Bercu Presents oversees the 5,500-guest Beach Party event during Miami's Winter Party Festival, right on Miami's South Beach. A forklift stays on-site throughout the four-day event to rescue any vehicles stuck in the sand. Photo by Brett Hufziger.
Tom Bercu Presents keeps the Winter Party going on South Beach by using dual bars. Photo by Brett Hufziger.
The table design "By the Sea" by Designs by CP Ross brings the seaside tableside. Photo by Catch the Moment.
The tabletop "Drift Ashore" by Events by Nouveau Flowers of Niceville, Fla., features an elegant mix of subdued sand tones and sparkle. Photo by Catch the Moment.
Drift Ashore features sea life accents on its driftwood centerpiece. Photo by Catch the Moment.