Beach Balls: Facts and Trivia for Fun Summer Beach and Pool Parties


Beach balls are large soft plastic inflatable balls invented in California around 1938 and generally credited to Jonathan DeLonge. Beach balls are made in a wide variety of sizes. Because they’re so lightweight even when fully inflated, they’re easy to move between people with little to no effort, making them the perfect accessory for a lazy day at the beach. Balls are now made in many different sizes, the most popular ranging from about 6 inches to four feet.

All beach balls have a similar construction. There are two circular panels (one of which usually holds the inflation valve) used to secure the bulging rectangles that make up the sides. The colors are endless and many have bright logos and patterns.

Beach balls had a huge resurgence in popularity as a result of Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon’s series of beach movies in the 1960s. Beach balls are now often seen on the beach, poolside, graduation ceremonies, rock concerts and any other place where there is a gathering of people ready to have a good time.

Beach balls are the perfect accessories for any party, regardless of the age of your party guests. Beach balls are perfect for children’s parties because they come in all colors, styles, and even have characters printed on them. Beach balls are lightweight, have no sharp edges, and as such do not pose a great risk of children injuring themselves or others by hitting them. As far as adult parties go, there doesn’t need to be any particular motif, color scheme, or theme represented for those who have a random beach ball in a guest room. However, doing so will almost always lead to laughter and more mischief, sure signs that a party is a great success.

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