Fun Holiday Ideas, Recipes and Activities With a Beachy Twist

Fun Holiday Ideas, Recipes and Activities With a Beachy Twist

Do you love everything "beach"? 

If so, you are gonna love this blog. Today we will give you some great ideas for bringing the beach to your holiday celebration. It's easy to sprinkle elements of your favorite place throughout your home, and it's especially easy around the holidays. A starfish here, a seashell there... suddenly you feel all warm and cozy, inspired by the beauty of the beach! 

Don't forget that if you need some real-life inspiration, Island Real Estate can help you plan a Topsail Island vacation any time of the year. We are here! 

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Sugar Cookies | Island Real Estate

Seashell Sugar Cookies

These cookies look tricky to make but they are actually quite simple. Just make sure you have some cool cookie cutters in your preferred shapes. Here is a cute set you could try! 

If you haven't worked with Royal Icing before, you are in for a treat. It's so fun and satisfying to create beautiful cookies with this simple mixture of sugar and meringue powder. Add some food coloring if you want a colorful batch of seashell cookies, or just use various glitters and sprinkles. 

Get the recipe here

Coastal Tablescape | Island Real Estate

Seashore Tablescape

The right combination of rustic fabrics (try burlap or linen), evergreen sprigs and a selection of your coastal finds can make you feel like you are enjoying your holiday meal just a few feet from the sea. Feel free to buy your seashells if you don't have table-worthy specimens on hand. 

We also love big, white water pitchers, flowers in light blue mason jars and starfish. Lots of starfish! 

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Coastal Wreath | Island Real Estate

Coastal Wreath

We just LOVE this simple, classic take on a holiday wreath. But honestly, it's not just for the holidays. This one would look great on the door all year round. 

Created by Morgan Faulkner from, the construction is fairly straightforward. Braid jute rope, glue on your favorite beachy touches, and you're done! 

Get the list of materials and instructions here

Get more beach craft ideas in our blog: 

Easy Beach Inspired Crafts That Are Sure to Impress!

Beach Elf on the Shelf | Island Real Estate

Send your Elf on the Shelf to the beach

Even elves need a vacation, right? Dump some brown sugar on the counter, lay out a few "towels" and give your elves a vacation they will never forget! The kids will really crack up at this one. 

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Scallop Ornament | Island Real Estate

Scallop Snowmen

Need a cute, quick craft for your Christmas cuties? We love this great idea - paint simple scallop shells like smiling snowmen. 

Rather just buy these ornaments? We get it, you aren't always feeling crafty. Here is a link to the DesignsbyHeidiB Etsy shop. 

Etsy is SO full of amazing ideas and handmade items. Just type in whatever words come to mind and we bet it's on there. 

We hope you liked these cute and simple ideas for bringing the beauty of the beach to your holiday celebration. Winter is actually a great time to visit Topsail Island, so if you are thinking about a winter vacation, please give our team a call at (910) 328-2323 or start browsing rentals here

Fun Holiday Ideas, Recipes and Activities With a Beachy Twist

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