Beach balls are large, soft plastic, inflatable balls invented in California around 1938 and usually credited to Jonathan DeLonge. Beach balls are made in a wide variety of sizes. Because they are so light weight even when fully inflated, they are easy to bat around between individuals with little to no effort making them the perfect accessory to a lazy day at the beach. The balls are currently made in many different sizes, the most popular range from approximately 6 inches up to four feet.
Beach balls all have similar construction. There are two circular panels (one of which generally holds the inflation valve) that are used to secure the bulging rectangles that compose the sides. Colors are endless, and many have logos and bright patterns on them.
Beach balls had a big resurgence in popularity resulting from Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon’s string of beach movies in the 1960s. Now, beach balls are often seen at the beach, pool side, graduation ceremonies, rock concerts and any other place where there is a gathering of folks ready to have a good time.
Beach balls are the perfect accessories to any party regardless of the age of the party guests. Beach balls are perfect for use at parties for children because they are available in all colors, styles and even come with characters stamped on them. Beach balls are light, have no sharp edges and as such do not pose much of a risk of children hurting themselves or others by knocking them around. As for adult parties, there does not need to be any particular reason, color scheme or theme represented to those a random beach ball into a room of guests. However doing so will almost always lead to laughs and more mischief – to sure signs that a party is a huge success.