We were saddened yesterday with the news that Annette Funicello had passed away. The famous Mouseketeer grew up to be the teen queen of the beach party movies of the '60s like Beach Party, Bikini Beach, and Beach Blanket Bingo. The series of films were inspired by the 1959 film Gidget about a young surfer girl, which had several sequels and was adapted into the '60s TV show starring Sally Field.
These swingin' '60s films and shows featured lots of bikinis, beach locales, musical numbers, and girlie retro style — so we couldn't think of a better bridal shower theme than one inspired by the beach party trend of the era. Think Tiki bars, pool lounging, and Mad Men-esque attire. Check out retro beach inspiration for your bridal shower, bachelorette party, or just Summer soiree now!