Surf’s Up by Bloom Designs. I am a sucker for preppy plaid, paired with surfboards…yes, please! Jenny from Bloom Designs always styles the most amazing parties for her kiddos! I was thrilled when she shared this “swell” party with me!
I styled this party last year for my son’s birthday and I am still totally in love with it:) The inspiration for this preppy surf party came from his plaid Gap swim trunks. (you can find inspiration anywhere!) The crisp navy, orange and light blue color scheme and preppy prints are carried throughout the party in printables, food and decor.
The complete printable package including invitations, banners, tags, labels and more are available in my Etsy shop.
The dessert table was filled with beach inspired desserts including Ocean Water Jello Cups, Snow Cone Cupcakes, The orange candy on this table included beach balls salt water taffy and The Wedge sugared orange slices- a nod to our annual vacation in Newport Beach. A custom Luke’s Surf Board Rental Company Sign with his birth year hung behind the table.
Cool cupcake toppers by Roni’s Sugar Creations matched the invitation perfectly.
A simple buttercream cake from a local bakery was decorated with brown sugar “sand”, a plaid 8 for the birthday boy and the sweetest little crab by Edible Details.
A huge 36 inch balloon with coordinating tassel welcomed the boys to The Crab Shack. The boys treated themselves to lots of fun snack food including sand bars, surf soda, blueberry cups, fish, pearls, sea glass and vanilla cupcake with adorable fondant toppers by Roni’s Sugar Creations.
Guest were invited to dive into shred, curls, long boards, and shells after reading Luke’s “surf report.” I love this keepsake of Luke’s favorite thing as at this age and it makes a great backdrop for the serving table. Drinks included orange Gatorade and surfs up dude drink bottles for the boys while adults sipped a signature cocktail, “The Smashed Surfer.”
The boys’ dinners were prepackages in takeout boxes with the tag “Dive In” on top. The boxes were set on crab placemats poolside. Centerpiece were simple jars of gold fish with party symbols cut on my Cricut.
Luke’s smash cake this year was an ombre blue cake with his name on the top. I used my Cricut to cut this out also. The smash cake is a tradition we started and is something my kids look forward to each year. I am so proud of how this turned out since I am so far from being a baker.
Party favors included sea foam cotton candy and a beach ball with coordinating tags thanking guest for the swell time. Needless to say, everyone had a ball!
Party Concept and Styling- Bloom Designs
Photography- Andy Kitchen Photography
Cake pops- Cake Poppin
Fondant crab- Edible Details
Cupcake toppers- Roni’s Sugar Creations
Surf board cookies- Bambella Cookies
Orange Gum Balls and Light Blue Pearl Sixlets- Sweetworks
Swim Trunks- Gap Kids