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A Sensational Surfing Party

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Get ready to catch a wave of inspiration ideas at this wonderfully themed boy’s surfing party by Sara of The Homespun Hostess, with photos taken by Maggie Russo Photo. Planned for Sara’s son Andrew, this 7th birthday party features a color palette of summer bright shades of orange and blue from the dessert table all the way to party favors.  Sara recruited her sister of Little Miss Sweet Tooth to make tubular treats guests were sure to love.

Boys Surfing Themed Birthday Party


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I love Sara’s approach to the surfing party theme.  She reused and repurposed many items from around her home and shopped smart to pick up things needed to pull together a coordinated party.

Boys Surfing Themed Birthday Party

First, let’s talk about the sensational dessert table.  Sara used fabric to make a striped backdrop, which she carried to her table as a runner. The color of her walls already coordinated with the party theme—bonus! A simple paper flag bunting was strung across the backdrop, and orange paper lanterns were placed on the tabletop for colorful whimsy. A wooden beach directional sign completed the decor.

Boys Surfing Birthday Party Cookies

Sara chose to focus her efforts on rounding up popular party staples—birthday cake, cupcakes, shark infested Jell-O and cookies!  OK, the shark infested Jell-O might not be a party staple, but every surfing party needs some sharks! Notice the little “caution sharks” flags in each Jell-O cup—cute!

Boys Surfing Themed Birthday party Cupcakes

Now these weren’t just any ordinary desserts.  Each was detailed and coordinated with the party theme.  The cake was a masterpiece with blue ombre layers, covered in white buttercream and accented on the circumference with surfboard cookies.  I love how it’s displayed on a bed of edible brown sugar “sand”. 

Boys Surfing Birthday Party Cupcake Ideas

Likewise, “catch a wave” cookies and surfboard cookies couldn’t have been cuter!  The wave cookies were displayed on a tray with striped orange and white patterned paper, while the surfboards were propped up in more brown sugar sand. 

Cupcakes were dressed with “surfs up” party flags on toothpicks.  They were served in striped baking cups on top of a cork surfboard Sara picked up inexpensively at a local store.

Boys Surfing Themed Birthday Party Drink Ideas

Because surfers need more than just sugar to hang ten, Sara planned a cookout with food served in retro style blue baskets from “Andrew’s Beach Grill”.  I love the mini cups of fruit and coleslaw with custom “Andrew’s Beach Grill” food picks.  And don’t you think the water and soda bottles coordinate well with their matching labels?

My favorite detail has to be the awesome punch bowl complete with shark fin ice cubes!

Boys Surfing Themed Birthday Party Drinks and Favors

A party favor station was set up on a shelf Sara repurposed from her home. “Andrew’s Surf Shack” had so many fun goodies for guests.  From the dollar store Sara picked up sunscreen, sunshine cookie sticks (with custom labels) and sunglasses.  After-Easter shopping turned up perfectly coordinating lollipops! Bubbles with custom labels were also a hit, as was the orange candy that Sara displayed in a candy jar.  She had $4 beach towels embroidered with the kids’ names as a final surprise!

No party planning wipeouts at this surfing party!  What a way to celebrate a 7th birthday!

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Jennifer Carver

As the mother of 4 children, 3 of whom are busy boys, much of Jen's free time is spent at the ball field, brushing up on video game terminology and building Lego towers. Jen is the owner and creative mind behind Banner Events. With a passion for event planning & party styling and an obsession with the little details that take an event from ordinary to extraordinary, Jen wakes up every morning excited to get to work.