This summer has been crazy in the Lasha household. With a cross country move and the upcoming first anniversary of Mimi’s Dollhouse, I have been in a constant state of trying to catch up. So while I have been scrambling to plan the perfect party for my precocious little three year old, she has had a constant stream of birthday ideas. For weeks she has been telling strangers about her beach party. She has even invited a few of them to come. The inspiration for this party originally stems from my daughter’s small stature. When she was born, she was just a tiny little thing and stayed under the growth chart for the first two years of her life (we are proudly sitting in the 10% percentile now). I have affectionately called her my Gidget since birth. So when you have a little Gidget…a 1960s vintage surfer girl party, well that just comes with the territory.
In designing this party, I really wanted to play on the colors of the sand and surf and sunset, I drew a great deal of inspiration from the movie poster for the old Surfer Movie, The Endless Summer. (You can see that poster here). I combined silhouettes of sandcastles, crabs and surfer girls with the polka dots and stripes in bright retro shades to create a throwback beach party. I even found these adorable vintage cut swimsuits with matching swim caps for the girls:)
Here are some pictures of the party: I wanted the table to feel like you were looking out over the ocean. I found this awesome ruffled fabric for the waves and designed the backdrop to match the sun design from the invitation. Then made palm trees to frame the table. Palm Tree Tutorial coming soon… One of my favorite treats for this party were the Peanut Butter and Honey Starfish Sandwiches. I will post a tutorial next week on how to make these super easy super yummy little treats. Surfboard cupcake toppers and yummy cupcakes by Retro Bakery. Crab cake pops…these adorable and super yummy cake pops were made by Autumn Lynn’s Sins… I had this sandcastle cake made to fit the sand section of my beach table. Star fish and Crab cookies… The birthday girl enjoying her cupcake… For party favors, I got beach buckets, flip flops, goggles, beach balls, and paired them with hand sown beach towel ponchos. I found the idea for these ponchos on Make it-Love it . Here are my little girls enjoying the food from the “Surf Shack”. We served Hamburgers, Hotdogs, Waffle Fries, and “Crab” (Crab shaped Watermelon). One last shot of the birthday girl:) The party was a success and Aubrey is already talking about what she wants to do next year!!! These Printable Vintage Beach Party Decorations are available for purchase in my shop.
I also want to give a special thank you to my amazing photographer, Rachel Khachikian!!
Vendor Credits:Styling and party printables: Mimi’s Dollhouse Surfboard sugar cookies: Sunshine Bakes Crabs and starfish sugar cookies: Sugar Me Desserterie Sandcastle cake and cupcakes: Retro Bakery Crab cake pops: Autumn Lynn’s Chocolate Sins