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Living in Florida doesn't usually mean actually living on the beach..unless you are REALLY rich. So when my 4 and 7 year old birthday girls said they wanted a surfer girl party I had to figure out a way to bring the beach to us. Being a wedding & party planner by trade, I love to go crazy and get crafty, so I made most of the fun myself, but I did find some fabulous vendors to fill in the gaps.

Here's how I threw Riley and Kate's Backyard Beach Bash without the beach.

40 plus tecno-savvy kids ages 2-14 years old flipped out over retro blow-up pools filled with sand and buckets or with water that ended up with more grass shavings than water, hula hoops, beach balls, beach games, a seahorse pinata and limbo lines. There was even a rest area for sleepy or solitary surfers. One of the biggest hits of the party was the photo booth with crazy beach accessories and a new fangled Polaroid camera!

The kids munched on fish food, Sun Chips, and fruit cups. And what party would not be complete without lots of sugar...we had cupcakes with adorable wave cupcake wrappers, surfboard cookies, and an incredible two-tiered surfer girl cake. The kids also had a chance to nibble on some "beach" themed candy, such as beach balls, kick-boards, fishing poles and fish in the sea.

Each child received a small beach bucket filled with goodies as their party favor.

The party was a blast and my girls loved it all! And everyone is talking about it.

Here are the fabulous vendors that helped me create the look:

Invitations/ Gift Tags/ Door Sign: Sprinkled with Paper, www.sprinkledwithpaper.com
Chevron Favor Bags/ Striped Cups/ Paper Straws/Wooden Forks: TomKat Studio, www.thetomkatstudio.com
Cake/Cookies/Cupcakes: Sweet Weddings, www.sweetweddings.com
Wave Cupcake Wrappers: Sweet Paper House, www.etsy.com/shop/sweetpaperhouse
Wooden Scoops: Sucre and Spice, www.etsy.com/shop/sucreshop
Party Favor Beach Bucket: Oriental Trading, www.orientaltrading.com
Linens: Connie Duglin, www.connieduglin.com

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Party Highlights

  • What People Ate

    Fish Food, Fruit Cups, Sun Chips, Beach Candy, Cake and Surfboard Cookies

  • What People Drank

    Ocean Water, Octopus Ice Cubes in Sprite

  • Desserts

    Cake, Cookies and Candy

  • Party Favors

    Beach bucket filled with goodies

  • Activities / Games

    Hula Hoop, Limbo, Beach Ball Toss, Piñata Sand box, wading pool, photo booth, even a resting area for tired surfers.

  • Budget

    Since we were celebrating both girls birthdays, we budgeted $500.

  • Best Moment

    All the kids that said you throw the best parties ;) And the hugs I received. ;)

  • Funniest Moment

    The kids enjoying the photo booth and getting creative with the props.

  • Most Touching Moment

    When my daughters keep thanking me over and over for their party.

  • Best Dressed

    Loved all the cute bathing suits!

  • Riley and Kate's Surfer Girl and Backyard Beach Bash

    Living in Florida doesn't usually mean actually living on the beach..unless you are REALLY rich. So when my 4 and 7 year old birthday girls said they wanted a surfer girl party I had to figure out a way to bring the beach to us. Being a wedding & party planner by trade, I love to go crazy and get crafty, so I made most of the fun myself, but I did find some fabulous vendors to fill in the gaps. Here's how I threw Riley and Kate's Backyard Beach Bash without the beach. 40 plus tecno-savvy kids ages 2-14 years old flipped out over retro blow-up pools filled with sand and buckets or with water that ended up with more grass shavings than water, hula hoops, beach balls, beach games, a seahorse pinata and limbo lines. There was even a rest area for sleepy or solitary surfers. One of the biggest hits of the party was the photo booth with crazy beach accessories and a new fangled Polaroid camera! The kids munched on fish food, Sun Chips, and fruit cups. And what party would not be complete without lots of sugar...we had cupcakes with adorable wave cupcake wrappers, surfboard cookies, and an incredible two-tiered surfer girl cake. The kids also had a chance to nibble on some "beach" themed candy, such as beach balls, kick-boards, fishing poles and fish in the sea. Each child received a small beach bucket filled with goodies as their party favor. The party was a blast and my girls loved it all! And everyone is talking about

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2 comments

  • Antennille G

    Antennille G wrote:

    This was sooooo inspiring Sarah how did you make the back yard signs?

  • Kim S

    Kim S wrote:

    How can I get or print an invitation like this one? Thanks! Kim

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