With a June Birthday and a pool I had no choice but to throw my little boy a Surf’s Up Pool Party. My inspiration was a retro beach shack, with lots of surf boards in various shades of blue, aqua, green, yellow and orange. One party day we had 8 families come to swim and celebrate.
What People Ate
Grandpa manned the grill and made grilled hamburgers (Braxton's Beach Burgers) and hotdogs (Hang Ten Hotdogs) and chicken strips (Surf's Up Strips). We rounded out the menu with Catch a Wave chip & dip, Seaweed Salad (tossed green salad) and Rip Curl fruit kabobs.
What People Drank
Nothing better then Fun in the Sun Tea and Mello Yellow Lemonade on a summer day! We also had an ice chest below for the ice and Gatorade. Beer was around the corner for those who would like to enjoy a cold one. Each place setting also had a custom labeled H2O bottle of water. Next to the beverage table was the Snow Cone Station. Boy was this a BIG hit! Good thing I over 2 dozen molds. Each mold will give you 2 small cones, or for the older kids and us adults 1 LARGE cone.
The main cake was made by Yuma Couture Cakes. We picked chocolate with buttercream filling for the bottom layer and carrot cake with cream cheese filling for the top. The airbrushed ones were done by Goldsboro Bakery here in Yuma. My brother’s are identical twins and it was their birthday as well. One is a fireman and the other a policeman, thus the surfin’ dudes hangin’ 10 on the airbrushed cakes.
Each child guest had beach bucket with a painted surfboard with their name, sun screen lotion, beach ball, sunglasses, and other miscellaneous treats.
Activities / Games
Other than the pool filled with beach balls and swim noodles, we also had a water ballon station, a small kiddie pool and our "car wash station". On the porch on the way in was a photo booth area. We made the frame for the photo booth stand out of PVC. The photo vinyl was bought at Party City and after taping it to the PVC on top, we secured it with a noodle. For the bottom we used a wooden dowel, added the noodle and that kept it weighed down yet movable.
What Surf’s Up Party wouldn't be complete with surf boards? Of course it would have been awesome to use all real surfboards everywhere, but we had some big boxes from our business that worked out great. Ok, so they weren't the perfect shape but we were able to make different sizes and use them in a number of ways. Plus the bigger kids got to help paint them.
We used a shade structure by Pacific Suntents for the beach or park and turned it into a Food Shack. We added some old weathered rattan fencing using some thin gauge wire. A skirt around the table, a chalk board for the menu, adding some tropical plants and the food area was complete. The tent worked great to protect our food and it fit perfectly on the table. The tabs that would be used to stake it down worked great to secure it in place so that any wind we might have wouldn't make it fly away.