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Monday, August 27, 2012

How to Plan a Surf Party

Birthday parties are big deal around here! I love to put together a fun themed party with all the bells and whistles...but I usually don't have a lot of time or want to spend a lot of money. This year we decided on a Surf Party for Grant complete with a fun inflatable water slide and fish tacos {aka surfer food}.
 The first thing I nailed down for Grant's Surf Party was this inflatable water slide! We got a great price from some people that go to my parent's church...and even though it cost a little more than what I would normally spend on a birthday party, it was worth it to have this fun slide at our house ALL weekend long. {And yes, Jason and I tested it out with the boys a few times Saturday morning before the party!} If you didn't want to spend as much on a rental, you could always do a couple of slip n slides, sprinklers, and kiddies pools!
 To decorate, I picked up a couple grass table skirts and some cute wave scrapbook paper. The table skirt came from Hobby Lobby and with my 40% off coupon it only cost $6! I spend about $5 and a little over an hour with my Silhouette to make the cute Surf's Up banner that I hung on the boys' skimboards.
 We has some yummy surf themed food:
delicious fish tacos {I just baked up a couple of boxes of frozen fish sticks and served them with flour tortillas, lettuce, tomato, cheese, and couple different sauces},
starfish sandwiches {PB&J cut out with a star shaped cutter}, 
pretzel goldfish {served in cute blue and white party cups},
 fruit kabobs,
wavy chips,
and gummy sharks!
 We also had a snow cone station under the Airstream awning complete with a grass skirt and a couple of surfboards! 
Plus a yummy cake with a surfboard and palm tree:)
 All the kiddos wore their swimsuits and I picked up this cute swimshirt for Grant to wear mostly because it said "Hawaiian Surf Legend"...and because I got it on clearance at Target for less than $5!
{Silly boy was tired of saying cheese I think:)}
 We sang Happy Birthday and he blew out the candles...
 ...then opened a bunch of presents:)
 The party went on for a couple of hours...it was hard to drag the kiddos away from that fun inflatable water slide. But when they did finally head home, they all took a cute box of Swedish fish with them as a party favor!
And that is how you plan a surf party!
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Laurie @ Stylin Savanna said...

You are AWESOME!!! Looks like SO much fun:)

staci @ lizard n ladybug said...

What a fun party!!

Love the fish favors :)

Unknown said...

What a great party! Did you make the actual surfboards or buy them? They really made the party.

Jill@Barnes Yard said...

Awesome theme! Wavy chips...genius!

Kmama said...

What fun! That's definitely a birthday to remember.

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

What an adorable party!! Love the fun theme, Kelli. You did a great job!

Angie said...

I love it Kelli! Everything looks so fun! Water slides are the BEST!

Anonymous said...

Kelli you are absolutely the coolest mom ever. Everything turned out perfect!!

Richella Parham said...

Kelli! How many times will I say it? You are such a great mom!

This looks like one of the most fun birthday parties I've ever seen. Special props to you for using the AirStream awning! That was a stroke of brilliance!

My Fancy Pants said...

I love this idea for boys...I have 3 so this may come in handy..my husband always says I over do it..but its ok...my babies deserve a special day!!

Thanks for the ideas..I have two birthdays coming up

Lexie Loo, Lily, Liam & Dylan Too said...

Everything turned out so cute!

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