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Retro Surfer Birthday Party Ideas

This fabulous Retro Surfer Birthday Party sent in by Kate from Australia-based I Love Parties is full of so many creative details!

As a SoCal girl myself, the surfing/beach theme immediately caught my eye… but who wouldn’t appreciate ultra-clever ideas like surfboard-shaped sandwiches, “Shark” and “Sand” cupcakes, retro tin Kombi vans, homemade wooden surf signs and “Coconut Bowling”?! Such a perfect theme for summer parties too…

Retro Surfer Birthday Party Ideas

Retro Surfer Birthday Party Ideas

Read on for LOTS more pics and all the fun details, as told by Kate

Retro Surfer Birthday Party Ideas

“We recently held our much anticipated I LOVE PARTIES RETRO SURF 2ND BIRTHDAY PARTY, and I am pleased to say it was a very big success! Beautiful weather and lots of fun. {Photos are from the wonderful Jill at Shutterbubs.com.}

Retro Surfer Birthday Party Ideas

Retro Surfer Birthday Party Ideas

For the guest favors, we set up a table where everyone could fill their own gift bag with surf and beach-themed accessories.

Retro Surfer Birthday Party Ideas

The accessories included cool black shades, custom coloring books (available from I Love Parties) with crayons, surf tattoos, “Surf Screen” (with custom labels) – and personalized surf wax from Cakes Around Town. We also set out hibiscus lollipops, pineapples jellies, bananas, and Bounty coconut chocolate bars.

Retro Surfer Birthday Party Ideas

Retro Surfer Birthday Party Ideas

Tall glass vases were filled with blue jelly beans, gummy milk bottles, and large faux banana leaves, and the homemade banana cake was decorated with an Edible Surfboard Decoration purchased from Cakes Around Town.

Retro Surfer Birthday Party Ideas

I also framed some pictures of the Birthday boy Photoshopped onto old surf magazine covers and displayed them alongside his surf trophies.

Retro Surfer Birthday Party Ideas

Handmade Retro Surf Favor Bags from I Love Parties:

Retro Surfer Birthday Party Ideas

The cookies and cupcakes were created by the AMAZING Libby at Polka Dot Cookies. There were “Shark” and “Sand” designs, and I decorated the “Sand” cupcakes with handmade “No Surfcraft” signs and blue flags.

Retro Surfer Birthday Party Ideas

The fabulous sugar cookies were designed to look like colorful surfboards and waves!

Retro Surfer Birthday Party Ideas

Cool Kombi vans (available from I Love Parties) were the perfect decorative accent for the table!

Retro Surfer Birthday Party Ideas

I used surfboard-shaped cookie cutters to cut “surfboard sandwiches” and decorated them with homemade flags. We also served jelly oranges, fruit skewers, mini hamburgers, chicken and pineapple skewers, potato salad and mini hot dogs.

retro surf party ideas

Retro Surfer Birthday Party Ideas

I was so in love with the honeycomb pineapple decorations – they were huge and looked fantastic!

The Sunset Bar
Drinks were given fun, themed names and included jugs of lime cordial (“Green Room Juice”), pineapple juice (“Mellow Yellow”), orange juice (“Sunny Delight”) and blue powerade (“Blue Hawaii”). The hula girl straws were a big hit!

Retro Surfer Birthday Party Ideas

Retro Surfer Birthday Party Ideas

Custom surf shack signs were made from fence paling and paint:

Retro Surfer Birthday Party Ideas

Retro Surfer Birthday Party Ideas


Fish Out of Water
For this activity, we cut fish shapes from colored cardboard and attached each one to a large paper clip. A magnet (available at most hardware stores) was attached to a broom handle with a string to create the “fishing rod” for the cardboard fish.

Retro Surfer Birthday Party Ideas

Coconut Bowling
This was VERY cute! I bought two real coconuts and made “palm tree” bowling pins using colored card stock attached to empty juice bottles. I recommend playing this one on the grass because the coconuts can crack on a hard surface.”

Retro Surfer Birthday Party Ideas


Thanks again to Kate for the fabulous party inspiration!

By |2018-10-01T04:57:15-07:00June 4th, 2010|Parties for Boys|

About the Author:

Jennifer Sbranti is the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, a creative living and party planning resource established in 2006. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Sonny, and daughters Macy (9) and Rylie (7). Sbranti’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple, People, InStyle Weddings, and Extra! TV. She has designed creative content and unique live events for several well-respected brands, including Mattel, Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Toys”R”Us, Pottery Barn Kids, and Starbucks.


  1. elle sees June 4, 2010 at 5:29 am

    I absolutely LOVE this!!
    I want this party for myself.

  2. Melisa, Project Nursery June 4, 2010 at 7:09 am

    This is so clever! I love all the smart details. But tell me more about those jelly oranges – never heard of that before!? :)

  3. Cassandra June 4, 2010 at 7:26 am

    Far Out!! What a great theme! The details are amazing. You obviously put a lot into this party! I would have loved to have been there!

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  5. Stacey June 4, 2010 at 8:48 am

    so many fun details! I especially love the jelly oranges!

  6. Sabrina June 4, 2010 at 8:59 am

    Cutest party ever. Everything looks amazing.

  7. noel culbertson June 4, 2010 at 9:08 am

    this is darling! what a great idea!

  8. Missus Lisa June 4, 2010 at 9:21 am

    Amazing! I love all the details. I definitely want to borrow some ideas for my future parties.

  9. Jen Gentry June 4, 2010 at 9:34 am

    Oh my gosh!! So so cute :) The whole looks amazing, and I bet it was so much fun!

  10. Sandra June 4, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Wow loved everything..how do you make those jelly oranges? They looked yummy!

  11. Anne June 4, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Coconut bowling is such a cute idea! Love the surfboard sandwiches…so clever!

  12. Anetra June 4, 2010 at 10:19 am

    I had the same question on the Jelly Oranges. Neat!

    Great Party!!

  13. Judith June 4, 2010 at 10:24 am

    This party looks so much fun!! You did an amazing job!!!

  14. Sharon - Cupcakes and Cutlery June 4, 2010 at 10:34 am

    wow! that is amazing. cute without being over the top cutesy. i want her to be my mom. :)


  15. Heather June 4, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Wow! Just wow! So much love went into these details. Totally wicked party, dude!


  16. Cindy June 4, 2010 at 10:45 am

    How fun!
    We need some sunshine here for sure.
    This would do the trick!

  17. Melissa June 4, 2010 at 10:50 am

    I love this! Every detail was not overlooked! What a great theme.

    Regarding the jelly oranges:
    Cut an orange in half, take out the pulp, leaving the peel. Fill with Jello and refrigerate. When set, cut them in half (to get quarter oranges).


  18. ochottie June 4, 2010 at 11:15 am

    there amazing idea to work with

  19. Kim - The TomKat Studio June 4, 2010 at 11:39 am

    LOVE it!

  20. ghost chair June 4, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    looks like an incredible party! brings back fond memories of a Hawaiian luau-themed going away party my parents threw for me when I went off to college. Intricately planned parties with details like this you remember forever!

  21. Flipawoo Design June 4, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    hahaha, coconut bowling! What a fun idea!

  22. adslater June 4, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    so cute..but where can i get the labels for the sunscreen?

  23. Kate June 4, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    Hi all, and thanks so much for your comments! Obviously a big thanks to HWTM too for featuring our party. It was SUCH a fun day so all the planning was very worthwhile. One thing I forgot to mention, make sure you put some old surf music on your stereo – great for atmosphere. As for the jelly oranges, Melissa has kindly supplied the super simple recipe above – just make sure your jelly is reasonably firm. And as for the sunscreen labels, I custom made them and used glue tape to attach them to the bottles. Flick me an email at [email protected] if you are interested. Kate

  24. Chantelle June 4, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    wonderful idea-coconut bowling is a fantastic idea-I can’t wait to try it! we just had a playdoh party for my son’s 2nd bday-the kids favorites were the giant cans of play doh ( I had a pic taken with each child and the huge cans I cooked up that I plan to use as thank yous!-please check it out hwtm!

  25. Katherine June 5, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    this is so amazing and cute! you really are hostess with the mostest. I wish I could be an events planner

  26. Corey June 5, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    I’ve enjoyed reading this blog in my google rss reader, but it stopped updating after May 6th – any ideas why? I even tried deleting and re-adding, same thing. I would like to continue reading it…

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  28. Party Box Design June 6, 2010 at 12:39 pm


  29. Lia June 6, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    I wants THIS for MY birthday!

  30. Entertain Exchange June 6, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Just amazing…I love it!

  31. bed frame June 7, 2010 at 2:33 am

    I love the ideas on the party! The giveaways are so pretty and the decorations are well-done.

  32. Robyn - Scentsy Candles June 7, 2010 at 6:28 am

    What a great theme, I really love that color blue.

  33. Jenn @ HWTM June 7, 2010 at 10:44 am

    Hi Corey –
    I’m not sure why it stopped updating on Google Reader but I’ll have our programmer look into it today. thanks for the heads up! :)

  34. Amy June 7, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    what a hot party!
    so many wonderful details!
    I LOVE LOVE LOVE the shark cupcakes!

  35. Corey June 8, 2010 at 5:54 am

    Hi Jenn, thanks for the response! I didn’t see anywhere else to ask! I love to read these entries, but yah it just stopped. I even checked on the google reader side and all is ok, it seems to be the feeds. Thanks for the help :)

  36. Amusitronix.com June 9, 2010 at 6:35 am

    Another dimension that could be added to theme parties are 3D virtual reality simulators. A surfing simulator would have been great for the Retro surf party!

  37. Tanisha June 9, 2010 at 7:25 am

    I love this party idea btw! The best one I have seen so far! :) Was wondering though what tip did you use for the icing for the shark cupcakes? They are so awesome! :) Thanks!

  38. Hostess rimini June 10, 2010 at 2:15 am

    We would be delighted if you could add your blog to Petitchef so that our users can, as us,
    enjoy your recipes.

  39. Jasmin June 10, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    WOW! So adorable!

  40. Mera Lee June 15, 2010 at 8:40 am

    I would love to know how to make the jelly oranges… will you share???

  41. Nicole June 15, 2010 at 10:48 am

    I’m having the same problem as Corey! Thanks for bringing it up. I haven’t been able to figure out how to fix ther error and I miss HWTM :(

  42. Alicia June 16, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    WOW WOW & 100 more WOWS….this party was AMAZING! My son just requested his 7th b-day party to be a surfer party, so when I came upon this I was BLOWN AWAY! Way COOL, I love it. One question…..the custom surf wax???? Where is that from???? I clicked the link mentioned and never could find anything…HELP, PLEASE. GREAT PARTY!!!!!!!

  43. Hannah June 22, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    This looks like such a fun party! Thanks for the ideas :)

  44. Shannon July 18, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    Your party is perfect! I cant wait until I have a little boy so I can do this theme.
    I am throwing a luau party soon and was wondering where you got the little decorations?
    Hula Girl Straws, Honeycomb Pineapple, and Cocktail Umbrellas?

  45. Amanda Griffith-McCormack July 18, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    I’m having an adult backyard dinner/cocktail party in a few weeks…and I’m doing a cocktail table. I’m thinking of updating the jello shot to the jelly orange. Using jello & a mixer to make into a mini drink flavor. Also might dredge in a little colored sugar to give just a bit more umpff. great ideas.

  46. Tasha September 3, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Thank you for your inspiration! This was one of most original parties I’ve seen in a while. So I used it for my inspiration on a party I threw on a camping trip to a lake! It was a hit! THANK YOU and GREAT WORK! You can see mine here: https://diyingtobedomestic.wordpress.com/2010/09/03/surf-party/

  47. Male Reproductive System November 17, 2010 at 11:09 am

    the party supplies that we buy are cheap and they use earth friendly products too .,-

  48. Kim April 21, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    I love this theme for a summer party. I love the “Aloha Surf Screen.” Where did you get those custom labels made and where did you buy the sunscreen bottles from? Thanks, Kim

  49. Silvia February 12, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    amei surf,parabéns por todos os detalhes.

  50. Nermeen October 23, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    I love the games ideas!!

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