Surfs up, dude! Jenny Raulli of Bloom Designs took a cue from the summer season and brought out the beachy vibes for her son Luke’s 8th birthday. Inspired by plaid swim trunks and featuring cool surf boards and cute crab silhouettes, this Preppy Surf Party is catching major creative waves!
Check out the impressive long board cookies, cleverly named/packaged eats and treats, and more rad party ideas… including the Big Kahuna’s “Smashed Surfer” drink for the grown-up guests to enjoy!
PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:
- “Curl” fries, “buoy” cheese balls and “shark fin” nacho chips
- Great white shark gummies, “pearl” sixlets, “sea glass” rock candy & stacked orange sprinkle donuts
- Crab cake pops, “beach ball” gumballs & “snow cone” cupcakes
- Surfboard invitation, orange crab drink flags and plaid food labels
- Ombre blue cake and white cake with brown sugar “sand” base and plaid “8” topper
- “Raulli’s Crab Shack” sign + Luke’s “surf report” sign
PARTY DETAILS, as told by Jenny…
The inspiration for this preppy surf party came from my son’s plaid swim trunks. The crisp navy, orange and light blue color scheme and preppy prints are carried throughout the party in printables, food and decor. The boys loved playing with the bright blue and orange beach balls that covered the yard and pool area.
Guest were invited to dive into shred, curls, long boards, and shells after reading
Luke’s “surf report.” Drinks included orange Gatorade and surfs up dude drink bottles for the boys while adults sipped a signature cocktail, The Smashed Surfer.” The boys dinners were prepackages in takeout boxes and set on crab placemats.
A huge 36 inch balloon with coordinating tassel welcomed the boys to The Crab Shack. The boys treated themselves to lots of fun snack food including sand bars, surf soda, blueberry cups, fish, pearls, sea glass and vanilla cupcake with adorable fondant toppers by Roni’s Sugar Creations.
The dessert table was filled with beach inspired desserts including Ocean Water Jello Cups, Snow Cone Cupcakes, amazing long board sugar cookies which matched the invitation by Bambella Cookies and the most incredible crab cake pops with by Cake Poppin. A simple buttercream cake from a local bakery was decorated with brown sugar “sand”, a plaid 8 for the birthday boy and the sweetest little crab by Edible Details. The orange candy on this table included beach balls salt water taffy and The Wedge sugared orange slices- a nod to our annual vacation in Newport Beach. A custom Luke’s Surf Board Rental Company Sign with his birth year hung behind the table.
Party favors included sea foam cotton candy and a beach ball with coordinating tags thanking guest for the swell time. Everyone had a ball!
The complete printable package including invitations, banners, tags, labels and more are available in my Etsy shop.