Hang “10” Retro Surf Shack Birthday Party

I was delighted when my friend Elayne asked me to help plan her daughter’s 10th birthday celebration.  She wanted a pool party, but wanted something more “beachy” that reminded her of their time spent living in Australia.  We decided on a surf themed party with a pink, purple and turquoise color scheme.

I was so excited when I found Sprinkled with Paper’s Retro Surf Party collection.  Jessica made a few changes to the package to incorporate the birthday girls color request and added some new items for me, like the custom lifeguard t-shirt design.

The backyard was transformed into a surfers paradise with a cool surf shack for the girls to “Hang 10” and enjoy an evening of swimming and fun.  We transformed the wooden stand, that you’ve may have seen before here and here, into the surf shack with a new sign, hanging paper lanterns and a few surfboards.  I placed the food table next to it and hung a grass table skirt from it to give it a more “beachy” feel.

The table served double duty and the dinner items (hot dogs, chips, and fruit) were placed on the table so the girls could help themselves and then we later moved all of the sweets out and put them on display.

One of Elayne’s very talented friends, Danese of Danese Griffith’s Floral & Cake Design made the cake and cupcakes.  I loved the amazing retro surf van that matched the printables and all of the sweet details she added, like the custom license plate with the birthday girls initials and birth date.  

The birthday girls mom wanted to make sure there were plenty of eyes to watch the girls while they were swimming so she asked several teenagers to act as lifeguards. We made each of them a little “thank you” gift with a custom t-shirt, flip flops, towel, and whistle.

The party guest went home with a basket full of goodies including a beach towel, flip flops they made and candy.

Happy Birthday to a super fun girl, thanks for letting me Hang 10!

Party Styling – Giggles Galore
Photography – Elayne Dunn Photography
Retro Surf Party Printables – Sprinkled with Paper
Cake & Fondant Toppers – Danese Griffith’s Floral & Cake Designs

Mariah Leeson is the creative mind behind www.gigglesgalore.net. With a passion for celebrating, Mariah created Giggles Galore to inspire families to celebrate life’s little moments with creative, budget friendly ideas. She loves cooking, reading, crafting, hosting parties and most of all spending time giggling with her family.


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  1. It's a fabulous party theme and kids learn a lot of things with Hang “10” Retro Surf Shack Birthday Party.
    Kids Party Entertainment in Miami

  2. I love that cake.

  3. Seriously cute! Love that the lifeguards had a cute uniform. Oh, and the cake is fabulous!

  4. Oh, Mariah, it's so cute! I love how it turned out! Great job. =)
    Angie from Marigold Mom

  5. This party is so adorable. Every detail is just so sweet. Your ideas would be great for any summer party.


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