22 Jul

A few weeks ago we celebrated my husband’s 40th birthday with a grand bash on the beach.. vintage surf style. My mister loves the ocean and California surf culture so this seemed like the perfect theme. So many of our local and far-away friends and family came out to celebrate. We ate tacos, flied kites, played games and lazed around in the sun. A most wonderful day!

I enlisted the help of Aaron Hartselle to bring the surf concept to life, and that he did! Take a peek below at all the fun details, as shown through the lens of Laura Goldenberger

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Aaron’s take on the party design:

It can be a challenge to create a cohesive visual experience on the beach, where things can easily get lost amongst a sea of beachgoers, so I grounded the design with a large canopy structure. My inspiration for the décor came from the rustic feel of Tulum’s beaches and the bohemian details of Montauk’s surf cottages. I integrated tropical details, such as fruit on the aqua fresca bar, palapa umbrellas over the lounge areas, and rattan furniture.

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Tim’s brother John is an amazing illustrator, so I had him draw up the lettering for the invitation and I put it all together. I think it turned out pretty cute, aye?

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Pow Wow supplied all of the furniture rentals.. wicker furniture, poufs, crates, and pillows for lounging. It all made for a super relaxing and bohemian vibe. We felt like we had been transported to an island in Hawaii!

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

The man of the hour…I love him so.

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

It isn’t a tropical party without juice bar, complete with pineapple and watermelon agua frescas made by Heirloom LA. Those little cups you see above? Artisanal jello shots in flavors of Island Daiquiri, Pina Colada and Watermelon Tangerita to whet our whistle. Mmmm.

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

How ’bout these cute coconut and tiki cups?

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

The food.. oh my the food. Heirloom LA cooked up a rather amazing taco bar complete with all the fixin’s. Carne asada, achiote chicken, cauliflower caponata, fresh shrimp ceviche, roasted corn, and the best beans and chips I’ve ever had. We’re still dreaming about that meal.

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

My friend Kristina sells gourmet popsicles and brought some along in flavors of horchata, cucumber margarita and strawberry. Boy were they good!

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Loved having littles at the party.

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Cornhole is such a popular game in our group, so Beach Cities Bag Toss made this awesome custom game for our party. You send them artwork and they put it on their boards. It was a big hit!

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Quality summer time with good friends and family.. that’s what it’s all about.

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Mini serapes were rolled up as parting gifts for our guests. I purchased these cuties on Olvera Street in LA.

Surf themed 40th birthday party | Photo by Laura Goldenberger | 100 Layer Cake

Happy birthday, my love!!

xoxo, Amanda

Planning and design: Aaron Hartselle Creative | Photography: Laura Goldenberger | Rentals: Pow Wow Vintage Rentals | Catering: Heirloom LA | Custom cornhole game: Beach Cities Bag Toss | Invite lettering: John Dawbarn | Invite printing: Printup Graphics | Surfboard rentals: Greg Ainsley

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Comments

  1. Loving the whole setup especially the tiki cups! Happy birthday to Tim!

  2. This looks like the best beach party ever. Great photos!

  3. Hey Amanda! I am looking to get in contact with this Greg guy to rent some surfboards for a client’s wedding- I have been internet stalking but can’t find his info anywhere?! Can you help?
    Thanks!

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