23 Jul

Summer cocktail recipe ideas  | Photo by Elisabeth Carol Photography | 100 Layer Cake

July’s almost over, but fall is still far from on the mind. Especially when a few delish summer spirits pop up in the 100lc inbox, like these drinks from Naomi Pak, complete with fresh fruit syrups and sweet styling by Lindsey Zamora.

Naomi says, We love the idea of making homemade simple syrups with the beautiful, ripe fruits available in the warmer months. You can use this syrup to make drinks and cocktails that are perfect for entertaining this summer.

More photos by Elisabeth Carol Photography below…

Summer cocktail recipe ideas  | Photo by Elisabeth Carol Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Ingredients:
2 cups fruit juice (We used a mix of white peach, raspberry, grapefruit, and lime)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
Topo Chico or any sparkling water
vodka
ice
mint, extra fruit for garnish

To make the syrup:
1. Choose any variety of fruit that are in season and ripe.
2. Clean fruit and cut up into small pieces, removing rinds and seeds where necessary.
3. Purée fruit in blender then pour mixture through a fine mesh sieve, yielding two cups of juice.
4. Combine juice, water and sugar in a stockpot and bring to a boil, then turn down the heat and simmer for 20 minutes or until the syrup has thickened.
5. Let the syrup cool completely, then store in the refrigerator.

Summer cocktail recipe ideas  | Photo by Elisabeth Carol Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Summer cocktail recipe ideas  | Photo by Elisabeth Carol Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Summer cocktail recipe ideas  | Photo by Elisabeth Carol Photography | 100 Layer Cake

To make the cocktail:
For the cocktail, combine 2 parts syrup, to one part water and one part vodka, with a splash of lime. Garnish with mint or extra fruit.

Non-alcoholic spritzer:
Fill a glass halfway with ice, then top off 3 oz. of syrup with 5 oz. of sparkling water.

Summer cocktail recipe ideas  | Photo by Elisabeth Carol Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Summer cocktail recipe ideas  | Photo by Elisabeth Carol Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Summer cocktail recipe ideas  | Photo by Elisabeth Carol Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Here’s to summer!

Photography: Elisabeth Carol Photography / Styling: Lindsey Zamora / Coordinating: Naomi Pak

 
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22 Jul

While summer is still in full swing, how about getting some of your mates together and having a surf themed party of your own? Here are a few resources to throw your own shindig!

Surf party roundup | 100 Layer Cake

serape | palapa umbrella | coconut cups | tiki mugs | boho blanket | surfboard | baskets | pillows | poufs | lanterns

 
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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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