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Amanda’s 40th birthday beach party

September 18, 2017

Hello Cakies! Amanda here, popping in with some photos of my recent 40th birthday party at the beach. And it was the dreamiest! I wanted to gather a bunch of my friends together down in the sand for a relaxed end-of-summer soiree.. tacos, paletas, and people lounging around and laughing. Robin from Ro&Co Events created the most perfect party for this birthday girl (and mama-to-be!), complete with a flowy canopy and plenty of color. And Birds of a Feather captured the day in their beautiful California style. See all the details below!

I designed a few fun accents for the event including an invite, and some custom cocktail napkins and drink stirrers printed by For Your Party. Don’t you love that pink and orange tie-dyed cocktail napkin?

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Robin explains, Amanda’s 40th birthday wishlist included an all-out boho chic soiree with her friends on the beach in Tulum. But with a bundle of joy on the way in just a month or so, traveling to Tulum wasn’t exactly in the cards…so we brought the Tulum vibes to her! 

Settling on a beautiful sandy spot at the beach in Playa del Rey, our imagination ran wild with dreams of Tulum. 

A lightweight fabric canopy covered guests from the sun and created a relaxing, breezy atmosphere. The palapa-style thatched umbrellas from Bob Gail Events added a Mexican-inspired touch. To fulfill Amanda’s boho vibe and vision, we enlisted Circa Rentals for their beautiful selection of rugs, pillows, poufs and a special peacock chair for the birthday girl. Floor seating around a central communal table allowed guests to mingle together while enjoying the party’s fresh bites.

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Well hello, little Birdie!

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I mean, the dreamiest, right?! Robin is the best.

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Lush, tropical-inspired florals from Hello Honey Flower Co. added the perfect amount of festive color and greenery. The fresh fruit centerpiece was a riff of the agua fresca flavors that included watermelon and citrus. BorrowedBLU linen napkins in a neutral tone balanced out the colorful rugs and flowers at the table.

Fruit centerpiece agua fresca drink station

I loved this agua fresca station for guests to serve themselves, including flavors of Watermelon Mint and Mixed Berry Citrus. I also hand-painted a few wooden signs, inspired by the style of signage in Tulum, which took a lot of trial and error, but in the end turned out pretty cute I think!

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A close-up of the customized tie-dyed napkins..

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Pretty sure baby had a good time too…

Amanda Dawbarn Beach party food

Heirloom LA provided a delicious spread of carne asada and grilled fish tacos, Mexican bean salad, cilantro rice and fresh salsa. We arranged the spread in a set of rustic wooden bowls from Crate and Barrel’s Tondo collection.

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The final perfect beach treat was provided by Si Paletas, who brought a variety of fresh fruit popsicles including mango chili lime, peach orange blossom, strawberry cream brown sugar, lemon blackberry lavender and hibiscus fresh grape. YUMMM.

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All in all, a wonderfully memorable day, and the perfect way to ring in this new decade and a close to summer.

Amanda and Tim beach party

Photography: Birds of a Feather / Planning & Design: Ro&Co Events / Furniture Rentals: Circa Rentals / Palapa Umbrella Rentals: Bob Gail Events / Linen Napkin Rentals: Borrowed BLU / Floral Design: Hello Honey Flower Co. / Signage: Amanda of 100 Layer Cake / Serving Bowls: Crate and Barrel / Custom Napkins & Cocktail Stirrers: For Your Party / Paletas: Si Paletas / Food: Heirloom LA