01 Apr

REAL PARTIES: Grumpy Old Men Birthday

REAL PARTIES: Grumpy Old Men Birthday

Today’s Real Party feature is just way too much fun! This refreshing & unique “Grumpy Old Men Day” was submitted by event planner Jesi of Jesi Haack Weddings, but the idea was actually dreamed up by her husband Ryan as a clever way to celebrate their friend’s 30th birthday.

(BTW – Ryan Haack also shot these amazing photos, which honestly look like they came straight out of a cool magazine spread! Check out his photo blog here.)

REAL PARTIES: Grumpy Old Men Birthday

Read on for a full rundown of the day’s events, as told by Jesi – and more fantastic images from Ryan

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The Ultimate Man Party! Who says girls have to throw all of the fun parties??

Here is an amazing day of craziness involving a 30th birthday, old men clothes, coughing, pipes, and other dude shananigans that will make the women proud and the men jealous…

5:00 am – All friends secretly meet and put on their wardrobes (thrift store old men outfits)

REAL PARTIES: Grumpy Old Men Birthday

5:15 am – Surprise Issac (the Birthday Old Man) by waking him up with major coughing and hacking

REAL PARTIES: Grumpy Old Men Birthday

5:20 am – Style the Birthday Old Man in the previously chosen thrift store attire

REAL PARTIES: Grumpy Old Men Birthday

5:30 am – Arrive at the local donut shop and read newspapers in the dark

REAL PARTIES: Grumpy Old Men Birthday

6:00 am – Longboarding at local surf spot

9:00 am – “work on the car” time (not in the original plan, but the battery died from leaving the lights on)

REAL PARTIES: Grumpy Old Men Birthday

10:00 am – Breakfast at Omelette Parlor, a local breakfast nook

REAL PARTIES: Grumpy Old Men Birthday

11:00 am – Golf time! 18 holes

REAL PARTIES: Grumpy Old Men Birthday

REAL PARTIES: Grumpy Old Men Birthday

2:00 pm – Lunch at clubhouse + whiskey, scotch and pipe smoking

REAL PARTIES: Grumpy Old Men Birthday

REAL PARTIES: Grumpy Old Men Birthday

REAL PARTIES: Grumpy Old Men Birthday

3:00 pm – Shenanigans in the parking lot

REAL PARTIES: Grumpy Old Men Birthday

3:30 pm – Jacuzzi time to soothe the muscle fatigue
(4pm: Local PD helicopter flew overhead because of their rowdiness)

REAL PARTIES: Grumpy Old Men Birthday

4:30 pm – One old man’s shoulder dislocates during a swim race (yes, this really happened!)

REAL PARTIES: Grumpy Old Men Birthday

5:00 pm – BBQ for an early “supper”
9:00 pm – Retire the canes and head for beers at Goat Hill Tavern, a local dive bar”

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Thanks again to Jesi & Ryan for all the great inspiration!

P.S. This theme would also work fabulously for milestone birthdays beyond 30 too!

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38Comments

1
Breanna SAYS:

I think this is the best party theme I’ve ever seen! LOVE IT!

Reply April 1, 2010 at 8:15 pm

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shawna SAYS:

omg love it….I new these were Newport hotties when I saw them!!!!

Reply April 1, 2010 at 8:17 pm

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Pretty Party Studio SAYS:

Wow, wow and wow again. I am dying over these photos…they are AMAZING.

Such a fun idea, just a goregous post!

Thanks for sharing

Reply April 1, 2010 at 8:47 pm

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Sarah Z SAYS:

Love it! The photography is great!!

Reply April 1, 2010 at 9:14 pm

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kaysi fox SAYS:

ok, i LOVE this, so cute & great pictures!!

Reply April 1, 2010 at 10:08 pm

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cammi SAYS:

I must say… I love, love, love this idea! I love the photography, too – great job planning and executing this one!

Reply April 1, 2010 at 10:44 pm

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Amanda SAYS:

This was so cute! Im about to turn 30 myself…wonder if I could do an old lady party…what do old ladies do???

Reply April 1, 2010 at 11:10 pm

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Kim - The TomKat Studio SAYS:

So refreshing to see a GUY party….and good looking ones to boot! :) Fantastic!! The photos are amazing….

Reply April 1, 2010 at 11:16 pm

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Eleanor SAYS:

Um, seriously? Incredible ideas, beautiful photography and SO creative. What a fun way to celebrate!

Reply April 2, 2010 at 5:54 am

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Lola SAYS:

Goes to show men don’t have to have sleazy when having a good time. Great idea!

Reply April 2, 2010 at 6:14 am

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Marcia SAYS:

Great party! Very inspiring. Love those pics he got. And Amanda, if you want to do it up for an old ladies party, I’d theme it a la Golden Girls style. Cue up some old episodes of Golden Girls and let Blanche, Rose, Sophia & Dorothy inspire you!

Reply April 2, 2010 at 6:15 am

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Jacz SAYS:

I need a nap, just from looking at these pics.

Old ladies eat cheesecake (The Golden Girls).

Reply April 2, 2010 at 7:59 am

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Wendy SAYS:

What a briliant idea for man-date/ man party!!!! I will have to remember this one!!! :) And ending the night at The Goat Hill?! I love that place!!! Best dive bar in Orange County, CA!

Reply April 2, 2010 at 8:01 am

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Kate Landers Events, LLC SAYS:

Fabulous photos!!!!!!!!! Just stunning, and creativity overload!

Reply April 2, 2010 at 8:24 am

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jesi haack weddings SAYS:

jenn!!!! What a beautiful layout for our fun post! You are amazing, thank you!!!

Reply April 2, 2010 at 9:24 am

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