01 Apr

REAL PARTIES: Grumpy Old Men Birthday

Grumpy Old Men Birthday Party

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.)

Grumpy Old Men Birthday Party

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


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)

Grumpy Old Men Birthday Party

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

Grumpy Old Men Birthday Party

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

Grumpy Old Men Birthday Party

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

Grumpy Old Men Birthday Party

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)

Grumpy Old Men Birthday Party

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

Grumpy Old Men Birthday Party

11:00 am – Golf time! 18 holes

Grumpy Old Men Birthday Party

Grumpy Old Men Birthday Party

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

Grumpy Old Men Birthday Party

Grumpy Old Men Birthday Party

Grumpy Old Men Birthday Party

3:00 pm – Shenanigans in the parking lot

Grumpy Old Men Birthday Party

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

Grumpy Old Men Birthday Party

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

Grumpy Old Men Birthday Party

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”


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

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

Comments 39

jenn s.


Founder & Creative Director see full profile

Leave a Comment


Breanna SAYS:

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

April 1, 2010 at 8:15 pm

shawna SAYS:

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

April 1, 2010 at 8:17 pm

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

April 1, 2010 at 8:47 pm

Sarah Z SAYS:

Love it! The photography is great!!

April 1, 2010 at 9:14 pm

kaysi fox SAYS:

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

April 1, 2010 at 10:08 pm

cammi SAYS:

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

April 1, 2010 at 10:44 pm

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???

April 1, 2010 at 11:10 pm

Kim - The TomKat Studio SAYS:

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

April 1, 2010 at 11:16 pm

Eleanor SAYS:

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

April 2, 2010 at 5:54 am

Lola SAYS:

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

April 2, 2010 at 6:14 am

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!

April 2, 2010 at 6:15 am

Jacz SAYS:

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

Old ladies eat cheesecake (The Golden Girls).

April 2, 2010 at 7:59 am

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!

April 2, 2010 at 8:01 am

Kate Landers Events, LLC SAYS:

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

April 2, 2010 at 8:24 am

jesi haack weddings SAYS:

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

April 2, 2010 at 9:24 am

My Sweet & Saucy SAYS:

I absolutely LOVE this post! Ryan and Jesi are so talented and the sweetest couple ever! Ryan keeps amazing me with his photos…so talented!

April 2, 2010 at 9:51 am

Mr. Haack SAYS:

Jenn…This looks awesome. Thank you.

April 2, 2010 at 10:07 am

featherbed SAYS:

Nice to see a guy-oriented party – thanks for sharing :)

April 2, 2010 at 10:17 am
Apologies, commenting is now disabled for this post.