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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!

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POSTED BY:jenn s.JENNIFER SBRANTI is the Founder and Creative Director of Hostess with the Mostess®, a hip and modern party planning resource.

39 responses to “REAL PARTIES: Grumpy Old Men Birthday”

  1. Breanna says:

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

  2. shawna says:

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

  3. 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

  4. Sarah Z says:

    Love it! The photography is great!!

  5. kaysi fox says:

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

  6. cammi says:

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

  7. 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???

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

  9. Eleanor says:

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

  10. Social comments and analytics for this post…

    This post was mentioned on Twitter by wbsmichelle: Not what I was expecting but so much fun:

  11. Lola says:

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

  12. 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!

  13. Jacz says:

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

    Old ladies eat cheesecake (The Golden Girls).

  14. 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!

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

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

  17. 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!

  18. Mr. Haack says:

    Jenn…This looks awesome. Thank you.

  19. featherbed says:

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

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