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Vintage Hawaiian Luau Birthday {Aloha to 90 Years!}

Aloha to 90 years! When Jose turned the big 9-0, his granddaughter, Gizelle Perry of Party Pieces by Perry, threw him a Vintage Hawaiian Luau Party inspired by his roots – he grew up and served in the Hawaiian military! From the roasted whole pig and tropical flavored desserts to the vintage Hawaiian signs and island style outfits, Jose’s heartwarming birthday celebration was such a wonderful representation of family and culture. See all the vibrant pictures from Megan Long Photography below!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Bright floral centerpieces in pineapple “vases” + “Big Kahuna” chair for Jose
– Sprite “Ocean Water” served in coconut cups, Filipino roast pig & Hawaiian style catering
– Vintage Hawaiian inspired printable food labels, invitations and photo booth signs from Just A Little Sparkle
– Coconut cake, mango cheesecakes, piña colada cupcakes & “Aloha” and pineapple painted macarons
– DIY Oversized wooden photo wall, “Get Lei’d” Station and Memory Story Activity

Vintage Hawaiian Luau Birthday {Aloha to 90 Years!}

Vintage Hawaiian Luau Birthday {Aloha to 90 Years!}

Vintage Hawaiian Luau Birthday {Aloha to 90 Years!}

Vintage Hawaiian Luau Birthday {Aloha to 90 Years!}

Vintage Hawaiian Luau Birthday {Aloha to 90 Years!}

Vintage Hawaiian Luau Birthday {Aloha to 90 Years!}

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Hawaiian Surfer Big Kahuna Baptism & First Birthday Party

ALOHA! Grab your bathing suits and surfboards because we’re heading down to the beautiful Hawaiian beaches for a “Big Kahuna” Baptism & First Birthday Party that has tons of totally radical ideas. Helena Chaviara of RockPaperScissors Events designed this spectacular event for birthday girl Alex, incorporating creative pineapple centerpieces, beach-friendly desserts & tropical floral arrangements. I’m stoked that this “sunshine soaked” party means that summer is still in full swing and the pineapple trend is still going strong!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Creative pineapple “palm tree” adult table centerpieces & surfboard silhouette table numbers
– Bright painted pineapple arrangements, sunglasses and piles of colorful pillows at the kids tables!
– Yellow VW van cake by JAR by sweet mates + paper umbrella and fondant shark fin topped cupcakes 
– “One Year of Endless Sunshine” invitation and party printables by Love me do
– Sweet surfboard, yellow VW van, pineapple and hibiscus flower cookies from Maria’s Cakes and Cookies

Hawaiian Surfer Big Kahuna Baptism & First Birthday Party

Hawaiian Surfer Big Kahuna Baptism & First Birthday Party

Hawaiian Surfer Big Kahuna Baptism & First Birthday Party

Hawaiian Surfer Big Kahuna Baptism & First Birthday Party

Hawaiian Surfer Big Kahuna Baptism & First Birthday Party

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Mint & Peach Donut Party {Go Nuts!}

Let’s GO NUTS for donuts! Lisa Komer of Fancy That designed a Mint & Peach Donut Party (photographed by Katie Hickenbottom Photography) that undoubtedly gave me an early morning sweet tooth! From the donut tower “cakes” to the foiled donut plates, I’m just loving all the happy and crafty details that baked up such a *delicious* birthday party idea. Yummmmmy! ;)

P.S. Find more Donut Party Ideas Here!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

DIY Jumbo donut fringe pinata + painted sprinkle donut balloons
– Cereal “mini donut” cups, “HAPPY” candy dishes & scalloped popcorn boxes with donut party circles
– Sprinkle donut plates and napkins + donut tin party favors
– Playful donut tower “cakes” with “Happy Birthday and “I Am Three” flag toppers
– Milk bottles with donut decals, mint striped straws & mini powdered donuts!

Mint & Peach Donut Party {Go Nuts!}

Mint & Peach Donut Party {Go Nuts!}

Mint & Peach Donut Party {Go Nuts!}

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Set Sail for Shakes & Sundaes! {A Nautical Ice Cream Bar}

This post is sponsored by California Milk Advisory Board.

Did you know that there’s such a thing as National Hot Fudge Sundae Day? Seriously – you can google it! And also… it’s TOMORROW. Personally, I think any day is a great day for a hot fudge sundae, but if someone wants to give me a good excuse to enjoy one, then that’s just fine by me. ;)

So, in celebration of National Hot Fudge Sundae Day – and of July being National Ice Cream Month in general – California Milk Advisory Board asked me to create a family-friendly Milkshakes & Sundaes Bar, featuring delicious ice cream made from Real California Milk. I always love a good party theme, and thought a nautical twist felt especially fitting for summer, so I invite you to scroll on down and Set Sail for Shakes and Sundaes with me today!

I hope this post inspires you to set up an ice cream bar of your own, which can mean anything from styling out a full table to utilizing just a couple of your favorite quick ideas for a simpler get together. Either way, I’m giving away all of these Nautical Ice Cream Printables for free, which should make recreating this look even easier. Download the signs, labels, banner, and other paper details right here.

Set Sail for Shakes & Sundaes! {A Nautical Ice Cream Bar}

Set Sail for Shakes & Sundaes! {A Nautical Ice Cream Bar}

How to Set Up a Nautical Ice Cream Bar

The first thing you’ll need to do is map out the basics:

1) flavors of ice cream made from Real California Milk
2) mix-ins and toppings
3) serving vessels

For a shakes and sundaes bar, I’ve found that it’s best to keep the ice cream options simple. Serve just 2-3 flavors so that you have plenty of room for toppings & mixers. In addition to cups and sundae bowls, it’s always nice to include ice cream cones for the people that love them… like me! ;)

Set Sail for Shakes & Sundaes! {A Nautical Ice Cream Bar}

I found the plastic bowls pictured above at Target for .79 each. They’re technically kids bowls, but perfectly sized for ice cream sundaes! Wooden spoons were customized with patterned paper on the handles (except for the one design I had that already matched). Bottled toppings like flavored syrups and hot fudge got a quick makeover too, with ribbon + printable papers & labels.

This station is equipped with everything you needs to make milkshakes, floats, ice cream sundaes, and even an Ice Cream Sundae Milkshake (!) like this one:

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Hello, friends! I designed these ice cream inspired printables recently to use in a Nautical Ice Cream Bar created for California Milk Advisory Board. I hope you can have some fun with them too! The food/drink labels and tent cards are included in both customized and blank versions for extra versatility. Download links are at […]

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This post is sponsored by California Milk Advisory Board. California dairy farms produce 20% of the entire nation’s dairy supply, and 99% of them are family-owned! Learn more about them here. As the saying goes – I scream, you scream, we ALL scream for ice cream”  – and that includes the grown-ups! And being one […]

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