For my mom’s surprise birthday dinner, I threw a Spanish-style beach party, drawing inspiration from my mom’s hometown, a Spanish beach town, and some photos of her in an orange bikini. We served homemade, authentic Spanish cuisine, and I made the white tablecloth with sheer fabric ruffles — symbolic of the ocean’s waves and the ruffles of a flamenco dress. To go with the orange bikini inspiration, I used orange and teal colors in the decor, from the cookies to the tissue paper carnations on the wooden spoons. And, for dessert, we served a Spanish almond cake, a popular traditional Spanish recipe.

Evite Spanish Beach Party Table

Evite Spanish Party Cupcake Stand

Evite Spanish Birthday Party Streamers

Evite Spanish Party Pudding

Evite Spanish Beach Party Cupcakes

Evite Spanish Beach Party Rice Pudding

Evite Spanish Party Fans

Evite Spanish Party Pinwheels

Evite Spanish Beach Party Sugar Cookies

Evite Spanish Party Almond Cake

Evite Spanish Party White Red Sangria

Evite Spanish Party Postcard


Concept and Design: Patty Smith, Perfect Serendipity (formerly Sweet Treat Stands)
Photography: Pagette Callender Photography
Spanish Almond Cake and Cupcakes: The Cake Lady
Cupcake Fondant Toppers and Mason Jar cakes: Little Shindigs
Paper Fans: Paper Bliss Cards By Nancy
Raffia/Seashell Tablecloth Sash and Raffia/Seashell Cake Plate Décor: Weddings by the Shore
Mini Tissue Paper Carnations: Nikki Crafts
Sugar Cookies (White Sand Dollars, Teal Starfish with White Details, Orange Flowers, White Shells): Say it with Heart
Sugar Cookies (Orange Starfish, Blue Flowers, Yellow and Cream Seashells, “Feliz Cumpleanos,” Fans): Couture Confections
Custom Ribbon and Fabric Chandelier: Pinkapotamus
Seashell Stamped Wooden Forks, Monogram Stamped Wooden Spoons and Retro Paper Straws: The Party Garden
Custom Invitation Design and Food Tent Cards: Pink Paper Trail

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