A Vintage Cabana Inspired Birthday Party

vintage inspired cabana birthday party by pool with floaties

Vintage Cabana Styled Birthday Party at Bandit’s Ridge Louisa, VA

I’m so excited about this shoot that I can hardly contain my excitement!!!! Have you ever wanted to have the BEST birthday party ever with your girlfriends? Does a pool party sound fun? How about a vintage cabana inspired birthday party at a pool? YES?! You could even turn these ideas into your graduation party ideas!! I mean seriously you’d have the best graduation party ever. Your friends would never stop talking about it. I know I wouldn’t.

The mastermind behind this birthday party is Chelsea of Illumination Events Studio and she absolutely rocks! When Chelsea asked if I’d like to participate in a vintage cabana styled birthday party & she showed me her inspiration I jumped up and down with excitement. If you’re planning any type of event, party, or wedding and need some help with inspiration, planning, bringing the whole thing together then she’s your woman. So many other amazing vendors came together for this birthday party shoot as well!!

So let’s start off with the venue. A cool pool of course!! This happens to be at Bandit’s Ridge  in Louisa, VA. Not too far of a drive from Richmond it’s set out in the country so you could definitely play your music as loud as you would like and laugh the day away.

How would you like to get to the party? Why a vintage red vespa of course!!! Make sure you don’t forget your perfectly wrapped presents.

These lovely ladies were perfectly styled all day by Megan of Sweet Sauce. I’ve worked with her several times and she is just amazing and has the perfect eye for fashion and accessories. She’s perfect to work with to help you style your own closet, curate a new wardrobe, or of course to work with you on a specific project…like your senior pictures!! These beautiful women are wearing outfits from fab’rik of Carytown and they look smashing! Hair and makeup was perfectly done and attended to by Elle Style Studio.

You can’t forget the invitations!!! How bright and cheerful are these? Riot + Revel did an amazing job designing the invitations and all the other signage and paper goods for the day.


You can’t have a party without party hats. And what type of party hat goes best with a vintage inspired cabana party? Why fruit and flower hats and headbands of course!!

This might be in Virginia but it sure looks lush and tropical! Finding the perfect setting for your birthday party or graduation party can be hard but look no further if you want a tropical pool party vibe.

A few of the party decorations and set up. It’s not a party without the perfect decor that sets the scene for your theme.

What’s more perfect on a hot summer day than a fruit bar?


Every girl loves a fruity drink to keep her cool. How pretty are these little watermelon drinks?

Small party or big party the setup and flow is everything. This little tablescape is so cute and makes me want to have a party right now.

Hello AH-mazing cake!! This geometic fruit cake manages to be tropical and retro and feel like summer!! Dessert First Custom Cakes rocked it.

Quick outfit change into vintage inspired swim suits and cover-ups.

A little pineapple pinata action. You’re never too old for candy!

The highlight of the party may be relaxing and splashing by the pool.

Or maybe it’s the dance party?

Bubbles are always a crowd pleaser too.


Enjoy  this video from the party by Steffanie of Pretty in Ink Productions

SOOOO excited to say that this was featured on Hostess With The Mostest blog!!!!!!!!!! Check out what they had to say.

All Vendor Credits: Conception, Planning, Florals, Decor, & Styling- Illumination Events Studio / Venue: Bandit’s Ridge / Photography: Amber Kay Photography , Amber Kay Seniors / Apparel: Fab’rik Carytown / Apparel Styling: Sweet Sauce / Hair and Makeup: Elle Style Studio / Cake: Dessert First Custom Cakes / Linens and Rentals: Rent-E-Quip / Paper goods and gift wrapping: Riot + Revel / Vespa: 7 Hills Scooter Club / Video: Pretty In Ink Productions



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