The Kearns Surf n’ Tiki

A 70th birthday inspired by a midcentury venue and the man-of-the-hour's love of all that is chill.

In an old Elk’s Lodge turned private club and pool, overlooking an expansive view of downtown Austin, a party rippled across generations. Midcentury modern lounge furniture was brought in to recreate the feel of a 1960’s rec room, and colorful decorations mimicked the aesthetic of the era’s beloved suburban tiki parties. Custom cocktails were poured (umbrellas included), surf movies projected, polaroids snapped and the appropriate tunes selected. Like any well-hosted party, no one wanted to go home.

Photography by Whitney Martin and Taylor Cumbie