This party’s pint glass is half full with all kinds of creativity! Jessica of iblog4-u did a lot of planning to make this 30th Backyard Beer Tasting Party come to life for her husband’s big day (and for their 2nd anniversary!). With a BBQ style menu and delicious beer plus the ridiculously clever party signage (including the beer bucket signs: Ale yeah!, India Who You Callin’ Pale Ale & Does this make me look Stout), I score Jessica a 5 for a FABULOUS ‘Libation Celebration!’
PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:
- ‘Good People Drink Good Beer’ poster & custom corn hole game for guests to sign
- BBQ Buffet: ribs, pulled pork, sour kraut & bratwurst, coleslaw, mac n’ cheese & cornbread
- Tasting sheet with area to list ‘beers to remember’ & ‘beers to forget’ :)
- Custom logo pint glass for beer tasting (doubling as party favors!)
- Amazing “hoppy” beer bottle cap 30th birthday cake
PARTY DETAILS, as told by Jessica…
I had been planning my husbands 30th birthday for the whole year and I never have had so much fun. He is a huge beer connoisseur. In fact we both have an affinity for beer gardens and drinking some great micro-brews. After a trip home to Brussels, Belgium where I am from I instantly knew what the theme would be, a back yard beer tasting bonanza. I then started to look for inspiration and of course the first place I came to was Hostess With The Mostess.
DESIGN & DECOR
The design was inspired by the invitation created by designer Anna McClure from the Etsy design store Jack Master who also designed all the paper products. I had fun Octoberfest inspired signs made for each table, cupcake toppers, signs for each category of beer, a “hoppy birthday” banner and tasting sheets made. The centerpieces were large glass hurricanes (purchased at buy 1 get 1 50% off from Joanne Fabrics for my best friends bridal shower that I threw) I reused them again and filled them with peanut butter filled pretzels, pirates booty cheddar popcorn, ruffles chips and onion dip as pre-dinner bar snacks all purchased in bulk at BJ’s Wholesale. I used bamboo disposable plates and utensils from Joanne Hudson Basics for easy cleanup and had custom paper napkins made from For Your Party that read “Justin is going to need some Tylenol tomorrow”. I also bought some great coasters from the Etsy store Lady Bug Press to put at each table seating (I absolutely love these).
I set up a heated tent in the backyard (the party was in November here in Connecticut) and everyone was assigned one of four categories of beers to bring for t