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Clever 30th Backyard Beer Tasting Party

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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

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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.

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 the tasting. As guests arrived they put the beers in huge galvanized buckets that I purchased at Home Depot. Each bucket had a sign designed and printed by Anna that listed the beer categories (Ale, Lager, Stout and Seasonal). They then got to sign a poster that I am going to have framed that reads “Good People Drink Good Beer” designed by LuciusArt on Etsy, check out a slide show I made on my computer of my husband Justin’s last 30 years, grab a custom made pint glass purchased and printed at Custom Glassware that has a logo “Beer Me” also designed by Anna, with a tasting sheet in it designed by Anna and a pencil to start the tasting. It made the perfect favor for everyone to take home and keep long after the party as a momento. They could list the beers to remember and the beers to forget to keep as well on their tasting sheets.

The catering was done by a good friend Tom who has a huge smoker and does parties on the side (Hot Hands BBQ). We had pulled pork, mac and cheese, ribs, brisket, sour kraut and bratwurst, bbq chicken, corn bread, red cabbage slaw, potato salad and green beans; all the makings of the perfect meal to go with some delicious beers.

The cake by Little Imagination Cakes was one of my favorite details of all. In was in the shape of a beer cap and the artwork was designed by Anna. It was carrot cake filled with a vanilla filling, my husbands favorite. There was none left, it was that good. Guests also enjoyed vanilla and chocolate cupcakes from Big Y with the fun Octoberfest toppers.

For some additional fun I had a custom corn toss game made by Style My Corntoss from Etsy. I supplied them the same art work of the “Good People Drink Good Beer” poster and they re-created the design. An added special detail, I had them add the next “The Nanas Established November 12th 2010”. My husband and I were not only celebrating his 30th birthday but it was also our 2 year anniversary.

To end the night I had a photobooth from M Maler Photography where everyone got to enjoy taking pictures with props that I purchased from The Prop Market on Etsy. It was an unforgettable night and so much fun to plan. I hope other readers find it inspiring and get to have their very own awesome backyard beer tasting bonanza.

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  1. Angie Kay December 15, 2012 at 3:36 am

    This is amazing. Love this party!

  2. Angie Kay December 15, 2012 at 3:36 am

    This is amazing. Love this party!

  3. Cathryn December 15, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    This looks like it was a lot of fun. Very creative!

  4. Jess December 18, 2012 at 5:16 am

    Thank you so much for featuring my hubbys 30th!! It looks wonderful :) It made my day. Thank you again!

    • Julie A January 5, 2013 at 5:05 am

      Hi Jess! This is fantastic, great job! Where did you get the lederhosen outfit you are wearing in one of the pictures?

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    i absolutely LOVE this idea and am planning on doing it for my hubby’s 40th this November! A couple of questions: did the guests pour a bit of various beers into the custom glass to sample, or were those primarily give-aways? i’m curious how they did the actual sampling. i’m planning to have 50-75 people and not sure if I should just buy custom mugs or also add sampler cups.
    Another question: did you furnish a good bit of beer yourself, or just count on people bringing? Not sure how much to buy myself.
    any other tips to share? THANKS again for all the links and pointers!!! :)

  13. Danielle October 14, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    I had a question on the glasses. I’m planning out buying pint glasses. How did you stick the “beer me” sticker on them? Did you buy and print on sticker paper? Thanks!

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    Love this! Can’t wait to steal it :)

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  21. Vanessa Reynoso June 5, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    Wow this is incredible!! Kudos!!

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