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{Bluegrass and Bourbon} Manly 40th Birthday Party

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bluegrass and bourbon manly 40th birthday party

When you’ve got your man in mind, forget the ruffled cakes and cutesy garlands! That’s exactly what Jenny Raulli from Bloom Designs Online did when she styled this surprise {Bluegrass and Bourbon} Manly 40th Birthday Party for a friend. With a bourbon and cigar bar, easy to grab snacks and live music, what man (or anyone for that matter) could say no?! Everything in this party is all about keeping it simple and classy, which is the perfect representation of any Southern gentleman. :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Bourbon bottle & banjo-topped cupcakes, individual bourbon bread puddings and caramel cheesecake parfaits
  • Burlap table runner & twine-wrapped hydrangea centerpieces + simple votive-filled mason jar lanterns
  • Wooden ’40’ cake topper, a wood grain frosted cake & rustic iron ‘M’ monogram
  • Personalized matchbooks, wood grain printables, 3 kinds of cookies & 3 kinds of bourbon

burlap table runner and hanging mason jar lantern

bourbon and cigar tasting bar

manly wooden dessert table and cookies

bourbon bottle topped cupcake

simple white tablescape with hydrangea centerpieces

drinks station

kentucky mule and marshmallow bar

southern socialite drink recipe

bourbon tasting at a manly birthday party

chocolate wood grain cake

individual bourbon bread puddings

simple white 40th birthday cake

individual southern party desserts

bourbon and banjo topped cupcakes

whoopie pie and doughnut tower display

kraft navy white party favors

PARTY DETAILS as told by Jenny

A sweet friend of mine asked me to style a 40th birthday party for her husband. Since he grew up in the South, she wanted to honor his Southern roots with a Bourbon and Bluegrass Party but she also wanted to keep the party elegant, pretty and proper. Since I styled her Pink and Orange Monogram Party, I wanted to use a monogram at her husband’s party as well. We decided on a light burlap and navy color scheme and incorporated a wood grain background on all the printables.

The dessert table featured lots Southern favorites and other desserts all fitting our color scheme. We served a spice cake with a wooden topper by Ten23 Designs, Snicker doodle, oatmeal and peanut butter cookies, caramel cheesecake shots, Elvis pie, banana whoopie pies, bourbon bread pudding and cupcakes with amazing banjo and bourbon bottle fondant toppers by Edible Designs. I made the backdrop for the table out of 6 foot board — so simple!

The highlight of the party was the bourbon and cigar bar where guests sampled three kinds of bourbon and helped themselves to cigars from a beautiful silver plated tray.

The tables were set with burlap runners, wooden lanterns and white hydrangea centerpieces. Silver frames held fun signs throughout the party and hanging mason jar votives created the perfect ambience for this 40th birthday celebration.

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  1. Marti January 28, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Wowza! What a fantastic party. Did she say how it went? I love the wood look cake.

    • bloomdesignsonline January 29, 2014 at 4:18 pm

      Thanks Marti Everyone had a great time The Kentucky Mule helped:)

  2. Michelle - I DO invitations by michelle January 29, 2014 at 7:55 am

    This is awesome!! My hubby would love this. That cake is awesome!

  3. Michelle - the dotted line party January 30, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Love the look of this event. Simple and Classic. Nice job!

  4. Michelle January 30, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Wow, so, so much inspiration in this party. Hard to pull off a manly party but this, this is how you do it!

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  6. Elaine Parisi February 3, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    Great theme and presentation. I did a Retro Martini Party for my husband’s big birthday and it was a blast. I’ll have to keep this bourbon theme in mind for his next big birthday!

  7. Lauren @ten23designs February 6, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    The look and feel of this event is so warm and inviting. She did a great job!

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  9. Ali September 24, 2015 at 7:39 am

    This looks great! So classy, love it! Was wondering where to shop for the personalized matchbooks?!

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