Lori of LB Boutique threw a bright and festive Backyard Beer Bash for her husbands birthday (and choose the varieties based on his stations in the Coast Guard)! Photo booth props and Beer Pong cups in teal paired with yellow striped labels and local Milwaukee fresh corn on the cob provided bright dashes of color! For more brew bash ideas click here and here!
PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:
Twine wrapped bottles with dried wheat
Guinness & Blue Moon Beer Cupcakes
Fresh popcorn favors in simple bags tied with teal twine
Pulled Pork Sliders & Root-Beer Floats
Beer Pong Trophies (teal cups glued to white candlesticks!)
PARTY DETAILS, as told by Lori…
My husband and I love to throw a good party, but we haven’t had the time since moving from Alaska. I thought this would be a perfect excuse to throw a party for Jonah’s Birthday. The idea for a Beer Bash was because first my husband loves a good beer and we now live in Milwaukee, WI which has lots of breweries, a bar on every corner, and lots of CHEESE. I already had my colors in mind to be mustard, brown, cream, and a blue. Emma at Yellow Door Creative designed the perfect invite for the bash. Taylour at Swoon Soiree made my decoration dreams come alive.
I had been building up ideas on my Pinterest since July of what I wanted to do for decorations. Swoon Soiree made all the fan circles and seriously took them to another level. Jonah helped me with the beer bottles (aka he emptied them). My Sister-in-Law Anissa wrapped them in twine and I added wheat sticks to the bottles (no flowers for this party, even though I love them I wanted to keep this as clean, rustic, & manly as possible:). The Birthday sign by YDC brought the table scape together. I flipped the invite over to use the beer bottle on the back as a pointing arrow. Alessia even helped with a chalk board sign (trust me I had to erase her beautiful artwork ever 5 mins while I did this). It wouldn’t be a Baskin party without Beer Pong. I found this table on craigslist for $19 and it was the perfect look of rustic white (a little beat up from the college students, but what a great price). The winners of the Beer Pong received the BP Cup Trophies (I spray painted 2 candle stick holders white and hot glued 2 solo cups on top).
Our patio furniture couldn’t have fit more perfect with the color scheme and made a great relaxing area to drink beers and snack on candy. Jonah was mad that I put the blue jelly belly’s (we have a factory in Milwaukee that we have toured) at the bottom of the canister. Hello…did that on purpose so he wouldn’t mess up the colors, sometimes you have to out smart them!
DRINKS I had first wanted to do a beer tasting party, but that turned out to be too much/my husband thought all the beers would go bad if they had to sit out too long (only he would think of that). I switched gears to incorporating beers from where we have been stationed with the Coast Guard. Alaska: We had the Alaskan Summer and Amber. You use to not be able to find this beer unless you were on the West Coast, let me tell you how excited Jonah was to find this right down the street from us in Milwaukee. Wisconsin: Riverwest and Fixed Gear are Milwaukee based beers from Lake Front Brewery. HELLO can’t forget the Root BEER Floats!!! I picked up a Milwaukee based Sprecher Root Beer.
I know what you are thinking who serves water at a beer bash, but no lie we had only 1 lonely bottle left after the party… so thankfully YDC created the water bottle labels to fancy them up and keep with the color theme.
FOOD & DESSERT Where’s all the food???? Thinking about all the beer that was going to be consumed, I wanted everyone to experience a little bit of Milwaukee and the local places in our neighborhood. A few of the items we had are; Pulled Pork Sandwiches from Milwaukee Smoked BBQ (they just opened a few months ago). Sweet Corn from the local South Shore Farmers Market. Apple Coleslaw from Sendicks a local super market (they have carpet on the floor, you feel so fancy when you go there). One item I didn’t get pictured was the mini pretzel rolls from Mader’s German Restaurant they didn’t even get a chance to get in the oven to warm before the boys had downed about 4 of them. The amazing beer cupcakes were made by Jonah’s boss Joe L. because they work in Food Service for the Coast Guard so why not use my resources. They were amazing and I was about to turn into a cupcake after eating so many.
POPCORN POPCORN POPCORN – Doug’s Cowboy Kettle Corn Popcorn is by far the most amazing thing and for entertainment he yells YEEEHAWWW after each batch he makes (check out his site). I used simple white bags wrapped them with teal twine (try saying that 10X’s fast…I bet you just tried) and used the Popcorn label from Yellow Door Creative. Simple but sweet Thank You’s to everyone for coming to the Bash.
ACTIVITIES A photo booth is so simple to make at any party and you don’t have to have a fancy backdrop. Just add a cute banner and some props and you are set! Swoon Soiree made the adorable photo props and pennant banner. YDC added the Photo Booth Sign. I used Martha Stewart Blue & Black Chalk Board Paint on the wooden plaques.
Invite, Table Sign, Popcorn, Water & Cupcake Labels, Tooth Pick Flags, Photo Booth sign: Yellow Door Creative