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Scotch & Chocolate 40th Birthday Party

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It probably has something to do with working on this post, but nothing sounds better right about now than indulging in some good Scotch and Chocolate. Since I don’t actually have either of them on hand, I will just have to settle for this incredibly fresh and creative Scotch & Chocolate 40th Birthday Party by the talented Stephanie of Spaceships & Laser Beams. She adapted her vintage car theme collection to use for her husband’s birthday party and I just love every bit of it (even the little boy peaking behind the cake…see below)!

Everything about this party is unique & different…a.k.a. refreshing! I love that the guests came to the party for some fun, but also got a good dose of Scotch “education”, as well! The vintage cars, beautiful floral arrangements, wooden pedestals, bunting banners, and vibrant color palette all came together beautifully. Oh, and don’t get me started on all the beautiful chocolates – from truffles to the fudge, they all look delicious! Even the bite-sized food (which happens to all be vegan) was perfectly displayed!

Please read on for more FRESH photos + all the party details…

PARTY DETAILS, as told by Stephanie

“It’s a fact only known to the most dedicated of scotch drinkers that single malt scotch and chocolate go together like peanut butter and jam. So when my husband Mike was turning 40, we knew immediately that we were going to throw a chocolate and scotch tasting party. Separately, they’re my husband’s two favorite food groups. Together, they’re amazing as the different flavored chocolate can bring out different flavors in the single malt. Because of the vibe of the event, we used the Spaceships and Laser Beams vintage car printable collection as our party decor.”


  • The Macallan, 18 yr
  • Lagavulin, 16 yr
  • Glen Breton Rare, 10 yr
  • The Balvenie, 12 year old

(Because some of our guests were scotch novices — including those who had never tasted scotch before — we did little write-up on each. We also had other beverages on hand.)


  • Handmade truffles
  • Handmade chocolates
  •  Chocolate covered pretzels
  • Chocolate peanut butter fudge
  • Chocolate chip cookies


all vegan and super delicious

  • Hot wing with Blue Cheese Pizza Bites
  • Mini crab cake with Pea Puree
  • Mushroom, carmelized onion and brie bread pudding mini muffins
  • Cucumber cups with dill cream cheese
  • Tomato, basil, caprese style toothpick kebab
  • Avocado and mango salad rolls


  • Orange and Basil (amazing)
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  1. Corin August 8, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    This is amazing, and the food looks super yummy, too!

  2. gigi August 8, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Adoro ver suas festa, otimas ideias, muito bom gosto, parabéns!

  3. Carmen August 8, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    This is such an original and clever idea for a party! Beautifully executed.

  4. Stephanie @ Spaceships and Laser Beams August 8, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    So exciting! Thanks so much for featuring this party!

  5. Amber-Lee August 8, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Yup, make the deco a little more feminine and I think we’ve found my next bday party!

  6. Priscilla August 8, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    Gorgeous party! I love the scotch theme. The food looks great, but unlikely to be vegan, with blue cheese and brie. I bet the vegetarian guests were very pleased, though!

  7. Sweet Pea Event August 8, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    So adorable and fun! Looks like a great time!


  8. Christina August 8, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    I love this theme!

  9. MonogrammedEverything.com! August 9, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Seriously. Adorable. Love it.

  10. Jess August 9, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Great idea! On the summary about the scotch did you write up the history of each scotch or something else?

    • Stephanie @ Spaceships and Laser Beams August 10, 2011 at 7:21 am

      Thanks for asking! We identified the region it was from and talked about the tastes and smells they would experience. Most of the information is available in the marketing materials or on the websites of each single malt scotch.

  11. Rocio Rincon August 10, 2011 at 11:12 am

    What a lovely theme! I love the decor and the food looks so yummy! Great ツ


    Rocio R.

  12. Pear Tree Greetings August 11, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    What a fabulous idea for a masculine 40th birthday party! It all looks so yummy!! -Steph

  13. art deco engagement rings August 12, 2011 at 3:44 am

    My husband loves the scotch!

  14. katrina August 19, 2011 at 5:46 am

    50’s retro vibe underlaying here, but not over the top! I love it… perfect little touches here and there

  15. Joelle January 20, 2012 at 10:14 am

    love the ideas!

  16. Tara January 30, 2012 at 6:56 am

    Thanks for the inspiration! I did a similar party idea as a result – Scotch & Sauce Party http://www.tarametblog.com/2012/01/scotch-sauce-party.html

  17. Laurel February 6, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    WOW!!! I have been racking my brain for an idea for my husbands 29th birthday this year – I am going to tailor it a little bit but i LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea

  18. Lena June 6, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Where can I find the summary cards you used? I am planning a scotch tasting Birthday party for my husband’s 30th birthday and I love your ideas! Very similar to what I was looking to do :)

  19. eric November 28, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Since when does vegan eat chicken wings or crab meat?

  20. Robert January 27, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Looks like a wonderful time

  21. Leanne Hunt Morrison November 6, 2014 at 2:36 am

    Beautiful!!! I love it! Thanks for the great ideas! Any chance you still have the scotch write ups? Planning a party for the hubby this FRIDAY! if you do email them to me at hunt_73@hotmail.com

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