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St. Patrick’s Day: Beer Tasting Happy Hour

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St. Patrick's Day Beer Tasting

A BEER TASTING Happy Hour – what a perfect idea for St. Patrick’s Day! And Sandra from The White Library and Sandra Downey Event Designs did such a great job with this one…

From the vibrant orange/green color palette and stylish stationery elements (complete with Irish-style fonts) – to the creative presentation of the “happy hour size” food, this party has such a chic, modern vibe to it… this is even a great idea for a small crew of your closest friends! (And between the beer tasting and the meatball sliders, this particular theme should be an easy sell to your favorite guy/co-host, too!)

St. Patrick's Day Beer Tasting

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St. Patrick's Day Beer Tasting

St. Patrick's Day Beer Tasting

St. Patrick's Day Beer Tasting

St. Patrick's Day Beer Tasting

St. Patrick's Day Beer Tasting


PARTY DETAILS, as told by Sandra

“Everyone does wine tastings, so I thought a beer tasting theme would be different, fun and in line with St. Patrick’s Day activities!

I chose traditional Irish flag colors of green orange and white, but tried to keep the feel chic and modern. The invitation was a DIY printable invitation from Green Apple Paperie. I matted it with orange card stock and embellished it with white ribbon.

I purchased 5 different beer types, removed all the labels and re-labeled the bottles 1-5 with removable labels. Upon arrival, each guest received a tasting card. On the tasting card, each beer is represented by its number, alongside a 4-stars rating system that guests used to rate the beers. There were little tasting cups that were also labeled 1-5 so that each beer could be tasted by everyone.

A “HAPPY HOUR” banner banner hung over the food table. Light food was servedjust as you’d find during happy hour at a restaurant! Meatloaf sliders, shrimp cocktail, trail mix and loaded mashed potatoes. I picked up the mini bowls and mini martini glasses at Pier 1. Plates were lined with pretty scrapbook paper I found at Jo-Ann’s. The flowers were picked out from my local grocery store’s floral department.

I collaborated with Katie of Green Apple Paperie to design the party printables, including the Happy Hour banner, tasting cards, food tent cards and slider flags. I used a glue gun to adhere the slider flags to tooth picks, and also to attach the banner letters to white ribbon. Additionally, white ribbon was used to make a bow on each end of the banner.”

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  1. Elizabeth March 8, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Wow so fun! I”m passing this along to my friend who always hosts an adults only St. Patty’s party.

  2. Carissa March 8, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Great idea for an adult party!!!

  3. Yum Yum Tables March 8, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    Oooo, those mini burgers…I bet ya can’t just have one! =)

  4. Vicki murray March 8, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    FUN!!!!! Love this…colors, theme, everything!!!

  5. susan@pocacosa March 8, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Looks like such a fun party! Love it!

  6. Holiday Glee March 8, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    Definitely some great idas and those burgers do look yummy

  7. HiLLjO March 9, 2011 at 6:14 am

    Those printables really spice up the tasting cups! Everything in the orange and green is so bright and happy! Looks fun with great food choices!

  8. Holly March 9, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    ADORABLE! You just don’t see many FUN adult parties anymore. I LOVE IT! Can’t wait to give it a try.

  9. ann March 9, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    where did you get the sliders or did ou cooked them yourself? I’m hosting a baby shower & i need to get atleast a 100 piece of sliders/burger.


  10. Elizabeth March 11, 2011 at 9:37 am

    That looks like such a fun and entertaining St. Patty’s day party-so festive.I love all the labels for the food and beer.

    I found this on the site, it would be awesome if you were grilling anything!

    St. Patrick’s Day Irish Shamrock Cast Iron Branding Grill Iron Accessory

    Elizabeth Lembeck


  11. rivernorthlove March 16, 2011 at 8:11 am

    Love this, it’s the perfect grown up St. Patty’s Day celebration. Can’t wait to share, thanks! {http:\rivernorthlove.blogspot.com}

  12. Sarah Smith March 26, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    Love the beer tasting idea! Seems like a lot of work! But would def be worth it!

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