I had been planning a 50th birthday party for Dave for a long time. It was all set for the past Saturday and in typical “I’m a busy homeschool mama who has no time to watch the news” I was a little oblivious to the impending storm, until people started preemptively cancelling on Thursday. With a mild sense of panic and a lot of help from Katie, my friend Chris, her husband Dan and our friend Joe, I called everyone on the guest list and switched it to Friday. The last minute switched worked extremely well with only about 6-8 people being unable to attend (they were missed!).
The party had a beer tasting theme, Dave being enthusiastic about brewing beer as well as drinking it. :). I cribbed heavily from Pinterest for the look of the party and Sugar Plum Sisters gave a 40th birthday for her hubby and had some beautiful ideas.
The cake (above) was a dark chocolate Guinness cake with Baileys buttercream icing. There was nary a crumb left.
This was before everyone came, I hadn’t yet filled the paper bags with palate cleansing snacks. It’s chalkboard paper purchased in a roll. I can see many uses for this going forward so I’m happy I got the big roll. For $26 it was a good investment.
The glasses were 19 oz pub glasses from Dollar Tree. I had first thought of tasting glasses but I could not find enough of what I needed at an affordable price. These worked well though and the chalkboard labels enabled everyone to keep there own glass and take it home. They peeled off easily as well.
This was the mantle display. I had the banner printed at VistaPrint (which I have used often and love) and it’s a great quality. There are cigar boxes, a beer horn, a local craft beer, a cute sign and some candles as well as a homebrewing book and Drinking With The Saints: The Sinners Guide To A Holy Happy Hour which I received for Christmas. My friends know me well.
All in all it was a fun party, in spite of the last minute switch. I really enjoyed putting it together for Dave and he was really touched by everyone’s efforts and that was the best part.
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