Thursday, May 16, 2013

Featured Event - Adult Birthday Beer Tasting Party

I had the privilege of working with Pear Tree Greetings as a guest blogger this week. They featured Suburban Event's Adult Birthday Beer Tasting Party on their blog.

Check it out here!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Trendy and Unique Gift - Birchbox

Some people are just difficult to buy gifts for. Whether it is a gift for a wedding party, graduation, Christmas or just a birthday, I have the perfect solution for you! Not only is this the gift that keeps on giving, but it is trendy, modern and exciting to receive in the mail each month. BIRCHBOX!!!

What is Birchbox you ask? Each month you receive a box that contains about five samples from the leading beauty and fashion companies within the industry. You can update your own Birchbox profile online that will gear samples towards your personal likes! Once you have sampled the items, you can purchase the full sized bottles through the Birchbox Shop.

My husband gave this to me for Christmas this past year. I'm as giddy as a school girl when my Birchbox arrives in my mailbox each month and I absolutely love trying all the new and exciting samples.

Here is what I received in my most recent Birchbox:

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Adult Birthday - Beer Tasting Party

My husband was turning 30 years old and I wanted to do something a little different than our annual BBQ with friends and family. One of Jeff’s hobbies is brewing his own beer so I came up with the idea of having a beer tasting party! Guests were asked to bring a 6-pack of chilled specialty beer within particular categories that the birthday boy prefers.

The menu consisted of your standard and yummy bar food. I used brown craft bags to hold the soft pretzel bites and mini clothespins to close the bags and add some detail. Another great tip is to use small chalk board signs to indicate different dips or food. I’ve found that guests love this because they don’t have to ask you what everything is. Using an apothecary jar, I filled up peanuts and added a pop of color with the bright red popcorn boxes. The best thing you can do when planning a party is utilize all the space you have available (including the drawers)! Of course the table wouldn’t be complete without a great sign and a beer growler filled with wheat stalks. 
With the help of crafty friend Jodi, we cut out large letters from cardboard boxes spelling “CHEERS,” spray painted them a burnt red and hung with clear fishing line. Hanging in the corner was a chalk board sign with the steps on how to proceed with the beer tasting. This was probably one of my favorite items of the entire party! Little details such as coasters attached to the beer classes saying, “Bottoms Up” and signage for each type of beer helped me stay organized throughout the event. 

Lastly, a party would be complete without some dessert! Cupcakes with liners added another pop of color and cake pops with flag toppers added the detail. I made the cake pops my “easy” way and created a tutorial here.  

Hope you all enjoy the ideas and maybe you can incorporate them into your own parties! More pictures of this beer tasting party can be seen on the Suburban Events Facebook Page. A special thank you to Party On! Designs who offers personalized party supplies and decor!