I love throwing parties, so my husband turning the big 3-0 in early May was the perfect opportunity to throw a great party! TC is a simple guy and didn't want much of a fuss over the party, which made it a little difficult for me to decide on a theme. I wanted to keep it simple, rustic, as manly looking as possible and have it reflect TC's hobbies and favorite things. After thinking along those lines, I came up with baseball (the Milwaukee Brewers being his favorite team!), beer, and of course, good food! After sharing these ideas with TC, he was definitely more excited for the party. : )
The colors were mustard and navy, the Milwaukee Brewers' team colors, which I used in many of the decorations. Taylour, from Swoon Soiree on Etsy, did a fabulous job creating the navy and mustard "Beer Me" and "Keep Calm and Drink Beer" signs, as well as the food labels. I was so happy with how they turned out! I bought plain wooden utensils to paint navy and also found navy striped party straws to put in the mason jar glasses. For some rustic details, I tied jute twine around the top of the mason jar glasses, wrapped beer bottles with the jute twine (a fun DIY project), and filled the bottles with wheat. Instead of buying a birthday sign, I used a chalkboard that we already had hanging in our entryway closet. My friend Keisha, who helped me during the day with party prep, did the beautiful artwork.
We are limited with space in our small apartment, so activities such as beer pong wouldn't work unfortunately. Instead, we had ladder golf to play outside and I found this fun 1983 trivia, which was a big hit since our friends love trivia. I even bought a nice beer bottle opener for the winner! Everyone had fun talking, eating and drinking too!
Most importantly, we had a lot of delicious food! The menu included many recipes that we love to make at home. The ham and swiss sliders disappeared in about 10 minutes, and the soft pretzel bites were perfect for munching on all evening. One of my favorite ideas for the party was the ice cream sundae bar. I found Milwaukee Brewers ice cream sundae helmets to use as bowls, just like the ones at baseball stadiums, and had a variety of toppings to choose from! Everyone had fun customizing their own ice cream sundae!
Here is the full menu: (click on the light blue link to go to the recipe)
The sundae bar (assorted toppings)
Chocolate brownies (Ghirardelli Chocolate Supreme Brownie Mix)
Chips & Dip (my friends Keisha & Riaz made the dips)
Veggies & Dip
Pulled Pork Sliders - not pictured
Ham & Cheese Sliders - not in the picture because they were in the oven
Soft pretzel bites - Philly Pretzel Factory
Summer brew (used pink lemonade instead of raspberry lemonade)
Assorted beers, scotch and non-alcoholic beverages
It was such a fun party, and I can't wait to plan many more in the years to come! I hope you have a wonderful 30th year TC!Vendor Information: (Click on the light blue links)
Swoon Soiree - 5x7 beer signs and food labels
Jute twine - Lowe's
Mason jars - WalMart
Wheat sticks - Michaels
Wooden utensils -The WEBstaurant Store
Ice cream sundae helmets - icecreamsundaehelmets.com
Serving pieces, such as bowls and platters - Crate and Barrel for the most part