To commemorate my husband turning the big 3-0 this year, I knew we had to do something EPIC. After much thought, consideration and Pinteresting (is that a word yet?) I settled on a beer tasting.
Here’s how we threw a 30th Beer Bash…
Our friends are pretty competitive, so we ended up with a pretty wide variety including spicy chili beers, dark porters and for some unknown reason Michelob Ultra Dragon Fruit Peach (to each their own but to me this tastes like cough syrup).
My husband chose a winner and they are now the proud owner their own set of beer tasting glasses complete with paddle.
For the decorations I procured as many beer related posters, stickers, and bottle caps as I could get my hands on. I used brown kraft paper as table cloths and stuck the stickers to it. (If you don’t have craft brewers around you you can download logos and print them on sticker paper for the same effect). For centerpieces, I used vases filled with peanuts and bottle caps to hold some pinwheels.
I also printed off vintage beer advertisements from magazines (the more outrageous the better), put them in some cheap frames, and put them up around the house — they were an excellent conversation piece (especially the Blatz ad that said the malt in beer was nourishing to baby and would help new moms pick back up).
For food we went with pulled pork (purchased frozen from a local restaurant supply store), chips, candied bacon (this can be done way ahead of time and is a real hit), and jalapeno deviled eggs.
Once the libations were flowing entertainment took care of itself. But we are at that age where most gatherings include a few little kids so I covered our coffee table with kraft paper, printed off some pictures of dinosaurs and left out some markers.