I took a couple weeks off of blogging because I've been traveling, painting and partying. More on the traveling and painting later. Darling Husband (DH) has been working long hours in the hot Texas sun all summer long and I wanted to do something special for him. He absolutely loves to try out new beers and spends lots of time in the beer section at Central Market while I shop for groceries. I thought it would be fun to throw him a BBQ & Beer Tasting party for his birthday, wanting to celebrate his adventurous palette. First, I found a cute invitation on Etsy and had it customized and printed. I just love the way it turned out.
I went rustic with the decor, inspired by 'wheat beer'. DH picked out beers from different countries for the group to try out.
I labeled the drink tubs by the origin of the beer.
I labeled the catch-all bucket "United Nations". DH spent $12 on a single (large-ish) bottle of Russian beer. I really couldn't say anything, considering what I spend on handbags.
Inexpensive frame with a simple design and a bit of burlap ribbon.
'House Beer' and iced tea for the less adventurous guests. A little pail, tied with the burlap ribbon acts as a bottle top collector.
'P' is for DH's last name.
Beer Tasting records, cups and pencils.
I had originally envisioned that we would all taste the same beers at the same time, but had to let go of my inner-psycho-professional-event-planner and just let the party unfold naturally. And you know what, everyone still had a great time!
Friend Ariane contemplates whether or not she likes a particular brew.
Three yards of burlap decorate the table for about $6.
We served braised ribs, bbq ribs, beer brats, black bean & corn salad, potato salad and pinto beans. Everyone loved the food, especially dessert - homemade peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream. Speaking of homemade, I made about 95% of everything from scratch, which surprised a few guests. Then, I tried to take credit for making the chicharones - just for fun. ;)
All of our friends and most importantly, DH, had a good time. I was especially happy that his friend from grade school was able to come and put many smiles on his face throughout the night. He had lots of fun serving the different beers to his friends and laughed when they really hated a particular variety. Thank you to everyone for coming to celebrate my honey's birthday. Happy Birthday, my Darling Husband!