Guest post by Molly Suedbeck from Suburban Events (Read her bio below.)
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 a beer tasting party! Guests were mailed The Big 3-0 Birthday Party Invitations (sample shown below) and 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. Most of my best beer tasting party ideas involved creative ways to display it. I used brown kraft 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.
Everyone loves a movie night, but this Movie Party Theme by celebrations.com shows you how to make a party out of it. With cable, satellite and Netflix available to practically everyone, it almost doesn’t matter what movie you choose. The fun part is re-creating the theater experience in home, from the ticket (invitation) to the movie-theater treats!
These movie night theme party ideas all start with a ticket. Pear Tree’s Admit One Movie Night Party Invitations with their clipped corners and striped backs are vintage-movie-theater perfect! They even have matching address labels. From there, it’s really all about serving the right nostalgic movie-theater treats.
Many years ago, I went to a surprise 60th birthday party for one of my favorite colleagues. Her husband put on quite the show. He had videos made of all her friends talking about their favorite memories with Lynn. He had pictures on the walls of her childhood and teenage years, of her kids growing up, of her friends, of her loved ones. She even had 60 roses presented to her by her children. Lynn is an incredibly special person, and I remember saying to myself, right there at her party, that I wanted to make sure my parents had something special for their big day as well.
Both of my parents turned 60 this year, and although I wasn’t able to pull off a huge surprise party, I had a few birthday ideas that made it special. My big idea was to send a card announcing their birthdays to all of their friends and relatives, asking each of them to write back with a favorite memory of my parents.
My dad’s birthday was first, and I chose our Surprise Photo Birthday Invitations for him, mainly because I didn’t have a lot of childhood pictures of him, and this card featured just one photo. Inside, I wrote about his upcoming big day and asked that people use the enclosed card to write to him about their favorite Carl story. I then enclosed one of our Engraved Distinction Note Cards and an envelope complete with address labels, so the recipients just had to fill out the card and pop it in the mail. I was careful to make sure the note card I chose would fit inside the larger birthday card.
The Pear Tree office is gettin’ geared up for the Super Bowl so we decided to throw a Super Bowl party that doubled as a birthday party for our two co-workers, Tyler and Brandon. We got pretty creative and came up with some fun Super Bowl food ideas for you to try at your own party this weekend!
We used our Super Bowl Party Invitation to get the party off to a good start. Then we searched through mnpartystore.com to find some decorations for the big game. We decided on the Football Field Table Cover, and two sets of napkins: First and Ten Football Beverage Napkins and First and Ten Luncheon Napkins.
What a fun idea for a party! A pie exchange, much like a cookie exchange but held within days of Thanksgiving, gives the guests a pie to take home for their thanksgiving feast. Check out these Thanksgiving party ideas from celebrations.com and you too can host a Thanksgiving Pie Exchange Party. Continue reading