My husband’s birthday is in March and I’m always looking for a creative party to throw him that isn’t too girly or formal. The idea of a beer party or brew bash came to me and I had the best time thinking of ways to decorate and food to serve. This party was a huge success and can easily be used for a fun, low-key, St. Patrick’s Day bash, as well as any other men’s birthday party, game day, etc. Keep reading for all of the fun details:
Set The Scene
I had a lot of fun creating this beer-themed bash. Rather than setting up a formal beer tasting, I decided to keep it simple as a brew bash. I wanted the vibe to be casual and laid-back with beer being the star. Cover your tables with green table cloths to keep it festive. I used beer-themed posters as a backdrop to the food and dessert tables. You can find these easily at places like Amazon. I used boxes and books underneath the table cloth to create levels so that the tables had dimension and also so things were easier to grab. I filled labeled galvanized buckets with ice and created “categories” like IPA, Imports, Pale Ales, etc so guests knew what sort of beer they were grabbing. I also filled empty beer bottles with fake stalks of wheat (super easy and cheap!). I also filled clear vases with bottle caps and as the night went on, guests kept adding their beer caps to it!
Because this was a brew-themed bash, I asked every guest to bring their favorite beer. Then, I separated the beer into labeled galvanized buckets filled with ice based on the type of beer. This made it easy for guests to select a beer based on the type of beer but try new brands. It was so fun to watch people discover new favorites and try new beers that they otherwise wouldn’t have tried. Additionally, we provided a keg of a local favorite beer in Redlands, Hangar 24. I always like to have other options for guests that may not necessarily like beer so I also made a beverage dispenser of this Raspberry Beer cocktail that was still on theme but a different option for those that didn’t want to drink just plain beer. The ladies loved this one! Be sure to set out garnishes like oranges and limes for the beer as well. For St. Patty’s Day you could also feature a Green Beer for guests to try.
The perfect compliment to any brew bash is pub-type food. For our brew-tastic menu, we served sliders, jalepeno poppers, nachos, and french fries. I also had containers full of pub mix, peanut butter stuffed pretzels, and peanuts. Since everything was easy to grab and eat while standing, it allowed for more mingling and socializing and gave the party a casual, laid-back atmosphere. You could also do soft pretzels, popcorn, hot wings, macaroni and cheese shooters, Irish stew, the sky is the limit!
For dessert, I stuck with the beer theme and made these delicious Guiness pretzel brownies and Blue Moon citrus cupcakes. Because it was my husband’s birthday, I also made his favorite, “Better Than Sex” cake.
Fun & Games
Any sort of drinking game will make this party a blast. Some of our favorites are Beer Pong, King’s Cup, and Flip Cup. We also set up a poker table and many of our guests started playing poker as the night winded down. You could also provide your guests with a scorecard to vote for their favorite beer.
How do you guys celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? The older I get the more I want to stay in and throw at-home parties rather than hit the bars downtown. This year with a baby my big plans include reading this adorable Leprechaun book to my 5 month old after her bedtime bottle. Cheers!