I turned 34 last Wednesday and wanted to throw a party that reflected the things I love: (1) the colors teal and green, (2) pork and bacon and (3) beer!
When I looked at other "beer tasting" parties for inspiration, everything I saw was masculine. I thought, hey girls like beer too! So that's why I decided to do a beer tasting with a feminine touch -- i.e. lots of pretty paper, flowers and teal and green. In addition, I love pork! My friend has a caja china -- which is one way to roast a pig above ground. We placed 80 pounds of pasture raised pork from Marin Sun Farms inside the wooden caja and put hot coals on top -- the radiant heat from the coals slow roasted the meat over four hours.
Putting Pork + beer together, I came up with a clever name for my party theme: Oinks and Hops! I asked guests to bring a 6-pack of beer (assigned by first name) of varieties ranging from lager, stout, wheat beer, amber ale, and more to share and taste.
|Caja china for hog roast - photo by Brittany Piehl (c) 2012|
|Vanilla bean root bear float mini cupcakes - photo by Vera Devera (c) 2012|
Outside we strung bistro lights and decorated the tables with teal-green ombre linens. I tied green-blue striped napkins with twine and paper hearts for the lime green cutlery. For the buffet, I potted succulents in bargain bin silver pails from Target and I wrote the names of the dishes on chalkboard garden markers with a wet erase chalk pen. Green paper lanterns covered some of the bistro light bulbs and a fringe garland hung above paper mache "CHEERS". I also set out a mini bucket of paper mustaches on straws -- for guests who wanted to have a little fun drinking their root beer.
|Keep Calm & Eat Bacon Custom Stamp by Lush Prints - photo by Jill Kunishima (c) 2012|
At the end of the night, my friends lit sparklers and dainty candles and brought my cute chevron cake out to me. One of my favorite photos of the night is of me blowing out the candles, hands clasped as I made a wish.
|Make a wish! - photo by Alison Okabayashi (c) 2012|
Being surrounded by my wonderful friends and eating and drinking a delicious spread was the best ever!
- Event coordination and design: Va de Vie Events/self; www.vadevie-events.com
- Cake: Two for Two Cakes, www.twofortwocakes.com
Stamp: Lush Prints, http://www.etsy.com/shop/
- Banner: http://www.etsy.com/shop/
- Invitation: Paperless Post, www.paperlesspost.com
Blank coasters: http://www.etsy.com/shop/
- Paper mustache straw kit: http://www.etsy.com/shop/
|Devil's foodcake twink with maple buttercream & candied bacon by Two for Two Cakes|