Friday, March 9, 2012

Cheers for Beer!

My friend Sha and I helped our boyfriends celebrate their 30th birthday this past weekend. We planned a casual beer tasting party with lots of beer, tacos, snacks and sweets. I got the idea for the Beer Tasting Party from seeing it here on Hostess with the Mostess Blog.

We wanted to keep it manly and going with the beer theme went with the colors brown, tan and touches of red.

I took over the dessert table and created desserts based on the theme colors and the boy’s favorite sweets.  

Salted Caramel Macarons - I made a Swiss meringue butter cream and added Trader Joe's Salted Caramel Sauce to make this. The salted caramel flavor was really light. I'm going to add more salted caramel the next time I make this.

Red Velvet Cake Balls. I flew to Las Vegas and had these cake balls already in the mini cupcake liners. They got screwed up during the travel. Next time I travel with cake balls, I would wait until I prep the table to put the cake balls on the mini cupcake liners.

I love these. 

I used Martha Stewart's Cream Cheese Brownies Recipe found here. Delicious.

This cake was bought at a local bakery in Las Vegas. It was sooooo good!

My friend Gee made an awesome banana pudding. I'm sad we didn't get a picture of it on the dessert table. 

I told my boyfriend we should have a faux photo booth area in his backyard, where people could take pictures with their camera phones. He thought it was a bit much, but Sha loved the idea, and being control freaks we are, went ahead with it. :P 

I had a gold table cloth I used for Thanksgiving and we nailed it against the wall. I had some masquerade masks left over from a New Year’s Party and used them as props and also created personal callouts using Microsoft Word. This is really simple to do and there are so many photo booth prop templates you can find online and print for free. Some of the tutorials used dowels and attached them to the props; you can buy them at your local craft or home good store, like Michaels or Lowes. We were running around during the day and this was something I forgot to get. I was pretty bummed about it until the boyfriend suggested disposable chopsticks. Genius!

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