Memorial day weekend was almost a month ago, I can’t believe it! Seems like just yesterday we were celebrating my dad’s 60th birthday with a Mustache and Beer Bash theme. The party included beer flavored cupcakes, a beer tasting and pub snacks, temporary mustache tattoos and fuzzy stick on mustaches, and custom decorations. Read all the way through to find the free printable!
Mustache and Beer Bash
The giant ’60’ was from another memorable 60th birthday at the cabin that we were able to reuse for this event. My mom made the wood and bottle cap ‘Beer’ sign using hot glue. Turned out pretty great! The letter J covered in bottle caps was also a crafty idea of my mom’s while I made the frame with the bottle caps and all of the graphics. We reused 6-pack holders for snacks such as popcorn, peanuts, cheese-its mix and pretzels.
The beers were selected from World Market, we tasted in order from light to dark. There were actually two rounds, the second round had another dark beer, a sour beer, hard root beer, hard iced tea, hard ginger beer and hard pear cider. Twelve drinks were tasted in total, which seems like a lot however we used small party shot glasses with mustache stickers to taste the different beers. Don’t worry we didn’t fill them full. We also tried to take our time consuming the drinks. Gramma seemed to really enjoy the drinks too, and she doesn’t usually drink!
We used a bunch of pictures of my dad through the years to decorate as well as custom beer bottle labels. I brought my Instax mini Camera to capture some of the mustache shenanigans. I also made Chocolate Stout Cupcakes with cream cheese frosting adapted from this recipe. The wood rounds may look familiar from the Forest Friends Baby Shower!
Chose your font and size. I used Canva.com to create my letters, but word or page would also work. Print out your paper and carefully cut out the letters. I used my little Slice ceramic blade.
Piece the paper together if you needed to and tape down to your plank. I used a scrap of leftover incense cedar from our fence building project. Maybe eventually I’ll do a yard tour so you can see the new side yard fence.
Carefully paint the letters. I only needed one coat of paint.
Touch up as needed with a finer tipped brush if needed.
Once the paint is dry, coat it with a clear coat to protect it – especially if its going outside.
It looked perfect on the mantle for Oktoberfest. I may end up drilling holes and adding a rope to hang it up in the yard. We’ll see.
We tried our had at home brew a couple of weeks ago. Its now ready to be kegged and tried. Our inaugural beer was an IPA. I got J a kit off of monster brew for his birthday and we finally had a chance to play with it. It was a fun learning experience, even if the beer doesn’t end up tasting all that good, we now know more about the science behind it.
Two weeks ago we ventured into Norfolk, specifically the Ghent area. The first time was for sushi, J found a really fantastic little spot Kotobuki sushi bar. They had a great vegetarian selection and it felt very authentic. We’ll be going back I’m sure! The second time was for beer. We found Smartmouth brewing on Yelp and had to check it out because of our love of craft beer and J’s dream to open up a brew-pub eventually. We each had a flight of beer and a pretzel. The pretzel was super dry and tough, I’ve had better (Naked City Brewing is a personal favorite). I liked the first 4 beers I tried out of the flight, their amber was more like a Guinness and I didn’t care for the IPA’s, Jordan liked the IPA’s but didn’t care for the beers that relied on additional citrus flavoring (he doesn’t like Blue Moon). We thought about doing their tour, however, we’ve done the Redhook tour a few times so we know how beer is made. We’re still going to keep looking for other local breweries to check out though. I really want to check this one winery, Mermaid Winery in Norfolk. I hope it doesn’t disappoint. There are mermaid sculptures all over Norfolk and Dolphin sculptures all over Virginia Beach. Hence, mermaid winery in Norfolk.
beer flight (there were 6, if you look just up and to the right you see the 1st of 6 beers not in the tray) and pretzel.