Good Bye Summer

9 Sep

Fall is my favorite season.  The weather is cooler, running outside seems less dreadful, and the pumpkin spice latte is back at Starbucks! It’s a beautiful time of the year and filled with entertaining options.  Whether you are planning a Halloween gathering, Thanksgiving fest, or festive holiday weekend there are so many opportunities to create great events in the comfort of your own home.  Each week I will highlight a few of my favorite ideas, DIY projects, and simple recipes to help entertain with ease.

Short and Stout Party:

There is a new restaurant in town called World of Beer. I have not had the chance to visit yet but I have heard a lot of good things and last time I drove by there was a swarm of people standing outside.  So when I came across a beer-tasting party here. I immediately started planning one of my own.  It just so happens that my fiancé has a birthday coming up so I have a legitimate reason to plan a party.

The concept of the beer-tasting party is similar to a wine tasting (minus the swirling and sipping). 

Set-Up:  Three stations in different areas of the house. Ale, Lager, and Stout.  Supply each station with beer in a beverage tub with ice, a bottle opener, napkins, cups, notepads, pens, tasting cups, and a place for bottle caps.

Fun detail: You can have napkins personalized with kitschy sayings.  Check here, here, and here.  

Food: You can “wow” guests by setting up a simple yet sophisticated snack bar.  Visit the local gourmet market for snacks such as trail mix, bourbon pralines, peanut butter pretzel nuggets, and wasabi mix. The supermarket also has an array of microwave popcorn. A mix of popcorn and nuts would look great in clear glass vases. Include a serving spoon to keep hands out of the bowls and signs with snack names to help guest determine what they are eating!  For a light snack opt for bar-type food- Buffalo wings, a variety of dips, Swedish meatballs, cheese and crackers, and fresh vegetables and fruit. 

Dessert:  Mini cupcakes, cookies, and brownies…or anything else your heart desires. I would opt for mini desserts that are easy to eat and easier to clean up.  

Beer: Ask each couple to bring a chilled 6-pack of ale, lager, or stout. You can find a great selection of beer at local liquor stores, Whole Foods Market, and The Fresh Market. 

Options: Include a wine bar or martini bar for the guests that do not drink beer.  I personally do not like beer and there might be a few invited guests that feel the same way.

Party Favor: With all the left over beer let your guest build their own six-pack. You can find to-go drink boxes at Sam’s Club or here.



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