Monday, October 22, 2012

Beer Tasting Birthday Bash

My Dad and his twin sister turned the big 50 last month! My mother in and I decided to throw them a party but were struggling to find a gender neutral theme besides he usual "over the hill", black, or your super old themes. After much thought and hours of pouring over Pinterest I came up with an idea I thought would suit them both, Beer tasting!

Once we had our theme nailed down, it was time to discuss decor. With the help of Pinterest yet again and a little of our own imaginations, we came up with several beer themed decorations made from bottle caps. { If you are one of the many people who collected bottle caps for me for weeks, I appreciate it so so much, thanks again}

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 For the names, I sat and hot glued each bottle cap into place. I had plenty of tiny cuts and burns on my finger when I was finished to show for my hard work.

I also glued caps to empty formula cans to make a utensil holder and for people to toss their bottle caps into when opening their beers.

Extra bottle caps inside of punch cups with some flame less candles, made for nice lighting all around the party.

We picked 5 different kinds of beer for people to sample. We labled each bucket with a number and then the numbers were written on the chalk board. We set out little cups and after tasting each one, guests marked their favorites on the board (of course I didnt get a picture of this after it was done)

We also had tubs of soda, water, and regular domestic beer for non-drinkers and picky drinkers.

Of course, its not a party with out food! Once again, I was caught up in keeping things flowing for the party and did'nt get to take pictures of it all, but this was our menu.
Baby Burger Sliders

                                                                  Veggies and Dip

                                                                  Not pictured

                                        Baby Brat Sliders
                                        Solo Cup Tacos
                                         Mini Cheesecakes
                                         Mini Apple pies

Several guests also brought along snakc mixes, popcorn, sausage and cheese etc. which we placed around the tables along with some "50 sucks" suckers and candy.

Most of the buckets, bowels, platters, etc were purchased at the Dollar Tree, Wal-Mart, or Target and most were on clearance. Since we wanted to write the numbers on the buckets and the names of the food dishes on the platters, we taped off and spray painted lables on them with chalkboard paint. The bottle caps were free and we borrowed corn hole boards for some mid party entertainment. All in all it was a great party! I had a great time planning it and I think the guests had a nice time too!

Some fun party people, including my grandma

The birthday girl, deep in conversation

Isabelle had a blast running around all night with her cousins

Birthday boy!

Two of my favorite men, My daddy and my brother

My other mother, Janny Janny

My actual mother

Even the dogs had fun

Happy 50th!!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Jude, 9 months

I have already filled you in on what Isabelle has been up to, so here is what our baby boy Jude has been doing!

Swinging out in the yard with sissy

Jude has learned a lot since we have spoken last! He is sitting up, crawling, pulling up, traveling, and has developed a love for tv..

Captivated my Elmo

Let's get a little closer

Trying to kiss Elmo

In yet another tv trance, the show??

Dr. Oz!!

Hi Dr. Oz!

Besides tv, Jude also loves music. He will crawl towards any music he hears, loves musical toys, and has a blast banging his drum...

He is always making funny faces...

Innocent angel face

Always drooling, working on my one tooth


Crawling around Miss Molly's classroom

Sideways tongue

Looking like his cousin LP

Speaking of cousins, Jude got to meet his cousin, and future best friend Charlie! 

They had an awesome time grabbing, babbling, and looking at each other..

Jude has also earned a new nickname...Houdini. Since he has started crawling, he is EVERYWHERE and into EVERYTHING. He even works his way through my many make shift barriers..

Helping himself to some chips


Hi mom

I made it

Since big sister has started school, Jude has had to adjust to her schedule. This means pushing nap time until after lunch which makes for a sleepy boy...

He just couldn't make it

Poor  boy

But he is always happy, tired or not..

Jude Lucas, 9 months