08 Mar

St. Patrick’s Day: Beer Tasting Happy Hour

St. Patricks Day: Beer Tasting Happy Hour

A BEER TASTING Happy Hour – what a perfect idea for St. Patrick’s Day! And Sandra from The White Library and Sandra Downey Event Designs did such a great job with this one…

From the vibrant orange/green color palette and stylish stationery elements (complete with Irish-style fonts) – to the creative presentation of the “happy hour size” food, this party has such a chic, modern vibe to it… this is even a great idea for a small crew of your closest friends! (And between the beer tasting and the meatball sliders, this particular theme should be an easy sell to your favorite guy/co-host, too!)

St. Patricks Day: Beer Tasting Happy Hour

Read on for lots more fun images & party details…

St. Patricks Day: Beer Tasting Happy Hour

St. Patricks Day: Beer Tasting Happy Hour

St. Patricks Day: Beer Tasting Happy Hour

St. Patricks Day: Beer Tasting Happy Hour

St. Patricks Day: Beer Tasting Happy Hour


PARTY DETAILS, as told by Sandra

“Everyone does wine tastings, so I thought a beer tasting theme would be different, fun and in line with St. Patrick’s Day activities!

I chose traditional Irish flag colors of green orange and white, but tried to keep the feel chic and modern. The invitation was a DIY printable invitation from Green Apple Paperie. I matted it with orange card stock and embellished it with white ribbon.

I purchased 5 different beer types, removed all the labels and re-labeled the bottles 1-5 with removable labels. Upon arrival, each guest received a tasting card. On the tasting card, each beer is represented by its number, alongside a 4-stars rating system that guests used to rate the beers. There were little tasting cups that were also labeled 1-5 so that each beer could be tasted by everyone.

A “HAPPY HOUR” banner banner hung over the food table. Light food was servedjust as you’d find during happy hour at a restaurant! Meatloaf sliders, shrimp cocktail, trail mix and loaded mashed potatoes. I picked up the mini bowls and mini martini glasses at Pier 1. Plates were lined with pretty scrapbook paper I found at Jo-Ann’s. The flowers were picked out from my local grocery store’s floral department.

I collaborated with Katie of Green Apple Paperie to design the party printables, including the Happy Hour banner, tasting cards, food tent cards and slider flags. I used a glue gun to adhere the slider flags to tooth picks, and also to attach the banner letters to white ribbon. Additionally, white ribbon was used to make a bow on each end of the banner.”


– Styling & Design: Sandra Downie of The White Library
– St. Patrick’s Day Beer Tasting Printables: Green Apple Paperie

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Carissa SAYS:

Great idea for an adult party!!!

Reply March 8, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Vicki murray SAYS:

FUN!!!!! Love this…colors, theme, everything!!!

Reply March 8, 2011 at 3:20 pm

Elizabeth SAYS:

Wow so fun! I”m passing this along to my friend who always hosts an adults only St. Patty’s party.

Reply March 8, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Yum Yum Tables SAYS:

Oooo, those mini burgers…I bet ya can’t just have one! =)

Reply March 8, 2011 at 4:14 pm

susan@pocacosa SAYS:

Looks like such a fun party! Love it!

Reply March 8, 2011 at 7:04 pm

Holiday Glee SAYS:

Definitely some great idas and those burgers do look yummy

Reply March 8, 2011 at 10:26 pm


Those printables really spice up the tasting cups! Everything in the orange and green is so bright and happy! Looks fun with great food choices!

Reply March 9, 2011 at 6:14 am

Holly SAYS:

ADORABLE! You just don’t see many FUN adult parties anymore. I LOVE IT! Can’t wait to give it a try.

Reply March 9, 2011 at 1:57 pm

ann SAYS:

where did you get the sliders or did ou cooked them yourself? I’m hosting a baby shower & i need to get atleast a 100 piece of sliders/burger.


Reply March 9, 2011 at 11:32 pm

Elizabeth SAYS:

That looks like such a fun and entertaining St. Patty’s day party-so festive.I love all the labels for the food and beer.

I found this on the site, it would be awesome if you were grilling anything!

St. Patrick’s Day Irish Shamrock Cast Iron Branding Grill Iron Accessory http://coolproducts.com/shop/product/St_Patrick_s_Day_Irish_Shamrock_Cast_Iron_Branding_Grill_Iron_Accessory

Elizabeth Lembeck

Reply March 11, 2011 at 9:37 am

rivernorthlove SAYS:

Love this, it’s the perfect grown up St. Patty’s Day celebration. Can’t wait to share, thanks! {http:\\rivernorthlove.blogspot.com}

Reply March 16, 2011 at 8:11 am

Sarah Smith SAYS:

Love the beer tasting idea! Seems like a lot of work! But would def be worth it!

Reply March 26, 2011 at 5:36 pm

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