26 May

Modern Beer Tasting Birthday Party

beer tasting 30th birthday party

You had me at “Beer Here“…and I’m just loving everything about this BEER TASTING birthday party by Ashley. The concept is so simple, but super fun! What a great way to celebrate a milestone birthday and sample a bunch of unique beers all at the same time!

From the cool signage and pub food, to the amazing bottle cap cake – (great minds think alike, I had a similar cake made for my hubby’s 29th birthday!) – to the fully stocked drink stations, Ashley incorporated every guy’s favorite things: BEER and FOOD. She obviously knows the way to a man’s heart!

beer tasting 30th birthday party

Read on for more festive party photos and creative details…

Set up & Tap

Beer Tasting Invitation

beer tasting 30th birthday party

Dessert and Details

Beer Snacks

Empty Bottles


PARTY DETAILS, as told by Ashley…

“I had a beer-tasting party for my husband’s 30th birthday party.

 The concept was simple: guests brought a 6-pack of beer in one of the following categories: ale, lager or stout/dark.

Each station was in a different area of the house, and people were free to try whatever they wanted, whenever they wanted. Each station was equipped with cups, napkins, a bottle opener, place for beer caps, and a place to take notes about beers they loved or hated. The sample cups gave people the opportunity to pour some of the beer into a cup, instead of drinking the entire bottle. We also had a pony keg of a Kansas City local favorite (Boulevard Wheat) on tap.

We ended up with about 15 different beers at each station, and it was a fabulous time. We plan on turning this party into an annual Octoberfest event!

For food, I did a bunch of bar food type appetizers – buffalo chicken dip, taquitos, jalapeno poppers, chicken enchilada dip, beer dip, etc. Downstairs I did a snack bar with spicy nuts, mixed nuts, pub mix, tobassco popcorn and seasoned oyster crackers. At the dessert bar was cake, mini cupcakes and brownies. The bottle cap cake was rocky road with cookies ‘n’ cream filling. The mini cupcakes were strawberry, lemon, carrot and peanut butter. And the cream cheese brownies were made by my amazing grandmother!

My favorite pictures are from the day after, when we lined up all the empty beer bottles on the bar.”


– Party Styling & Graphic Design: by the party hostess – Ashley!
– Cake & Cupcakes: Cake by Combs
– Napkins: ForYourParty.com


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jackandlill SAYS:

Wow, I love this idea! My husband would flip for this :)

May 26, 2011 at 7:48 am

Mindy SAYS:

LOVE this! what a fun “manly” theme. reminds me of college, but a little less crazy haha

May 26, 2011 at 7:56 am

Annika @ Cakes Likes A Party SAYS:

This is TOTALLY fab! I love the simplicity of the cake, the clean graphics, and the concept in general – everything is just perfect! Great job Ashley!

May 26, 2011 at 8:47 am

K. McGuire SAYS:

OMgoodness! My boyfriend would love this… any day, not just a birth day! lol

May 26, 2011 at 9:21 am

Ashley Miller SAYS:

Thanks ladies! I had a blast with this party. We’ve decided to come it an annual event, and I’ve started dreaming up what to add this time around.

May 26, 2011 at 10:10 am

Liz Scheniman SAYS:

Ok, this is a fantastic party theme – I just love it!
I especially love the party snack station….what fun!

May 26, 2011 at 10:13 am

Linda @ Lemon Drop Team SAYS:

What a terrific idea! My boyfriend’s turning 30 this year and he would LOVE this theme. I agree with K. McGuire, anyday would be fun! to host this event!

May 26, 2011 at 11:48 am


This is unique, as far as I can tell. I love how my male friends and brothers would pour over this.

May 26, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Leila | Be Inspired PR SAYS:

SUCH a great idea!

May 27, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Elizabeth SAYS:

What a fun party. My husband is turning 40 next year and this would be perfect. His friends are going to love it too!

May 28, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Susan Huber SAYS:

This party plan has it all: a great theme that was carried out with attention to detail, an opportunity for guests to have fun and interact and visual appeal! Fabulous ideas for those men in our lives!

May 28, 2011 at 6:25 pm

Erica SAYS:

Well put together. Great cake idea.

May 31, 2011 at 12:22 am

T.Lillian SAYS:

What a nice party…full of great ideas! I was wondering where you found the yard sign holder. I’ve never seen one like that before.

May 31, 2011 at 9:29 am

Amber-Lee SAYS:

This is the party I would loved to have had last week for my husband’s 30th. However, we live in student housing at a religious school that doesn’t allow alcohol on it’s campus. So, I had to settle for a zombie theme.

June 2, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Meagan Darrow SAYS:

HI! I am totally doing this theme for my husband’s 30th! Anyway you would share the invites and printables?

June 29, 2011 at 8:43 pm

Kelly SAYS:

I love all of your ideas and how classy it turned out even with it being a beer party, looks amazing! May I ask where you purchased the glass bowls that hold the snacks or what that type of bowl is called? Also, where did you get the signage? Everything looks so nice :)

July 15, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Jennifer SAYS:

I found those type of glass bowls the other day at Garden Ridge – they were $10 each….:)

July 23, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Jennifer SAYS:

I absolutely love this idea! I am going to do this for my husband’s 30th as well. Like someone asked before, would you be willing to share/charge a small fee for the invite graphic and printables?…I would TOTALLY appreciate it – on a budget and you would make my day…well actually my whole month! My daughter’s 1st birthday is 10 days before my husband’s so I have alot of expenses coming my way.

PS – I have a friend who has an amazing recipe for Guinness Beer cupcakes, I’ll share with you if you are interested :)

July 23, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Gina SAYS:

Great idea…looks like a great evening with friends and family. Were can I find The “Beers to Remember” note pad?
Thank you

August 8, 2011 at 9:20 am

Kate SAYS:

Love this idea! Just wondering if you made the invitations yourself or had them printed.

September 22, 2011 at 11:23 am

Rachel J SAYS:

I just found your blog and what a treat to find this post on the beer tasting birthday party. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it and can’t wait to use your ideas. Thanks for sharing!

October 5, 2011 at 11:12 am
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