08 Aug

Scotch & Chocolate 40th Birthday Party

It probably has something to do with working on this post, but nothing sounds better right about now than indulging in some good Scotch and Chocolate. Since I don’t actually have either of them on hand, I will just have to settle for this incredibly fresh and creative Scotch & Chocolate 40th Birthday Party by the talented Stephanie of Spaceships & Laser Beams. She adapted her vintage car theme collection to use for her husband’s birthday party and I just love every bit of it (even the little boy peaking behind the cake…see below)!

Everything about this party is unique & different…a.k.a. refreshing! I love that the guests came to the party for some fun, but also got a good dose of Scotch “education”, as well! The vintage cars, beautiful floral arrangements, wooden pedestals, bunting banners, and vibrant color palette all came together beautifully. Oh, and don’t get me started on all the beautiful chocolates – from truffles to the fudge, they all look delicious! Even the bite-sized food (which happens to all be vegan) was perfectly displayed!

Please read on for more FRESH photos + all the party details…


PARTY DETAILS, as told by Stephanie. . .

“It’s a fact only known to the most dedicated of scotch drinkers that single malt scotch and chocolate go together like peanut butter and jam. So when my husband Mike was turning 40, we knew immediately that we were going to throw a chocolate and scotch tasting party. Separately, they’re my husband’s two favorite food groups. Together, they’re amazing as the different flavored chocolate can bring out different flavors in the single malt. Because of the vibe of the event, we used the Spaceships and Laser Beams vintage car printable collection as our party decor.”

Single Malt Scotches:
– The Macallan, 18 yr
– Lagavulin, 16 yr
– Glen Breton Rare, 10 yr
– The Balvenie, 12 year old
(Because some of our guests were scotch novices — including those who had never tasted scotch before — we did little write-up on each. We also had other beverages on hand.)

– Handmade truffles
– Handmade chocolates
– Chocolate covered pretzels
– Chocolate peanut butter fudge
– Chocolate chip cookies

Bit-sized Food Menu: (all vegan and super delicious)
Hot wing with Blue Cheese Pizza Bites
Mini crab cake with Pea Puree
Mushroom, carmelized onion and brie bread pudding mini muffins
Cucumber cups with dill cream cheese
Tomato, basil, caprese style toothpick kebab
Avocado and mango salad rolls

Birthday Cake:
Orange and Basil (amazing)


– Catering and Baked Goods: Goodness Bakeshop
– Vintage Car Printables, Photography & Styling: Spaceships and Laser Beams
– Printable Designer: Janelle, Hello Dear

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Corin SAYS:

This is amazing, and the food looks super yummy, too!

August 8, 2011 at 3:43 pm

gigi SAYS:

Adoro ver suas festa, otimas ideias, muito bom gosto, parabéns!

August 8, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Carmen SAYS:

This is such an original and clever idea for a party! Beautifully executed.

August 8, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Stephanie @ Spaceships and Laser Beams SAYS:

So exciting! Thanks so much for featuring this party!

August 8, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Amber-Lee SAYS:

Yup, make the deco a little more feminine and I think we’ve found my next bday party!

August 8, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Priscilla SAYS:

Gorgeous party! I love the scotch theme. The food looks great, but unlikely to be vegan, with blue cheese and brie. I bet the vegetarian guests were very pleased, though!

August 8, 2011 at 5:57 pm

Stephanie @ Spaceships and Laser Beams SAYS:

Tofu :-) I should have put air quotes around the “cheeses”.

August 8, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Sweet Pea Event SAYS:

So adorable and fun! Looks like a great time!


August 8, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Christina SAYS:

I love this theme!

August 8, 2011 at 7:00 pm

MonogrammedEverything.com! SAYS:

Seriously. Adorable. Love it.

August 9, 2011 at 2:04 pm

Jess SAYS:

Great idea! On the summary about the scotch did you write up the history of each scotch or something else?

August 9, 2011 at 6:21 pm

Stephanie @ Spaceships and Laser Beams SAYS:

Thanks for asking! We identified the region it was from and talked about the tastes and smells they would experience. Most of the information is available in the marketing materials or on the websites of each single malt scotch.

August 10, 2011 at 7:21 am

Rocio Rincon SAYS:

What a lovely theme! I love the decor and the food looks so yummy! Great ツ


Rocio R.

August 10, 2011 at 11:12 am

Pear Tree Greetings SAYS:

What a fabulous idea for a masculine 40th birthday party! It all looks so yummy!! -Steph

August 11, 2011 at 2:48 pm

art deco engagement rings SAYS:

My husband loves the scotch!

August 12, 2011 at 3:44 am

katrina SAYS:

50’s retro vibe underlaying here, but not over the top! I love it… perfect little touches here and there

August 19, 2011 at 5:46 am

Joelle SAYS:

love the ideas!

January 20, 2012 at 10:14 am

Tara SAYS:

Thanks for the inspiration! I did a similar party idea as a result – Scotch & Sauce Party http://bit.ly/xzEnfF

January 30, 2012 at 6:56 am

Laurel SAYS:

WOW!!! I have been racking my brain for an idea for my husbands 29th birthday this year – I am going to tailor it a little bit but i LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea

February 6, 2012 at 8:28 pm

Lena SAYS:

Where can I find the summary cards you used? I am planning a scotch tasting Birthday party for my husband’s 30th birthday and I love your ideas! Very similar to what I was looking to do :)

June 6, 2012 at 5:37 pm

eric SAYS:

Since when does vegan eat chicken wings or crab meat?

November 28, 2012 at 7:48 am

Robert SAYS:

Looks like a wonderful time

January 27, 2013 at 8:54 am
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