A Whiskey Tasting Birthday Celebration

 A Whiskey Tasting Birthday Celebration

Imagine a 40th Birthday Celebration surrounded by family, friends, cake and a Whiskey Tasting Bar!! What more could a man ask for?

 It’s that time of year again….. Birthday Celebration time. When we celebrate “the Ron half” of JENRON DESIGNS!!!!  I got a little nostalgic thinking about my husband’s big 40th birthday party we had last year, what a fun day it was. This year he’s getting breakfast in bed and going to see Logan. This is all he’s asked for, thank God I got a simple man.

I decided that even though the pictures are not to my current blog quality standards, I feel the content and concept is still something I want to share for TBT. We truly went all out for this party and did a blind whiskey tasting bar for our guests. We paired the samples with a large variety of Ron’s favorite bar snacks. Let’s be honest it was an upscale frat party….hahaha, the only difference was higher quality whiskey. 

Okay it is very hard to come up with a theme for a 40 year old man’s birthday. Male birthday’s have a tendency to take on either a sports theme or Backyard BBQ feel. Since Ron has a winter birthday, BBQ in the yard was a no go. As for the sports…. well unless your are into NASCAR or golf, that’s all that is happening around this time of year. I decide I want something with a manly cigar bar feel. He doe not smoke, however he does love Jack Daniels, and always has. That’s it, a Jack Daniels themed whiskey tasting party.
 I decided to create a logo based on the Jack Daniels Old No. 7 logo.  I chose to make  it an old No.40 in honor of his 40th birthday. These are some of the cupcake toppers I handmade. I also created numbered tags for the blind whiskey tasting and food menus.

Here is a finished picture of the Jack Daniels Vanilla Bean & Honey Cupcakes. I infused the icing with Jack Daniels Honey and also put some inside the cake batter as well. They tasted pretty darn good if I do say so myself, just the right balance of the whiskey flavor. You can also see how the theme of Jack Daniels Logo was carries into the food ID cards.

 At a large party, 30+ people,  it is important to lable your food clearly. So many people today have food allergies, and by having proper labeling you can advert a crisis. I also like to make easy grab and go appetizers so it’s easy to mingle, like these cute crudite’ cups. Pre sliced peppers, tri-color carrots and celery with a ranch dip in the base makes it easy to grab and go with no hassle of carrying a plate.  

In addition to having basic party drinks of bottled water, sodas, tea and lemonade, which can all be used as mixers for stronger drinks. I had him pick 6 whiskey’s he wanted to try and of course we made No. 7 would be his favorite Jack Daniels. Above is how we set up the actual whiskey tasting bar. We actually placed the various Whiskey’s  into matching decanter’s with numbers for a blind tasting. Some had fun flavors whiskey’s, while others were more refined international blends like Canadian or Irish Whiskey. I was able to find plastic thimble sized shot glasses, at Oriental Trading Company.  That way people could try all 7 kinds,  without having 7 full shots of whiskey. We also had tasting sheets for people to guess or make notes of what they tasted from each bottle before the big reveal. 

When you have a large party it always nice to have a fun activity to commemorate the event. I rented a photo booth because lets be honest if your drinking a lot of whiskey who doesn’t want pictures of that? We used great local company which provided all the props and even was able to match our custom logo theme to the top of the commemorative pictures. As the host we received a CD of all pictures taken and the guests were able to request the number of copies they wanted from the photo attendant.

I always like to do party favors, or giveaways. To me if people take the time out of there busy lives to come to your event, you should make them feel special. I found this cute idea on Pintrest and I just added our Jack Daniels theme to it. As our guests would leave for the evening, we plied them with a “Hit the Road Jack n’Coke” for night cap for later. Who says the party has end after you go home right?

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42 Comments

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  6. I do think this is a great idea for a man’s birthday party. It has a great theme and I think all of his friends would really like it too.

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  9. Thank you so much for providing such a great idea for a guys birthday party. IT is hard to come up with a decent theme for the older guys. Thomas the train just won’t cut it, LOL

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  11. I really do fancy this idea a lot. You clever displays and darling handmade paper goods are quite good too. Do you sell them in a shop? Etsy maybe?

  12. I really wanted to make a comment to express gratitude to you for the marvelous strategies you are posting here. After a rather long internet lookup this has inspired me for my hubby’s birthday celebration theme. Thank you once more for all the details.

  13. This is one of the best ideas I haven seen for a man’s birthday celebration. I love that you made a whiskey tasting bar, that is very southern and I like it a lot.

  14. A lot of thanks for all your valuable work on this blog. This is a very inventive way to celebrate a momental birthday with out being overly themey. I think my husband will really like it a lot.

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  16. I need to pin this idea my husbands 30th Birthday is coming up this year and this is a fabulous theme. Love the idea of a tasting bar, I bet you hubby loved it. Thanks a whole lot for all of you great ideas, in case I have not commented on them all!

  17. I would like to show my appreciate for you ever growing list of great ideas. You are right men’s celebrations are a tricky thing to theme and host. This is really a home run for the guys.

  18. You really go all out with a theme. I love that and the fact you made all the favors and banners yourself. I am not that creative so I think I will need to search Esty, unless you actually make them too? I guess I am just hoping you have a side job cutting paper in a backroom somewhere. Seriously let me know if you make them for sale or if you know someone that would.

  19. I want to express my humble enthusiasm for this idea as I have been racking my brain for a good party idea for my husband’s 40th birthday coming up in April. This really is the perfect idea, since he is not a huge sports fan, other than Performance Car racing, which is not exactly a traditional sport. He also really like whiskey and bourbons so this idea is perfect.

  20. There’s noticeably a bundle to learn here about hosting a themed party. I assume you are aware how cool this whole idea is and you made sure to make some very nice points also.

  21. This is a really great theme for a mans birthday party. It has a rugged manly feel and sure would be a lot fun after all that whiskey is consumed.

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  23. I simply had to thank you for this great idea. We had a bourbon tasting party from my husband 40th this past year and everyone loved it. When I ran past your pin the other day I thought I should thank her and see what she’s been up too, quite a lot as I can see, I got some catching up to do.

  24. I enjoy you because of all your efforts on this site. How do you come up with all these great ideas, you mind must be running full steam all the the time. I bet you have a inspiration book like that publishing guys in ELF, you know the “Angry Elf from the south pole ” anyways thanks for this really great idea, I love the Hit the Road Jack & Cokes those are too cute.

  25. Aw, this was a really nice post. Thanks for taking time and effort to make an excellent article. I really love this idea it would even be good fro a graduation party, from college that is, over 21 only.

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  27. Interesting read , I am going to spend more time, planning my husband’s BIG 40th after reading this post. Guys are so hard to plan a party for, especially in the winter months.

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  30. Wonderful article! Great theme for a guys birthday, which are hard to come by they are all always sports, fishing or hunting. Way to class it up with a Whiskey Tasting event, thank you for sharing your knowledge.

  31. Major thankies for the excellent blog post. I love the theme for a man’s birthday, such a great idea. Thanks Again. Really Cool.

  32. Your style is so unique in comparison to other people I have read stuff from. Thank you for posting when you have the opportunity, Guess I will just book mark this web site.

  33. As girls wearing those hats that are made to appear like animal heads: not at all. Cool idea for a 40th birthday bash, I really appreciate the whiskey theme, minus those hats, haha.

  34. At last! Something clear I can understand. Thanks!

  35. Thanks for your post I really enjoyed the party ideas and the super cute, Hit the Road Jack ‘n Coke’s. Thanks for sharing. Peace.

  36. Thank you for some excellent posts. Where else may anyone get that type of information for a party? As a college student it seems like a great theme.

  37. Oh please do!!! It is so hard to come up with a good party theme for men. I was lucky that he loves his JD, and it made a fun theme. Thanks for following 🙂

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