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 parties 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 you’re 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 does 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 carried into the food ID cards.
At a large party of  30+ people,  it is important to label your food clearly. So many people today have food allergies, and having proper labeling you can advert a possible 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, on Amazon.  That way people could try all 7 kinds,  without having 7 full shots of whiskey. We also had tasting sheets for our guests to try and 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 let’s be honest if your drinking a lot of whiskey you are going to want pictures of that, am I right? 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, so everyone got a souvenir.
I always love to do party favors, or giveaways for my guests. To me if people take the time out of there busy lives to come to your event, you should make them feel special and send them away with a little thank you. I found this cute idea on Pinterest 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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  1. Great ideas! I may have to steal this idea for my husband!

  2. 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 🙂

  3. Kay Lasoon

    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.

  4. Kendall

    At last! Something clear I can understand. Thanks!

  5. Gwenelda

    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.

  6. Tristan

    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.

  7. Ocana Vittal

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

  8. Glenda

    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.

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  11. cours de theatre

    Wow, great blog article. Thanks, again. Much obliged.

  12. Farmhouse Fixer Upper

    I appreciate you sharing this article such great ideas for a guy, Really thank you!

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  14. The DIY girl

    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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  16. April Helmsworth

    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 for a college graduation party, over 21 only.

  17. Jewel Carter

    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.

  18. NVMD

    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.

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  20. Yanitza

    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.

  21. Ashley Meaurs

    There’s 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.

  22. the cheap jordan’s

    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.

  23. gigi58

    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.

  24. Gloria Flacks

    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.

  25. Sundie Breyland

    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!

  26. The Wooly Farmhouse

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  27. Georgia Gal

    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.

  28. Home at Mimi’s

    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.

  29. Ollie in the UK

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  30. Terry Haide

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

  31. Thank you for the kind comment and for checking out my blog. No I currently do not have a Etsy shop for the paper goods however I can refer to a really great local one if your are interested?

  32. Addie Mae Says

    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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  35. My Sunnies

    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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  39. Poloma

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  42. Bentley

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  43. Crafty Minks

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  45. Chip

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  47. Kimmie Pearson

    I have to voice my opinion, I am in total agreement about trying to pull together a man’s birthday celebration with out it seeming to juvenile. I love all the favors and details your added to make his day one to remember.

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  51. the cheap jordan’s

    Aw, this was a really nice post. In thought I think my husband would love party like this one. I may have to keep this trick up my sleeve for a big one.

  52. Nadeen Tallent

    I am not sure what I could possibly follow this celebration. I would have to say no more birthdays after this huge blow out!

  53. The Delightful Farmhouse

    You have a first rate idea here for a guys birthday! I know it can be difficult to find a party theme that is not to juvenile which is pretty ironic when you think about it 😛

  54. I think my son would love a party like this for his 30th I will have to send this link to his wife.

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  60. Michelle James

    Your husband is a lucky guy. What a stellar party, I bet your all your friends loved it.

  61. Junkman's Daughter

    I think this is excellent idea. You attention to detail is spot on as always. Love those cute cupcake toppers.

  62. Dawn Black

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  63. Urban Farmhouse

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  65. Heather

    Ooo la la, I love this whiskey and bourbon bar idea. I might just have to do this for a Derby Party in May.

  66. Jelane

    I wanted to tell this is best guys birthday party theme I have seen. You did a great job on the banner, favors and food signage. Love it all.

  67. Paul George

    My pals an I ended up hosting a version of this with bourbon and we had the best time. Great idea.

  68. Selma Black

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  69. Kelly Titus

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  71. Chili Peppers @ Midnight

    Such a great idea. Thanks!

  72. Lena Colquit

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  74. Enzo Polito

    Cool idea, bottoms up. Saluti!

  75. Thanks for sharing this great birthday celebration idea. I do not know what I might have created without these tips you shared, I was at a total loss.

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  77. Maysz

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  78. Addison Lipinski

    Thanks a lot for providing such great idea for a guys birthday! This is the perfect solution to my husband upcoming event. Maybe a tequila bar since is in May, for Cinco de Mayo.

  79. Toni Ruehl

    Some days the best thing that you can hope for is toast that isn’t burnt. I have a feeling that this celebration was not one of those days for your hubby.

  80. Terri Beavers

    Thank you a lot for providing individuals with terrific possiblity to host a killer party. This is such a great idea perfect for a 21st birthday bash for my little brother.

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  82. Tonya

    My husbands friends would love this idea. He has a big one coming up next year so I need to keep this idea in mind!

  83. Casandra Torayna

    I simply had to say thank you for such a great idea for a guys birthday party. This is great!

  84. Erin

    Well this looks like it would have been a really fun party, I bet your husband loved it.

  85. Dandelion Dreams

    Very cool idea, guys are always so hard to plan a party for, it always end up being a backyard bar-b-que. Which is fine but not very creative.

  86. Alexia

    “Great blog post. Best birthday celebration idea ever! Fantastic.”

  87. Justine @our lil' caterpillar

    I would like to take the time to thank you for such a great party idea. This is the perfect celebration for a guy, not just a boring old backyard bar-b-que, snore!

  88. Paschel

    Fantastic idea for a monumental birthday, themes for guys are not the easies thing to come up with but you kept it classy and a little sassy.

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  93. Joannie

    A Whiskey Tasting Birthday Celebration is the perfect idea for guys monumental birthday celebration. Such a cute idea!

  94. Gladys

    What a great idea, I like this very much.

  95. Della

    5 stars
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  96. Kassandra

    This is such a great idea. Where did you get the decanters?

  97. Hey Kassandra, I found my decanters at Home Goods at the time, however there are several decent options online at Amazon with 2 day prime shipping if you can not find enough to meet your needs in a store that match. I had also thought about using vintage mismatched ones as well as on option, just must make sure you do not a leaded glass since it will leach out in the bourbon or whiskey.

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