Guys are hard. Hard to buy for. And I was also expecting it to be hard to party plan for one. For his 40th I knew it most definitely couldn't be girly, but I still wanted it to be really special. Keep your guy and his likes in mind when planning and you really can't go wrong. Here's what I'm going for:
CENTERPIECES: Mike's drinks of choice are bourbon and whisky. I loved the look of the bottles so I've always held on to the empty ones. Well, my hoarding has finally paid off!!! I'm going to fill them with greens from the yard for a simple centerpiece.
TABLECLOTHS: He requested a BBQ for his party, so in keeping with an outdoor BBQ theme I wanted to do the tablecloths in plaid, but instead of going the expected red and white route, I went with black and white.
INVITE: I am completely on board with online invites. They are so stinking convenient and I love that you can schedule email reminders, updates, etc. The one I used is from Paperless Post.
FOOD: Like I mentioned above, he requested BBQ. We're going to bring it in from a favorite restaurant and keep it easy on ourselves. Done.
BIRTHDAY CAKE: His favorite is German Chocolate Cake, so German Chocolate it is! Don't try to introduce anything else, just give the man what he wants.
GAMES: He isn't much for games himself, but we are welcoming kids to this party so having something around for them is a must. Cornhole is always a hit with kids, and I've been wanting a set for years, so I made some for the party. And because there is NOTHING more entertaining for small kids than a bounce house, we rented one. Yes, it's big. Yes, it doesn't fit in with a "theme". But who cares! Happy Kids = Happy Parents.
I'll be sharing the actual party with you next week! If you guys have any other suggestions for throwing a guy approved party, leave them in the comments and I'll include them in the party post. Hope you all have a great weekend!