Wednesday, March 16, 2011

D.I.Y. Louisville Party: For The Boys

When it comes to parties there is one group out there that gets seriously gypped: The Dudes.  

They might have their occasional birthday party or Super Bowl party, sure, but think about all those awesome parties you see out there; they all are pretty much for kids or women.  We ladies go all out for showers and tea parties, and kids get all sorts of amazing theme parties, but we tend to toss guys a sub sandwich and a beer and call it a day.

Julee and I thought that for St. Patrick's Day it was high time to celebrate the guys.  We polled our guys and asked for their favorite party foods – Spicy!  Wings!  Beer! – and put together a great buffet full of our guys’ favorite foods. 

This setup would be perfect for any game day, birthday or a just because get together for the guys.  I have to say, even though we had the guys in mind, I really loved this party - the food was amazing!

The buffet. 

We chose to keep things neutral with a color scheme of brown and white.  Julee's husband made the platform in the back and the crate holding the popcorn and chips is just an unfinished one that you can buy at any craft store.  We cut a large strip of burlap for the table runner and the garland is also made from burlap.  The signs are held with wood clothes pins.  We added a few orange and green accents with the candy in honor of St. Patrick's Day.

Julee whipped up these amazing dips for the pretzels and sliders: horseradish mustard, beer mustard, honey mustard and creole mustard.  (Recipes HERE.)

We made our own bags of chips and popcorn from parchment paper. They are sooo cute!  We filled some with a spicy sweet popcorn and the others with tortilla chips.  (Tutorial HERE!)  Julee also made an awesome orange salsa and a black bean salsa, yum!

Guys love hot wings, what can we say?  We gave them what they love plus turkey and cheddar sliders on pretzel buns.

Salty sweet cupcakes.  These have a sweet white cake, caramel filling, brown sugar buttercream and a dash of coarse sea salt of the top with a pretzel topper.

You can't have a guy party without some good beer.  We chose a local favorite from the Bluegrass Brewing Company.

My husband has been making this popcorn for years, it's a little bit spicy and a little bit sweet. (Recipe HERE!)

This party was so fun to put together.  It's really a versatile theme that could easily work for lots of different occasions.  We hope you get inspiration from this for your next party.