My oldest son turned 21last week
he let me throw him a family birthday party.
After several years away
he is making his way back into the family
so a party to celebrate with us all
was another lovely step in the process
of welcoming him home.
I pulled out my vintage tool boxes
as decor inspiration
since he very much into building and creating
in his own garage shop these days.
Vintage suitcases were another nod
to his love of travel.
With these inspiration pieces
I pulled all of my organic influenced serving pieces
had the cake as a finishing styling piece!
I was ever so happy how the cake I designed turned out!
I had the baker make a three layer carrot cake
with cream cheese frosting spread with no detail.
I added the copper number 'sculptures' I made
finished it off with olive branch trim
with a marble cake stand.
I just love the fresh modern take
with the masculine feel I was going for!
Since Slater was turning 21
a beer tasting was definitely in order for the party!
I collected small tasting glasses for the group
even found glass caddies for them all!
I found wooden serving trays
mixed in kale to continue with the masculine styling for the party.
I had found a Beer Tasting kit at Pottery Barn
but we ended up not using it
as Ellis and Elliot had so much knowledge
about all to the different types of beer.
It worked out better
to have the knowledge passed much more organically as they explained
the differences throughout the tasting.
The party was in the backyard where we served
appetizers with the beer tasting
gourmet burgers off the grill
of course finished the meal off with cake and ice-cream!
Keeping with the clean masculine party styling
I covered the table in a cotton stripe
kept the succulent centerpieces I've had this fall.
I had originally planned and executed
new centerpieces that we more ornate
but brought back my originals
as I didn't want to fill up the table too much
wanted a nice clean backdrop for the tastings.
I hung just a bit of bunting over the buffet table
by the grill.
For the barbecue area
I covered the table with a natural colored quilt
brought our my collection of stone dishes
mixing in some wooden serving pieces
I used my white stoneware plates
mixed with my recent find of vintage napkins.
I added slate and stone
to the mix as well.
The use of organics with a lack of other color
was my intent
so as the textures of the natural manly elements
would lead the styling conversation.
I set up the beers for tasting on our outside bar
placing them in a vintage tool box filled with ice,
Elliot then placed the beers in order of lightest to darkest
for the tasting presentation.
I know my wines
but craft beers
even old school beers are new territory for me
so I asked Ellis for some recommendation to cover the bases
then I couldn't help but add in some labels I loved!
Appetizers were a breeze to do
with a trip to Costco
my new wooden serving trays from Target
finished off with some home grown rosemary.
I just love when presentations
with the proper planning
can come together so beautifully with such ease!
We really enjoyed learning about the different types of beer
how San Diego is presently one of the Craft Beer leaders.
Having one thing going on
gave everybody an opportunity
to share in the conversation.
We have done beer tastings before for Father's Day gatherings
I must say they really work out nicely
as it gives everyone
something to share and discuss
Even the non beer drinkers can easily take part
as the tastings are such small pours.
After the tasting it was fun to hear which ones were who's favorite
with the remaining beer in the bottle being passed out to who enjoyed it most!
After dinner it was time for cake!
Sparklers were the perfect touch for cake celebration!
Happy Happy 21 to you Slater!!
We love you!!
As always my friends
I wish you love and joy
as you style your life