We had a little birthday get together for Mr. T a few weeks ago. A very hipster birthday party because, well, you'll see as you read the post.
I'm pretty proud at the way everything turned out (and all of the fun stuff that we did to the house that I'll talk about later). So I felt it only normal to share all of the cute and clever things I did on the blog.
Here we go!
We had beer and hard gingerale, root beer, and orange.
We also had a little mojito bar.
We made our own mint infused rum which was super easy. You just pick some mint leaves and put it in a mason jar with rum. Let it sit for a couple of days. Give it a shake and let it sit for a few more days. Then strain out the leaves. It was yummy.
We put out all of the ingredients (rum, limes, simple syrup, etc.) out on the counter so people could make their own.
I made a cute little sign to tell people how to make a mojito.
It wasn't as huge of a hit as I wanted it to be, but it was pretty freaking cute.
We also had some non-alcohols. Just your basic fizzy water and such. I also made some homemade lemonade using this recipe. I added some muddled raspberries to the mix as well.
We filled tubs with ice and put all of the drinks in that so people wouldn't have to sift through our fridge and feel all weird.
The tubs ended up leaking even though I tested them TWICE. So, pro tip, maybe fill the whole thing with water just to be sure (I only tested the bottom).
We decided to go with mini foods and foods on a stick. I didn't want to deal with cooking a ton of stuff beforehand or figuring out how to keep food warm during the whole duration of the party. We've done a lot of hot items in the past and it's such a pain. I wanted things to be a little more easy breezy this time around.
And everything was a total hit. Plus it was totally easy and the cleanup was even easier.
Sandwiches on a stick
It's exactly what it sounds like. We made ham sammys, cheese sammys. and BLTs
All you needs is:
- Little chunks of bread (I cut up a loaf of french bread)
- Deli ham & cheese (I cut the pieces in half)
- Romane lettuce (I cut it into "strips")
- Bacon (we cut it and then fried it)
- Cherry tomatoes (cut in half)
I put one piece of bread on the toothpick. Followed by the ham, cheese, and lettuce - you can fold the pieces so they fit and look nice. Then top with another piece of bread.
Do the same for the cheese sammys, just omit the ham.
Then do the same for the BLTs, using the bacon and tomatoes.
Pasta salad on a stick
These were so easy and so yummy!
All you need is:
- Cheese tortellini
- Cherry tomatoes
- Salami & pepperoni
Just pile the ingredients on the stick the same way you did the sammys. We made some with meat and some with just tomatoes and some with just the tortellini.
Bonus tip: I found these were amazing with some Caesar dressing and Italian dressing the next day.
Cheeseboard with various cheeses & meats
Self-explanatory. If you don't know what goes on a cheeseboard, I don't want to know you.
I loosely based it on this recipe here.
And I wish I could tell you measurements, but I literally just started throwing things in and the result was magnificent. Fingers crossed I can make it again for vacation.
- Sour cream and greek yogurt (maybe a cup or so of each)
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Seasoned salt
- Feta cheese
- 3-4 generous handfuls of spinach
I put everything in the food processor and blended it up.
And did I mention how amazing it was? My mouth is watering right now.
"Seven" layer dip
Found in this post here.
I added a little corn in this time and it added a whole lot of goodness.
I just took my basic cheeseball recipe (found in this post here) and I put everything in the food processor to blend it all up smooth. Then I stirred in some walnuts. It was super tasty and gave the cheeseball a little something extra. But dear lord, I hope my grandmother didn't roll over in her grave for that.
Mini cheese cakes & mini cheesecake cookie sandwiches
To make the mini cheesecakes:
We basically followed this recipe. Except we used chocolate chip cookies and sugar cookies for the crusts. You just put the premade dough into a cupcake liner in a cupcake pan and then bake the crusts for about 10 minutes beforehand. The dough will spread out into the perfect little size. Then add the cheesecake batter and bake them.
I think our cheesecakes were too big because it didn't make near the amount I thought it would.
So we ended up using two cookies for some and made a little sandwich out of them. They were probably my favorite thing.
To make the sandwiches:
Cook the crusts following the instructions above. Fill half with the batter and bake. Let cool and then top with the other cookies.
We put all of them in the freezer so it would set up nicely and it was pretty perfect for the party.
Then we had little crostinis, veggies, tortilla chips, and crackers for all of the dips, spreads, and cheeses.
The crostinis are so easy to make and they've been a hit everytime I've served them.
To make the crostinis:
Buy a loaf of french bread or baguette.
Cut that baby into slices.
Throw them in a bowl with some olive oil and coat them all nicely. Then put them on a baking sheet lined with foil. Sprinkle a little salt on them.
Then bake in a 350 oven for about 15 minutes or until they're toasty and golden brown. I also put seasoned salt, garlic powder, and onion powder on them from time to time.
I actually went to Party City. I HATE Party City y'all. I cannot even begin to explain it. But it was the only place where I could just get some basic plates, cups, etc. in the colors I wanted.
Side note: I wanted some cool mustache plates and such. They didn't have any. I was kind of in shock. I mean, who doesn't have mustache stuff. For real?
We covered the table with kraft paper and then I wrote all of the food items on it. I liked that rather than making food cards. Even though my writing is atrocious it was the cutest idea ever.
Obviously this was the part that I was most excited about. I mean, it's the whole reason for having the party, right? Other than Mr. T's birthday or whatever.
Side note: this is the part of the post where I have all of the shameless plugs.
Mr. T loves all of my hipster stuff that I have listed in my Etsy store. Not surprising since it was inspired by him. So sweet. I know. Shut up.
Anyway, I decided to run with it and make hipsters in party hats. Because what's says celebration more than that? Nothing really.
I stood in the paper aisle for at least an hour looking for the perfect hipster paper. I wanted something that was fun. It was a birthday party afterall. But I wanted to stick with the whole hipster feel (I maybe put a little too much thought into this, no?)
I decided to go with soft golds, silvers, greys, and browns. I found the perfect striped paper and this cool paper that looked like wood. Plus map paper. Mr. T loves maps. And I also purchased some gold and silver straws.
Then I went home and this is what I made:
A fun little happy birthday garland. That might still be hanging in our three seasons room.
Little birthday hipster "garlands"
Drink stirrers and straws with flags.
Food flags that we put in the mini cheesecakes.
And then all of the signs for the drinks and mojito bar.
PS. Some of the stuff is kind of listed in my Etsy store, but the birthday hipster line isn't. YET. It will be, I promise. And, if it really suits your fancy you can always ask for a custom order.
We also had a little candy 'stache (haha, get it?!). Which was actually made by accident. We had planned to use the candy for the cheesecakes, but really liked them sans candy. So I threw it all into jars. Then I made a little sign and put out bags so people could fill them up before they left the party.
We had a good turn out and all in all I think everyone enjoyed everything. Ok, I will brag. I had tons of compliments on the food and décor. I think I'm a pretty awesome wife and a damn good party planner. So yay, Jess.
So there you have it, a very hipster birthday party.