When I first started planning my husband’s 35th birthday party, I told him I needed a theme. He gave me exactly zero ideas and I think he was afraid I was going to throw him a colorful kids party with balloons and streamers. It wasn’t until I gave him a list of ideas, including Bluegrass & Bourbon, that he got on board. With all of the parties I have thrown, adult parties- especially for guys, are always the hardest.
I was walking through the party aisles at Target but couldn’t find much that wasn’t geared towards children or weddings. Then I happened to walk past Nate Berkus’ office supply line. The black and gold color theme was exactly what I was looking for. I also had a lot of fun re-purposing office supplies into party supplies.
Black and gold file folders were the perfect pattern, color, and texture to make a fun happy birthday banner. I later found these, which would have been even better, but they didn’t sell them in the store.
This pencil holder made the perfect silverware caddy, and a letter sorter becomes a napkin holder. A wood and gold monitor stand added an extra level and plates fit nicely underneath.
One of my favorite pieces was this stoneware letter tray with a beautiful black detailed border. It worked perfectly as a tray for desserts.
The bourbon bar was set up in the corner, and a brass tray held glasses.
Next to the bourbon cart was lemonade so non-bourbon drinkers could make a kentucky lemonade cocktail. I made drink stirrers that sat in a gold pencil cup, and this fabric letter tray held glasses.
The party was a lot of fun, and many of the office supplies have found new uses around our home.
Katie Braswell says
This looks like fun! I LOVE the styling!! I may have to adapt this for my hubs! (He’s a whiskey fan!)
This looks insane!! Its so cool!! I wanna come to one off your parties!! You put my skills to SHAME!!! He’s one lucky guy for sure!! Well done on the creations! xx
whoa! this is an amazing set up! you are one good wife. really love the decorations and thought you put into this
Trema Minning says
Love it! My kind of party! Where did you get your Kentucky framed map picture???? I need that!
Hi Trema- my husband had found the map on etsy and we had it framed.
mEGAN ANNE says
This idea is really an amazing way to decorate for a guys party!
This is a fantastic theme idea! I feel like husbands are so difficult when it comes to parties. I’m always looking for ideas. I know that his 30th is going to be a big one!