Beer Tasting Housewarming Party
October 22, 2015
Outdoor PartyEntertaining
I mean how could you not love your new neighbor to pieces after they invited you over for a beer tasting / housewarming party?  It's kind of genius if you ask me, and it officially makes Tara, of One Stylish Party, my dream neighbor. Because not only is this party pretty in every way (gorgeous florals from Life in Bloom, fab rentals from Borrow Vintage + Eclectic Rentals and delicious eats from Kelsey Elizabeth Cakes - I'm talking to you), but I am sure it was super fun too. And thanks to Brittany Gidley's images, we can join the party here.
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After 9 years spent moving around the country from the south to the west coast to the east coast, my husband and I decided to settle in his home state of Ohio not too far from where he grew up. While I may have had some reservations about moving here initially, Cleveland truly stole my heart. Within days, Cleveland felt like home and I couldn’t wait to get settled in so we could celebrate with a #CLEISHOME housewarming party with our new neighbors.

Since I was just getting to know many of the neighbors, I decided that a beer tasting party would be the perfect icebreaker to get conversation flowing. I kept the food simple with a cheese and appetizer station and a dessert spread that paired perfectly with the local brews being served.

The party decor was inspired by the Freshly Painted Housewarming Party invite from Tiny Prints. I loved the richness of the blue hues which allowed me to create a masculine, yet cozy vibe for the party. I incorporated lots of throw pillows and soft blankets in the set-up to ensure our guests would be comfortable. One of my favorite details was the thermography Beer Notes cards at each place setting, which allowed guests to write down details about their favorite beer.

It was important for me to pull in as much Cleveland pride as I could, so I decided to serve beer from Great Lakes Brewing Company which was founded in 1988 as Ohio's first craft brewery. With five year round beer flavors and a variety of seasonal beer flavors to choose from, I was able to create a balanced beer flight for each guest.

I called upon local Cleveland vendors such as Kelsey Elizabeth Cakes who created Oktoberfest Pumpkin Spice mini cupcakes and an amazing Vanilla Bean Salted Caramel cake. Borrow Rentals was my go-to source for a long farmhouse table made from reclaimed wood in Cleveland, as well as the most perfect blue glass water goblets and mismatched blue china. I relied on Life in Bloom to design florals that perfectly complimented our outdoor space and party decor. I’ve always dreamed of styling a greenery garland in one of my party tablescapes and this one did not disappoint!

When I spotted a shibori table runner and napkins on Etsy by Carmine Textiles, I knew I had to have them. The linens matched perfectly with the party invite and were a key element in tying together all of the blue hues throughout the decor. Another one of my favorite details was the hand lettered globe by Carolina Quill with the quote “Where you go I will go, where you stay I will stay” which couldn’t have been more fitting given our circumstances and the reason for the party.

In preparation for the party, my husband and I installed edison bulb string lights across our patio, which added so much character and warmth to our outdoor space and provided the perfect ambiance for entertaining guests.

It was a perfect night spent under the stars celebrating our new home with new and old friends that are sure to be a big part of our life for years to come! And I am extra grateful to have had all of the details captured by Brittany Gidley Photography, who not only understood my vision, but completely brought it to life through her lens!


Photography: Brittany Gidley Photography | Floral Design: Life in Bloom | Beer, Beer Openers, Bucket: Great Lakes Brewing Company | CLE Art Print: Repete Love | Cake, Cupcakes, Cookies: Kelsey Elizabeth Cakes | Event Concept + Design: One Stylish Party | Event Rentals: Borrow Vintage + Eclectic Rentals | Hand Lettered Globe: Carolina Quill | Industrial Console Table: Christina O'Brien | Invitation, Note Cards, Monogrammed Blankets, Personalized Pillow: Tiny Prints | Shibori Linens: Carmine Textiles | Tassel Backdrop, Tassel Banner, Tassel Balloon: One Stylish Party
Vendor Credits
Hand Lettered Globe
Carolina Quill
Industrial Console Table
Christina O'Brien
Beer, Beer Openers, Bucket
Great Lakes Brewing Company
Cake, Cupcakes, Cookies
Kelsey Elizabeth Cakes
Tassel Backdrop, Tassel Banner, Tassel Balloon, Event Concept + Design
One Stylish Party