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Beer inspired Surprise 30th Birthday Party at Exhibit A Brewery

September 24, 2019

Filed Under: DIY

I can’t believe I am JUST sharing this blog with you guys now. It’s been a crazy summer as I’m sure you can tell if you follow me over on Instagram ( if you don’t already, see what I am up to @eventsbycarianne).

This one is near and dear to my heart because I had been planning this surprise party for my sweet husband, Christian for a whole YEAR! Shortly after we moved to Boston last June I knew I had to get the ball rolling on a save the date since 99% of the guest list were friends and family from upstate NY. I wanted as many people as possible to be able to come so I had to get the date out there asap ( and start saving money secretly ).

Well we had a great turn out , over 30 of Christian’s closest family and friends came out to celebrate him turning the big 30!

On the day of the party, my best friend Janelle and I were “headed to target” in the am ( or so christian thought). Meanwhile we were actually setting up everything at the brewery and greeting guests as they arrived.

I had planned every single detail very careful and had walked on egg shells for a whole year hoping that nobody would let the secret slip and the moment was finally here. What I did NOT think through was the fact that christian would want to eat lunch BEFORE we went “brewery hoping” ( this is what he thought we were doing ). As I sat there panicking as he slowly ate his leftover Chinese food, all I could think about was all the guest and a table full of BBQ waiting for him at the brewery.

When we finally arrived at Exhibit A, I couldn’t wait any longer. I walked right into the back room where christian proceeded to yell , “car you aren’t supposed to be in there! I said extremely frustrated ,” Just follow me !’

“SURPRISE!” everyone yelled. The secret was finally out and I could finally breathe again!!

Christian was a mixed bag of feelings and emotions. Confused, excited, shocked, overjoyed. The look on his face truly was priceless. Now that the guest of honor was there ,the party could begin!

I loved being able to DIY all the decor for this party, I had so much fun designing and creating all the little details . I hope this inspires you for your next party !

Hand watercolored hops by yours truly
Calligraphy + invite design by Molly Grace Makes
In Defense of cake made this delicious porter + pretzel infused cake!
I added a touch of fresh hops on top of the cake for a pop of color.
I tried my best at the calligraphy on this growler. As you can see I am no expert but hey, it didn’t come out too bad!
These Bamboo disposable plates were SO perfect for this table setting . I got a pack of them on Amazon for super cheap along with the disposable wooden flatware. Who says a good looking tablescape to cost a fortune.
I pieced together an assortment of fresh Greens and hops from Frugal Flower in Sudbury ,MA.
LOVE these hops!
Obsessed with this tie dye runner. All I did was purchase a roll of fabric on Etsy and cut it down to a runner size. Cheap and easy way to make a statement.
He was SO surprised!
Digging into that delicious cake
The whole crew
I couldn’t think of a more deserving person than Christian, Happy 30th my love!

Planning + Design – Events By Carianne

Photography – Chelsea Saxby

Venue – Exhibit A

Greens – The Frugal Flower

Invites- Molly Grace Makes

Cake- In Defense of Cake , Tamar Ledoux

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