Thursday, September 19, 2013

Throwback Thursday: Crab-b-que Birthday Party

For Mike's 30th birthday last year, we celebrated with his favorite things: crabs, barbecue, beer, cigars, friends, and family.  Here are some photos and det's from his Dirty 30 Crab-B-Que!

Details, details, DETAILS!:

Custom invitations by By Invitation Only

 Simple photo garland made with twine and clothespins (below photo was our holiday card pic!)

Food & Drink:

 Matching water bottle labels designed by By Invitation Only and printed and cut at Kinko's on glossy paper

Lemonade served with sweet tea vodka on the side- that way people could have it plain/virgin or spike it to make an alcoholic Arnold Palmer!  Striped straws in a mason jar (similar here); chalkboard and slate food & drink labels from Michael's.

cocktails in mason jars (Mike's favorite mojitos and Mike's favorite margaritas- both "skinny")

Beer in red beverage tubs (similar here)
easy snacks for appetizers and koozies in a galvanized pail

get. in. my. belly!!

Along with crabs from the local wharf, to fullfill the "b-que" in 'crab-b-que,' we served Mike's smoked pulled chicken sandwiches (smoked and pulled the day before), sausages, hot dogs, his favorite coleslaw (my "skinny" recipe- look out for it around summertime next year!), corn on the cob (steamed in the oven and displayed in a basket, pictured here), baked beans, and potato salad.  For tablecloths, I had 2 kinds: similar here, and a cheaper version underneath the crab paper without a flannel back, similar here.

festive wooden flatware roll-ups tied with burlap ribbon

Custom cupcake cake and cupcakes by Lilly Magilly's Cup Cakery

Crab essentials/table centerpieces:

paper towels, mallets in a mason jar, vinegar in squeeze bottles, daisies in re-purposed Italian soda bottle  vases (just peeled off the labels!); cute niece not included :)

 printed crab paper, Wet Ones moist towelettes, crab seasoning

FUN, FUN, FUN! Happy 30th, Mikey B!

 Bay Blues, baby!!



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