A Dapper Scotch Themed Birthday Party
Hi, Y’all! I’ve been looking forward to throwing my husband this dapper scotch themed birthday party for months! My husband loves scotch (I surprised him at our wedding with a scotch bar), and I haven’t styled too many adult guy themed birthdays so I was thrilled to host a dinner party for his birthday! I know it can be hard to find inspiration for guys’ birthdays (here are some other fun ideas too). I’ve included my tips, ideas, and resources below the photos!
Plaid was a no-brainer for my table covering! I couldn’t find the perfect plaid fabric in stores so I hopped online and bought some online (very reasonable and fast shipping). There are dozens of fun plaid prints that are masculine and perfect for a table covering. You could also look for a wide rugby stripe in navy,burgundy, or hunter green. Or just go with your bare tabletop, that would work too!
My “go-to” plain white plates and salad plates were jazzed up with printable quotes about scotch! All I did for this easy DIY was to measure the center diameter of the salad plate. It was 5 inches so I created a 5 inch circle with a fitting quote inside. Print, cut, and lay inside the plate. I used several different quotes to keep things fun. Below are the quotes:
SCOTCH PARTY QUOTES
“Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.” – Mark Twain
“Whenever someone asks me if I want water with my Scotch, I say I’m thirsty, not dirty.” – Joe E. Lewis
“The problem with the world is that everyone is a few drinks behind.” – Humphrey Bogart
“Drive German, Dress Italian, Kiss French, Drink Scotch”
I also created a few fun pennant flags with sayings like “But First, Scotch” and “Cheers” to set down inside scotch bottles on my centerpiece! Speaking of the centerpiece, my brother created this amazing wooden serving tray from a slice of wood in his yard. How cool?! It was the perfect serving tray for a variety of scotches. I included little tasting shot glasses for guests. Mini wooden letters from the craft store spelled out “PARTY” (another fave detail)!
To keep with the “dapper” theme, my Mom helped to create bow ties out of extra strips of the fabric. We glued these on to the scotch bottle tops. This is my favorite detail! We carried out with navy bow ties on top of little favor boxes for each guest. The kraft paper with red and navy ribbon tied in beautifully with the plaid design on the table! Each guest also had a mini scotch bottle at their place setting.
As for dessert, my husband is a cookie cake kind of guy. He also loves yellow cake with chocolate frosting so I did a little DIY combo this year. I kept things easy for myself (wrangling Blakely, George, and getting the party ready can make things wild) and ordered a cake from my bakery. I asked for nothing on top and extra chocolate buttercream on the side. Then I baked a large chocolate chip cookie, set it on top, and finished the edges with piped chocolate frosting. Added in gold candles and TA-DA! If you’d like me to do a full post with step-by-step pictures, leave me a comment below! The cake was DELISH!
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LOVE! Stashing this away and can’t wait to spin it for my hub’s bday in November! <3
Thank you soo much, Amanda!!
This is so fun, and I don’t even like scotch! But I love how you pulled it off, a great party for a guy for sure. I love the plaid and all the rustic type elements as well. Great job!
Thank you!! I don’t like scotch either ;) But hey, hubs loves it! :)
What an absolutely brilliant idea. I love the little details. Thanks for the inspiration – my hubby loves Port. So maybe a Port & Stilton party? Love this post. Sammie
Thank you, Sammie!
This is awesome! I love every detail!
Thank you, Jen!
Awesome post! Please share in a post with step by step pics!! Love this idea!!
Thank you Marty! Will work on this!
Love this! What did you serve for food?
Hi Priscilla! Great question! We served BBQ. My husband loves southern food so mac & cheese, pulled pork, mashed potatoes, and fried pickles :)
I would love a step by step for the cake please!! My hubby would love a cake like that as well, great idea!
Hey, I recognize that tree…uh, I mean serving tray! :-) Also, I need to recognize that cake and those bottles of scotch. Can you introduce me? :-)
HAHA. Yes, I’ll get right on that!
This party is so fun! I LOVE the plaid! I would love to read a full post on the cake – it sounds absolutely delicious!
Thanks Kelsey!! Will work on the cake post, hard job…somebody’s gotta do it ;)
What a great idea! My husband has a birthday coming up in October. He’d love something like this.
Thank you, Elizabeth!
That chocolate cake with the cookie on top is so fabulous and I love those plaid bow ties. This was a great idea and I’m sure your husband was very appreciative.
I love this idea!! thank you for sharing, planning for hubbys 30th in February. How did you do you invites?
Using this theme for my husbands 40th. Do you have a tutorial for the flags???
I just made them but email me if you want more tips, etc!