We hosted a couples shower at our house for some family friends, and thought a beer-themed wedding shower would be fun! We decided to run with “Brews Before I Dos” and make it a simple, backyard party!
Invitations and Signage
Once I had the “Brews Before I Do’s” theme, I set out to find the perfect invites. I loved the design above by the Etsy shop With Love and Lace. The set I got was a digital download (perfect for printing or invitations via email) and was very affordable. It also came with some fun signage for the party for the host to print and display. That invitation is not always available, so here are a few other ones I love!
I loved the date jar idea because it made for a little take away for the bride and groom. I had other party favors already planned, but the digital download also includes recipe tags for beer bread! Here are some cute date jar ideas I found!
Barbeque Pulled Pork Sliders
We went with our go-to, pulled pork sliders! Marcus does the pork on the Traeger and it’s always a crowd-pleaser. He likes to season the meat two days before and refrigerate overnight. The day before the event he will cook the meat and do the shredding. This makes for a lot less stress on the day of the party!
Two Delicious Desserts
I had both custom sugar cookies by Twinkle Star Treats (a Cypress, TX small bakery) and Crumbl Cookies (a franchise with locations across the US). You can search here to see if there is a Crumbl is near you!
I used the Twinkle Star Treats cookies as party favors since they were individually wrapped. The owner Allison used the beer-themed wedding shower invitation for inspiration and was even able to replicate the watercolor look. If you are in Cypress, I recommend considering her for future parties!
I worked with Luxe Balloons Houston on a balloon garland for the patio. The owner, Seyi, was a breeze to work with. I sent her measurements of my space, and she guided me on what size and style would look best. She also helped me decide on the color scheme based on my brick color and couch coverings.
Seyi’s team came and installed the garland for me on the day of the event. I literally did not have to lift a finger! The garland itself was beautiful. We left ours on the patio, and it enjoyed it for at least another week. If we would have brought it inside Seyi told me would have lasted much, much longer! If you live in Houston and are looking for any balloon decorations, I recommend checking out Luxe Balloons Houston!
For the rest of the party setup, I mostly used items I already had (like the colorful table runner pictured above). I think Dollar Tree is the best place to go for party goods like plates, napkins, table cloths, and plastic silverware. You can find similar “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy” napkins here!
One of my best party tips is to always have a little party caddy ready to go. I keep it fully stocked with silverware, napkins, and hand sanitizer and just whip it out whenever people come over! Mine is discontinued, but this one is similar!
Wedding Shower Games
For games, Lauren’s youngest sister came through! The first was called “Where were they?”. She had printed off a bunch of photos from their Facebook pages and hung them along a wall. All the attendees had to guess where they were in each photo (City and State) based on the backgrounds and what they were wearing. This was fun for the whole group and also doubled as decoration!
The second game was your more typical “His or Hers”, but with a beer-themed wedding shower twist. The bride and groom sat back to back and were asked a series of questions like “Who is the better cook?” or “Who is messier?”. Then everyone would raise up one of the two favorite beer cans to represent who they chose. It was fun to see the couple’s answers and there were lots of laughs.
We also had out this Yard Pong game in the backyard. It’s basically an oversize beer pong game! It mostly just kept the kids busy, which we weren’t mad about.
Overall, I felt a beer-themed wedding shower was really easy to plan and pull together. We kept it pretty simple and focused mostly on good food, cold beer, and a great group of people. We definitely had to pivot a little bit while hosting a party in 2020 and the pandemic, but we did our best to keep each other safe. I’m so glad we were still able to celebrate our friends Lauren and Eric before they tie the knot!