Hello friends! How are you? i thought last week was going to put me right off the edge, but I’m still here. 🙂 I’m sure I will have plenty more to say about that later, but today, it’s all about my Ears & Beers party that I hosted. Where did I hear about an Ears & Beers party? I have no idea ~ probably Southern Living magazine. I can say that I have wanted to host this party for several years, and I am thrilled that I finally got to do it. Today, I’m sharing how I put it together and how you can host your own Ears & Beers party. Well, at least some ideas to help you plan yours.
So, obviously the place I always start when planning a party is with a theme. In this case it was ears and beers. #duh I love to send out official, old-school style invitations. However, this time, I didn’t have time. So, I relied on my favorite online invite service, Punchbowl. I selected a style that I felt would fit the theme. As there were no corn invites (go figure), I went with a pretty standard fall look.
I try to use the theme to add a little pizazz to my entrance. Lucky for me, this party works so well with the fall season. So, all my party decor doubles for fall!
And of course, we had to have some corn husks too!
Next, I started thinking about food. Again, that is pretty obvious really. Still we wanted to add a little twist to this. We decided to go with grilled corn on the cob (ears) and provide a variety of toppings. You can use any recipe site to come up with ideas. We settled on Mexican Street Corn, Italian style corn, Bang Bang corn, and good old, homestyle, buttered corn. If you want me to share a recipe, just leave me a message below.
I didn’t feel like just corn was going to be “enough” food for a party so I also filled in with a yummy corn dip with corn chips, popcorn, and candy corn. Added to that was a few sweets ~ cookies and mini pumpkin pie bites, and some apple cider punch. If you have not tried apple cider with Fireball, you really owe it to yourself to give it a shot. It is delicious!
Although I felt somewhat limited by this theme, it made it super easy to plan. The food was easy to prepare and who doesn’t like corn?? I will say, that we are coming to the end of corn season now. This would be a super fun spring party when corn comes back into season. Or, you can always purchase frozen corn ~ especially if you don’t plan to keep the husk on the corn.
For decor I kept things very simple. Green and yellow was the color scheme I used. #getit? I picked up some small party treat cups to hold the flavored butters. I used smaller ones for popcorn mixed with candy corn. That way guests can grab a snack and keep mingling. I also printed out some cute little signs to tell guests how to make each of the corn “flavors.” I added a few chalkboards around the tables for fun.
To keep things festive, we served Candy Corn Jello Shots. These were such a festive and fun touch. You can find the recipe here. I used these shot cups to serve. I would say they were a hit. Plus, let’s be honest…I’m all about keeping with a theme. 🙂
While guests were there we had plenty of time to enjoy each others’ company and catch up. We also played a game as well. When it’s time for guests to leave, I like to give them a little “thank you for coming” party favor. For this, I simply added pre-popped popcorn to plastic baggies and taped the zip top to the back. Next, I wrapped a piece of green tissue paper around it by bringing the corners of the square in. I twisted the bottom of the paper and tied it off with a piece of raffia ribbon and a fun little corn tag.
I thought this was a fun favor and I love that it played right into my theme as well. Moreover, this is a totally inexpensive party favor. Although, I do think it would be fun to use a flavored popcorn from one of the popcorn stores around town.
So clearly I am not a photographer. Truth be told, I lost LOTS of pics that I took because I failed to use the right flash. 🙁 Truly, my photos leave quite a bit to be desired #Ineedaprofessional; however, I do hop that I’ve at least given you a little inspiration for hosting your own Ears & Beers party. It really was a fun party and a super easy party to throw together. I am happy to share recipes or anything else you might be wondering about. Just leave me a message below or email me.
Until next time~