Holy crap. My kid is TWO! And she’s been two for a month-and-a-half now. How is that possible? Also how is it possible that it’s taken me this long to get her birthday recap up here on the blog? Shame on me. Mom life, man.
So today, my friends, I’m sharing all about Daisy’s 2nd birthday party! That, yes, we had at a brewery.
And yes, I’d do it again in a heartbeat. Let me tell you how it all happened.
When we first started discussing Daisy’s birthday, Jimmy and I both said we didn’t want to do anything big. First of all, her birthday is less than three weeks after Christmas which is already painful enough (for us and for guests). Also, as much as I LOVE to host a party, we didn’t really want to have a million people in our tiny little house … because that would mean deep-cleaning, putting away all of the Christmas decor and Christmas gifts, grocery shopping, cooking, doing dishes, and just being completely chaotic for a minimum of three days. Plus, she’s two – she has no idea. So we settled on the park. We invited our friends with kids to join us for an hour or so at the local park, where we would provide mimosas, bloody Mary’s, cake and have pizza delivered. Easy peazy. But then we realized you probably couldn’t have booze at a public park, and what’s a kid’s birthday without at least a beer?
That’s when it hit me. Breweries have beer. And food. And are family-friendly (most, at least). And have room for lots of people to gather. And you don’t have to do anything except show up! Count. Me. IN.
I contacted local Jacksonville brewery Wicked Barley to see if it’s something they could accommodate, and was so excited when they said that they not only accommodate, but they’d also like to partner with me to share about my experience here on my blog!
About Wicked Barley:
I can’t speak to every single brewery out there, but Wicked Barley is literally the perfect place for basically anything … a date, a lunch meeting, a Sunday funday brunch, a kid’s birthday, an adult’s birthday, a bachelor/bachelorette party, a rehearsal dinner, or just a cool place to take out-of-town guests. The place is huge, and they have great indoor and outdoor options. Another thing that makes them super cool and unique is that they make their own mead in addition to brewing their own beers. I tried the sampler so I could taste them all and they’re soooo good. Not to mention their food is literally incredible. The cheese curds are MONEY, and the wings are fantastic. Everything we’ve had there is awesome, and the staff is so nice and accommodating. Oh! And they have brunch on Sundays with $12 bottomless beer-mosas, mead-mosas and beer Mary’s. Have I convinced you to go check it out yet?
Why you should totally have your next event or kid’s birthday at a brewery:
I cannot stress how much I loved our decision to have Daisy’s birthday here. I realize the sound of having a kid’s birthday at a brewery sounds insane, but think about it. It’s brilliant. Here are some of my favorite reasons why:
- Everyone can pick what they want to eat and drink.
- You don’t have to go shopping for really anything.
- You don’t have to clean your house before or after a party.
- You don’t have to rent a venue, rent an inflatable bounce house, decorate like crazy … nadda.
- You can provide food and drinks or let everyone pick up their own tab – whatever fits in your budget.
- Most breweries offer a place for kids to run and play. Wicked Barley has a huge space to run around outside, sand to play in, giant Jenga, cornhole, and more to keep them entertained.
- You can keep an eye on the kids while still having adult conversation and a beverage without being trapped in an overrun kid joint.
- Guests, especially those without kids, are likely to be more excited to come since, well, it’s at a brewery and not a trampoline gym.
As much as I love a good theme, I decided not to do a theme for this year’s party and just keep things simple. We had some balloons, put out a few party accessories, and brought a small cake and some mini cupcakes. This cake was from Alley Cakes and it tasted just as amazing as it looks!
For party favors, I ordered these little plastic bottles and these plastic straws and put the kids’ names on them with vinyl stickers. Since most of the kids were under three I figured they didn’t really need much, and drinking cups with lids are always a good idea. I picked up a few plastic baskets, bottles of bubbles, bubble accessories and balls for the kids to play with, and that’s it. Talk about an easy party!
It sure did make for for the most perfect day to celebrate our TWO-year-old! Thank you so much Wicked Barley for having us and being the bests hosts EVER, and thank you to our friends and family who made it out to celebrate our Daisy girl. It was so special and we will never forget it!
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Disclaimer: I received trade from Wicked Barley in exchange for this post, but all thoughts, opinions and photos are my own.