Thursday, January 12, 2012

A Pub Themed Party

I'm very happy to say that I've joined creative forces with Sharon Elikan Dizenhuz, a veritable genius of theme ideas and implementation strategies. If you need someone to help you kick-start your event, then give her a call. I add the visual details, and before you know it, a fabulous party is on the way!

This was one of her first ideas Sharon proffered. I think a pub themed party is so great for the difficult category of "manly" events. A pub is the quintessential friendly atmosphere that encourages gathering, singing and general merriment. If your man loves sports, you can easily move the focus to game colors, or even a golf bend with more of a "old boys" club atmosphere.

Having been to a pub or two in England, Ireland and Wales, I felt quite qualified to take this project on. Based on Sharon's first set of lists, I created a concept for an invitation and logo that would get the mood set for the event. The one I show in this collage is great for a couple (did you get Stud and Nag Pub reference?), but I also have another focusing on the man of the hour (the Cocky Lad Pub).

Taking it further: Do you have a wood bar in your house that sets the tone? What about renting out your local pub for the party? How about finding a piano player to get the pub songs going? Or better yet, ask some of your friends who can play instruments to bring them and play. Don't forget to send out a song list and print copies of the words. That will get everyone singing along!

Here is a quick collage of images to get your creative juices flowing. I have more inspirational images on my Pinterest board here. Don't miss the party food menu ideas and a great playlist Sharon pulled together after the photos. You'll have your pub party atmosphere in no time, mate!
Main Fare/Pub Grub
Scotch Eggs
Mini Welsh Rarebit Toasts
Traditional English Roast Beef Crostinis
Shepherds Pie in individual ramekins
Bangers and Mash
Sausage rolls with mustard sauce
Fish & Chips, smashed peas, vinegar
Dullhallow Cheese Souffle
Beef Pasties
Bread and Butter Pudding with Whiskey Crème Anglaise
Tradional English Bakewell Tart
Chocolate Pudding
Fruit Trifle
Harp, Guinness & a good Irish whiskey

Suggested Song List for a Pub Themed Party
Try a Little Tenderness, The Commitments
Hard Days Night, The Beatles
Danny Boy, The Irish Tenors Trio
Free Me, Joss Stone
The Auld Triangle, Glen Hansard/Damien Rice
Deep into the Ground, Billy Elliot Soundtrack
The Pub with No Beer, Finbar O’Shay
Everyday I write the book, Elvis Costello
Down by the Water, The Decemberists
The Last English Rose, All the King’s Men
When Irish Eyes are Smiling,  Murdo McRae
Lola, The Kinks
Back on the Chain Gang, The Pretenders
Go with Happiness, The Swell Season
Henry the VIII, I Am, Herman’s Hermits
London Calling, The Clash
Wild Thing, The Troggs
Drowsy Maggie, Pub Crawlers
Come Dancing, The Kinks
Ob-ba-di, Oh-bla-da, The Beatles
Show Me, The Pretenders
Allison, Elvis Costello
Like a Rolling Stone, Bob Dylan
It ain’t me, Babe, Bob Dylan
Cruel to be Kind, Nick Lowe
Blowin in the Wind, Peter, Paul & Mary
Danny Boy, Willie Nelson
Dirty Old Town, The Pogues
Galway Girl, Mundy
Sweet Jane, The Velvet Underground

I Wanna be Sedated, The Ramones
I’m Not your Stepping Stone, The Sex Pistols
Should I Stay or Should I Go, The Clash
Sunday Bloody Sunday, U2
I Confess, The English Beat
Blister in the Sun, The Violent Femmes

1 comment:

  1. Wow. Now I'm really itching for a scotch egg...Such a great idea for a party!


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