Anniversary Scavenger Hunt

For our first wedding anniversary, I planned a scavenger hunt for my husband. I hid clues around our apartment, and our cars, and he had to solve the clue to move on to the next thing. Clues lead to gifts, and to things to do- we went to brunch at a peacock-themed restaurant (influenced by our peacock-themed wedding!), made cotton candy martinis (his favorite drink we tried at a restaurant in St. Petersburg for Valentine’s Day), had homemade cheesecake (his favorite dessert) and more. It was a fun day.

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I was inspired by this scavenger hunt: http://www.staceywestbrook.com/a-valentineanniversary-scavenger-hunt/

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Cotton candy martini recipe: http://hubpages.com/hub/The-Best-Cotton-Candy-Martini-Recipe

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Cheesecake recipe: http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/philadelphia-classic-cheesecake-52544.aspx

I made the cake topper myself, by finding a plain banner and typing the words over it, printing it, cutting it out, and taping it to skewers. I was inspired by this cake topper:

Cheesecake recipe:

Beer Tasting Party

Last year, we invited some friends over for a Beer Tasting Party. First, we decided we’d keep it simple and just split the room into light and dark beer, and ask people to bring any type of beer they wanted.

 

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Light and fruity beers

 

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Dark beers

 

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Wine for the non-beer drinkers

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We supplied a few different varieties to start with. Everyone brought a couple types of beer for other’s to try, and we had two sizes of cups- a little one for a small taste, and a larger cup to have more if you liked it! We also had some fun snacks to go along with the beer.

For the decor, I used the mugs and such we already had, and then found some great free printables online, like these: http://catchmyparty.com/blog/free-beer-tasting-party-printables-from-giggles-grace-designs

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I used colored card stock and scrapbook tape to create signs for food and drinks

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We had beer trivia, and a rating card for people to keep, to remember what beers they liked and didn’t like.

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All of the food was simple finger foods, including candied bacon, nuts, chips, shrimp cocktail, and more. The candied bacon was my favorite.

Candied bacon recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alexandra-guarnaschelli/candied-bacon-recipe.html

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It was a really fun time overall! We’d like to have another one, or maybe a wine tasting and cheese party this time!