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How To: Host an Outdoor Movie Night (in your own backyard)

Being 7 months pregnant, my prime idea of a birthday party revolved less around nightlife options, and more around friends and food (#sorrynotsorry)!

I love going to outdoor movies [see my post here on how to do it right], but didn’t love the lineup or locations featured on my birthday weekend.  Obvi, that meant one thing: DIY time.

Thankfully I have a super-handy husband, who fashioned a movie screen out of some PVC pipe and a roll-down window shade from Home Depot!  This is such a great way to go, and made for some amazing picture quality.  Plus, it was waaaaay cheaper …

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How To: Host a Beer + Bourbon Tasting Bash

My husband Brett turned 32 in January (??!), and for the second year in a row, our plans for FootGolf got rained out — boo!  C’mon, when does it ever rain here?!

With the stormy forecast looming in the near distance, I knew we had to switch horses — and fast.  With 4 days to spare, we created a birthday bash from two of Brett’s favorite things: beer + bourbon.

Here are some of our favorite details that we incorporated to pull the theme together:

Beer Blind Taste Testing

It’s simple: go to your local liquor mega-store (like Total Wines or BevMo), and pick out 6 different six-packs …

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