We celebrated my husband’s 40th with a small group of close friends. I did not have a photographer there and I put my own camera down shortly after guests arrive so that I could just enjoy the party. I am just going to share a few DIY projects (with not so great photos).

My first and extremely inexpensive project was the matches. I bought boxes of matches 10/$1 at the dollar store and covered the front and back with fun sayings printed on cardstock. I used assorted candle holders to hold the cigars.

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Here are my quick tips to add a little character to your bar set up.

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For this party I set up two signature drinks. Rum-n-Coke and Black-n-Tan. I had all of the parts to make your own drink as you pleased and it worked out well.

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I used a combination of leather, chalkboard and metal to keep this bar looking masculine.

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I printed the BAR banner on kraft brown cardstock and strung up on the front of the table. You can download your FREE BAR BANNER here and print on whatever color works for you.

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And my last quick tip to personalize a party like this is to add a menu board. This was the Menu Board for this party, it can be personalized in so many ways. I had this one printed on poster board and finished in one hour at my local walgreens for under $20. You can find them in my shop here and they can be personalized just for you!

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Just a couple of special touches is all it takes to make your party personal. Happy Planning!

The invite can be found here in my shop. It has a casual retro style perfect for a manly party!

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