Celebrate Michigan’s 177th with your own Michigan Birthday Party!

Celebrate Michigan’s 177th with your own Michigan Birthday Party!

Here at the Awesome Mitten, we never turn down the chance to throw a good party. We’ve been planning and prepping for months to bring you these suggestions for your own Michigan Birthday Party! Follow along to see what food, drink, and fun we had at our mock party in December and then schedule your own to celebrate Michigan’s 177th birthday on January 26th!


Invitations: Download the paper invitation we designed here! We also created a Facebook invitation and sent out emails closer to the date.

Social Media: We had our guests us the hashtag #177yearsofawesome on Instagram and Twitter–you should, too! Remember to tag us (@awesomemitten on both Twitter and Instagram) and to use our hashtags (#mittenlove, #177yearsofawesome) and you could see your photos and tweets on our feeds!

Attire: We encouraged our guests to wear as much Michigan-made apparel as possible. Lance and Byron from High Five Threads showed up representing their brands, and Joanna wore a shirt from Michigan Awesome.


Hors d’Oeurves Tray: Being in Traverse City, we got bread from Bay Bread Company, sausages from Burritt’s Fresh Markets, and cheese from new local cheese shops Boss Mouse Cheese and Idyll Farms.

Meatballs: We grabbed some frozen meatballs from Meijer and followed this amazing recipe from Cherry Republic. Our guests scraped the crock pot clean!

Dessert: One of our favorite pies, the Lakeshore Berry Pie from Grand Traverse Pie Company, was a hit with everyone at the party.


Beer: We picked up two variety cases of beer–one from Short’s Brewing Company and one from Arcadia Ales–and our guests brought offerings from Bravo Zulu Brewing, Founders Brewing, and Bell’s Brewery.

Wine: Some of our favorite local wineries have wine available statewide at Meijer. We had Chateau Chantal, Leelanau Cellars, and Chateau Grand Traverse representing.

Non-alcoholic: We put together a make-your-own hot cocoa bar with Just Good Chocolate cocoa mix and also had some bottles of Faygo for those who weren’t partaking in libations that night.


Decorate Your Mitten Cookie: We wanted a chance to use our Michigan Cookie Cutter from High Five Threads, and what better way than by letting our guests decorate their own cookies! We created homemade frosting and then gave our guests full rein on tons of sprinkles. Everyone’s was unique AND tasty.

Michigan Bingo Drinking Game: Team Awesome spent months planning this Bingo game and we had a lot of fun playing it, too. In the game, the caller picks a card with a photo on it, and those who have that photo on their card have to do the corresponding activity.

Here’s the card and here’s the list of rules!

What other food, drink, or games would you include at your party? How do you plan to celebrate Michigan’s 177th?

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I like to think that I’m just a simple northern Michigan twentysomething who loves good craft brews, great wine, summertime grillouts, and well-roasted coffee. I'm also a dedicated yoga practitioner, social media and marketing enthusiast, reader and writer, local food junkie, and outdoors explorer--and I'm always adding to the list. If you want to know something about what's going on in Traverse City, chances are I know about it and it's even more likely that I'm involved in it. I love this town and I love helping to make it shine.