One of the biggest parties of the year is Oktoberfest. It's become such a festive party that people travel from all over the world to experience this German craze of beer guzzling, sausage chomping and over all merriment. While the Germans go nuts and visitors from other countries enjoy the experience, it's not always possible to fly over continents to enjoy a beer party. Don't worry though, if you didn't make it to Oktoberfest this year, then Oktoberfest shall come to you! These fun tips will help guide you to throw the ultimate Oktoberfest themed party in your own backyard (or living room whichever you prefer). Sit back, pay attention and get ready to host the mother of all parties!
Creating the mood - Of course it's not the same as being on the streets of Germany but if you have a back yard, terrace, garden or any open space it's a great place to host the party, or else in your living room where you can crank up the music and not worry about disturbing the neighbours. You could decorate the place with various beer mugs, hats, and even teach them fun catch phrases in German to help them make funny toasts. Music always plays such an integeral role at any party and for this one sourcing some traditional German tunes would add to the authenticity. If you get fed up you could always switch to some German rock bands or any other rock music to get everyone in the mood.
The beer and grub - The best part about the party should be the food and beer because that is really the essence of Oktoberfest. These are a few traditional things that you could serve, either cater them or cook them following the recipes which are easily available online. Schinkenwurst Brote (ham & bologna on bread), bratwurst with curry sauce, mini pork schnitzel, German potato salad, peach streusel.
If it's too hard to source these then you could go with easier more accessible things like various Bavarian cheeses, an assortment of different German sausages, hard and soft pretzels, rotisserie chicken (the whole bird ), tangy mustards, pickles, sauerkraut and black forest cake or even apple strudel to finish off. Source out some typical German beer, a key would be fun to have and add a bit of authenticity. Lots of beer mugs, pitchers or even towers to make sure everyone gets into the mood.
Every party needs some fun activities to make it a crazy one so don't hold back. You could host a dance contest, a birdie dance challenge, juggling acts with beer mugs, a race while balancing mugs full on beer on your head, basically anything to get everyone into the Oktoberfest spirit!
Article By: Roxanne Bamboat
Roxanne is a pint sized girl who enjoys reading, movies, travel and is obsessed with food. She expresses her love for all things edible in her food blog. A freelancer in her profession, she is able to spend most of her time sampling the city's food offerings and reviews them as well as shares a few of her favourite recipes. More often known as The Tiny Taster, she's decided to take the world by storm - one plate at a time!
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