It was one of my best friends birthday recently so we decided to throw her a birthday party with an Oktoberfest theme. Whats not to like, beer, costumes, and German food.
To start I decorated with some beer and fall things I had around the house, empty bottles, beer steins, burlap runner, dried wheat and fall leaves. I also bought a blue and white harlequin tablecloth ( the official Oktoberfest pattern) from a party store and hung it over a curtain rod in my family room to make a back drop for a ” photo booth”. I had props like steins, lederhosen, German signs and Oktoberfest bibs from the party store. I set my camera on a tripod in front of it and tried to get shots of all the party goers.
I am also very lucky that I have some home brewing friends who made a keg of beer especially for our party, delicious! But this is a great time to taste some of the fall varieties of craft beers like Oktoberfests and Pumpkins.
For appetizers I set up a “Pretzel Stand” I had assorted flavors, shapes and sizes of pretzels and dips to go with them. I even made some homemade Pretzel Bites by following this recipe. http://www.snixykitchen.com/2012/10/24/pretzel-bites-with-four-distinct-dipping-sauces/. I made the dough a day ahead of time and covered it tightly with plastic wrap. then boiled and baked the pretzels the next day. I also found that I needed to add about 3/4 c more flour than the recipe called for to get the dough to be the right consistency but I live in Florida and baking here can be weird.
For dips I made a Sweet and Spicy Mustard Sauce
1 c mayonnaise
3/4 c coarse mustard
2 T jarred grated horseradish
2 T honey
a Chocolate and Toffee Dip
1 brick cream cheese softened
1/2 c brown sugar
1/4 c white sugar
1/4 c cocoa powder
1/2 c toffee chips (Heath)
1 t vanilla
Mix all ingredients together in a mixer on low until combined.
I also made Beer Cheese Dip using an Oktoberfest Beer instead of an IPA.
To make all of the food seem more festive I labeled them with German names on the tables.
For the main course we had Brats braised in Beer, Rouladen, Oma’s Potato Salad, Saurkraut with beer and apples, and Homemade Cucumber Salad
4 cucumbers peeled and sliced thin
1 cup sour cream
2 T sugar
2 T white vinegar
1 t dried dill
1 t salt
1/4 t black pepper
Slice cucumbers and place in a colander to drain for 20 minutes, then mix all ingredients together in a large bowl
Last but not least, everyone’s favorite, cupcakes. My friend made 3 different kinds for our Oktoberfest themed party. Apple Strudel, German Chocolate and Bavarian Cream. ( I will try to get the recipes to post on here)
Fun was had by all, the food, beer and company was all delightful. Go on try some of these ideas at your next Fall party and share your tips below.