Pet Scribbles: Oktoberfest Party

Friday, October 19, 2012

Oktoberfest Party



This Saturday - um....yes, that's tomorrow already! - is our 2nd annual Oktoberfest party for our neighborhood! We have an amazing neighborhood of close families and friends, and our Oktoberfest is a chance for us to host everyone plus say thanks for their hospitality (at their own parties and neighborhood events that we've enjoyed throughout the year) too.

Last year we lucked out with sunny weather which made it easy to decorate and set up a few days ahead of time. This year? Well... today it is raining. And it isn't expected to completely end until tonight. My husband and I have been planning like crazy, so that we can whip everything together tomorrow morning before the party begins since today is a washout. Hopefully our backyard will not be squishy wet from the rain. If that happens, we will hold the party in our front yard instead. (I'm rooting for the backyard and hope the weather gods hear me!)

This weekend is also our 6th wedding anniversary, on Sunday! Our wedding was an intimate outdoor ceremony and reception, and we had caterer friends who served up homemade German, Hungarian, and Ukrainian foods to honor our family backgrounds - which our relatives loved! (His family is German, mine is Hungarian and Ukrainian. He and I are Made in America, however!)

So for us, having an Oktoberfest - though it traditionally should be held in September - always reminds us a bit of our wedding: A gathering of friends and family enjoying good food and drink, celebrating happy times!

Here's a tour in pictures of last year's Oktoberfest. I hope you enjoy it!

Oktoberfest Party on The Shed blog
This way to the party!

Oktoberfest Party Entrance on The Shed blog
Of course our signs had to be in both German and English!

Oktoberfest Decorations on The Shed blog
The sign says "A toast!" or "Cheers!" in German.

Oktoberfest Tables on The Shed blog
We set up the tables on our patio to resemble a traditional outdoor Beer Garden.

Oktoberfest Tables on The Shed blog
Pretzels on every table, German beer coasters, paper towel holders, candles.

Oktoberfest Decorated Patio on The Shed blog
Last year I was able to take my time decorating the day before in the lovely sunshine!  But . . .

Oktoberfest Decorations on The Shed blog
But this year:  It's raining today, so I'll be throwing up (not literally...well, maybe) decorations tomorrow!

Autumn Vignette on The Shed blog
Last year, we had lots of hay bales, pumpkins and gourds to dress up the shed area.
The German cutouts on the shed once decorated the Oktoberfests thrown by my late Father-in-law!

Oktoberfest Food on The Shed blog
You can't have an Oktoberfest without awesome German food!
We ordered food from a German butcher . . .

Oktoberfest Food on The Shed blog
. . . and my husband made several dishes too, including Gulasch which went quickly!

Genuine Oktoberfest Hat (on The Shed blog)
My husband wore his late Father's genuine Oktoberfest hat.
His Dad would have loved this party!

Ein Prosit in German means "A toast!" or "Cheers!"
Cheers!

Our home has smelled soooooo good this week, with all the food my husband has been preparing. (I am so lucky, yes I know, that my husband loves to cook! I suck at it, quite frankly.) This year, in addition to the usual store-bought German beers and wines that we'll have, my husband also made four different beers - he has been homebrewing for a few years now - made special just for this event! And we will have a "kids table" of hot dogs, hamburgers, and other kid-friendly foods too.

I hope you enjoyed this little tour! I'll be back here next week with some fun Halloween projects to share.

In the meantime... Prosit!

~Laura


9 comments:

  1. How fun!! I love the decor and your English/German signs. My husband and I just celebrated 6 years on October 8th!

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    1. Thanks Johnnie, and Happy Anniversary to you! Aren't Fall weddings the best? :)

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  2. I WANT TO COME TO YOUR OKTOBERFEST PARTY! My cousin and I threw a small Oktoberfest party last year, but this looks like a blast. And if your hubby has any of those homebrews left over, I will send you my address. :P

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    1. I wish so many of you (my crafty friends!) lived closer so you could join us, Jessica! Nice to hear you appreciate homebrewing too! (So many people still think of it as something really basic...or...well, hard to describe actually. I'm just glad you can appreciate it!) Thanks!

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  3. I love that you throw an annual Oktoberfest party. We have a friend who throws one every year and we look forward to it each and every year. Although, it looks like you have a wide variety of food.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Katie! We have both German food and some "regular" food as A) most of the kids don't want to try German dishes - they don't know what they're missing! - and B) everyone likes hamburgers & hot dogs sometimes! :)

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  4. Looks like a rocking good time! My what a well manicured lawn you have :) It's semi-nice today...have you any beer left? I'll be over in a few hours...I don't mind drinking in the afternoon (don't judge me!)

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    1. Oh Amy, the lawn in front is well manicured to keep up with the neighbors. The lawn in back? Not so much. As in, NOT. Yes, there's beer left, and no, I don't judge. Me? Judge others? Are you kidding me?? LOL

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  5. I love that you guys celebrate the season like this! What is in that yummy looking Gulasch! Your hubby rocks for making it! xo

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