Aug 18 2010

How to Host an Oktoberfest Party

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Oktoberfest Party-Celebrate with Beer and FoodIf you are a beer enthusiast, or better yet, you like to brew your own beer, with August about a third of the way done you may be wondering whether or not you should host an Oktoberfest party for friends, family, and other beer lovers.

Oktoberfest, a 16-day festival held each year during late September and early October, is one of the most famous events in Germany and the world's largest fair, with some six million people attending every year and other cities across the world holding similar shindigs to celebrate. It’s a big event that’s worth having a party for, and as far as actually setting that party up goes, here are some helpful steps that outline the process.

1)    First off, you’ll want to pick a location. This particular autumn holiday is worth celebrating outside, but if you’re worried about weather conditions renting a tent may be a good investment. Of course, holding it inside doesn’t mean the end of the world either.

Schaufele - German Ham Pork Shoulder2)    Secondly, you’ll want to consider what types of food you’ll be having at your party. Sausage, cheese trays, pretzels, and bratwurst are all fairly simple food items to have at your party, but feel free to expand your menu however you want, though you may want to experiment ahead of time. Try preparing a traditional German favorite like schaufele (pork shoulder), which pairs fabulously with beer. Sticking to German cuisine isn’t a must, though whatever you make you’ll want to make a lot of. Hunger reigns supreme during Oktoberfest. After all, it’s a day dedicated to eating and drinking.

3)    Now on to what types of beer you’ll want to have. German beers like a pilsner are a good idea, but if you’re a self brewer you could always serve some of your own brew as well (don’t plan to use up your entire supply for just one party – you’ll do well to mix and match with store bought brands).

4)    Entertainment can consist of anything from an actual German Oompah band performing live at your party or a CD featuring German music intermixed with well liked, modern favorites.

5)    While you don’t have to go nuts with the décor unless you absolutely want to, one way to add a touch of simple German décor to your party is with classic beer mugs or steins that your guests can even take away as a keepsake of the event. Splendids offers a wide selection of 15 oz and 20 oz Beer Mugs perfect for clinking glasses, holding substantial amounts of alcohol, making your beer look oh-so tempting, and for celebrating holidays like Oktoberfest. If you want to personalize the mugs with your own custom Oktoberfest logo, also has a wide selection of high quality wholesale glass beer mugs

Now you have a good idea of what to do for Oktoberfest. Good luck throwing your party!


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