The air is brisk and leaves are changing colors…finally fall is upon us, and the nights call for revelry, frothy beers and sizzling bratwurst! What better excuse to gather friends and family for food, drink and fun than an Oktoberfest-themed party? So send out those invites and set your table with the sights and smells of autumn!
Since October of 1810, the city of Munich has celebrated what is now the biggest festival in the world: Oktoberfest! It started with the royal wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen and has grown over the years to encompass music, horse racing, games and rides. Today, over 6 million visitors from across the globe converge in the great domed tents of Theresienwiese to eat, drink and be merry.
Celebrate the spirit of Oktoberfest in your own home by serving your guests traditional Bavarian beverages such as Weißbier and sparkling wine. Complement the drinks with delicious classic dishes, such as roast chicken, sausage, sauerkraut and braided pretzel breads.
When setting the table for your soiree, use a traditional Bavarian blue and white tablecloth, and create a celebratory mood with frosty beer steins and heaps of pretzels on platters. The Fall Flowers will tie the whole thing together with its colorful autumn leaves, yellow roses, mums, poms and rustic finish of wheat sprigs.
Add an element of fun by asking guests to bring their own steins, mugs and beer boots. You might be surprised by what turns up! Don’t forget to snap pics of the festivities for sharing later.
Don’t own a full Bavarian dirndl? Don’t worry—throw on a modern ensemble of blue and white, weave some fall-colored flowers into your locks, and complete the look with a simple, elegant apron. You’ll charm the lederhosen off your guests when you model your fresh take on tradition while holding a dish of simmering schnitzel.
If someone else is doing the entertaining, make sure to bring the perfect seasonal hostess gift: a Fall Harvest Bouquet.
Long after the celebration is over, your bouquet will keep the warm colors and scents of autumn alive in your home for weeks to come.