Maybe it’s because I’m a fall baby or maybe it’s because my hair is just so much more manageable in the cooler months, but for whatever reason, I love autumn! And so, to celebrate the season of harvest, I always invite my friends and family over for an annual German Oktoberfest event and here are a few of my favorite fall party ideas on a budget:
Appetizers and Starters
First of all, at my German Oktoberfest affair, I will be serving my guests plump hot pretzels with cups of spicy mustard or warm zesty cheese. You can find frozen pretzels in bulk at your local warehouse club and then fill your preheated oven with cookies sheets of twisted doughy treats. Speckle your hot pretzels with bulky salt for added flavor.
I also welcome my party goers with apple slices dipped in hot caramel and then showered with an assortment of add-ons like: raisins, mini marshmallows, chocolate and peanut butter morsels, fall colored sprinkles, M&Ms and more. These delectable apple snacks aren’t really a German tradition; however, they are a tasty fall delight that the kids will surely enjoy.
We will be featuring beer, beer and more beer for the adults and root beer for the little ones! Browse your local supermarket for German beers or better yet, visit Trader Joe’s for an outstanding selection of reasonably priced brews. If you are not on a budget, considering purchase a dozen or so glass beer steins from Crate and Barrel or even Kohl’s.
The Main Course
For my Oktoberfest main course, I will be keeping it simple and economical by serving bratwurst, sauerkraut, German potato salad and pickles. For another wonderful German delicacy, you may want to consider making a large batch of potato pancakes with a side of homemade applesauce.
For dessert: German chocolate cake, of course! And nowadays, you can even find an easy to prepare boxed cake mix in your grocery store. Simply follow the directions on the box, frost and serve.
Here is where I really get creative. Because the colors of the Bavarian flag are blue and white, you can easily decorate your party venue with coordinating table cloths, balloons and streamers. Then use empty German beer bottles with a blue and white flower inside as a one of a kind centerpiece. You can even line your tables with the bottles or group several of them at the center of each table.
Next, download and print pictures of German landmarks and scenery and then post them around your room. You may even want to have them laminated at your local office supply store. Or you can stick them to suitcases spread around the room. You can also use these types of photos to create your Oktoberfest invitations. And speaking of invitations, why not invite your guests to dress the part and wear the colors of blue and white along with overalls, shorts, vests or suspenders?