Take a look at our Oktoberfest party tablescape.
That’s right! We have set the table!!!
For an eighteen day long partee! Aka – the first annual Craft Beering Oktoberfest Bash! This year Oktoberfest begins on September 16 and will go on until October 3rd. There will be delicious Oktoberfest eats, traditional and innovative craft brews, Bavarian beer hall songs and guests!!! What’s a party without the guests, right? Whether they are dressed up in dirndls and lederhosen or not.
Typically, you won’t see me cheering for Fall’s arrival. Actually, it has never happened and I doubt that it will. Thank goodness for Oktoberfest to ease me into the colder, shorter, gloomier days of what always seems to be falling into a slumber…aka Fall/Winter. And thank goodness for Chris, whose favorite time of year includes Thanksgiving/Christmas and the cold, snowy seven-hour long days of January. That’s how one turns out after growing up in Florida… In any event, Chris helps me get through ‘slumber’ season.
Right now though – our focus is on Oktoberfest. Yes, it is possible to feel very grateful for the marriage of two people that took place back on October 12, 1810. Regardless of his marital indiscretions, one has to acknowledge King Ludwig I and his good taste in women, for princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen was a famous beauty and a smart lady and was definitely worth the celebrations that gave rise to centuries of Oktoberfest festivities.
Thank you Bavarian (and by extension all German) people for so enthusiastically embracing and for so generously sharing Oktoberfest with the rest of the world. Beer truly is an omnipotent unifier!
Of course we are going to have a party! Welcome to Craft Beering Oktoberfest Bash 2017!
We present our easy Oktoberfest Party Tablescape
…and we shall waste no time at all pouring a beer while waiting for the guests and the food to arrive! That first beer before a party officially starts always tastes best, right?
Some of our guests will show up bearing platters of gorgeous, drool-worthy Oktoberfest food:) Yeah, we know who to invite. Stick with us 🙂 And we are fully stocked with napkins and have plenty of beer to go around! Proper craft beering takes serious planning. Especially the Oktoberfest Bash kind.
Let’s talk about the blue and white lozenge pattern on the table that is so symbolic of Oktoberfest decor. Both the colors and the pattern have been associated with the Bavarian flag since the beginning of the House of Wittelsbach rule in 1180. Some Bavarians believe that they represent the beautiful Alpine blue lakes of Bavaria and the white clouds reflected in them. Later in history, the lozenge pattern was established as the banner of Bavarian armies, especially during the Napoleonic Wars.
By the way, the pretty lozenge garland wrapped around and running in between the two huge German growlers with wheat stalks in the pictures is totally handmade! By me! With help:) I asked a fellow blogger who has serious decorating skills to create these for our Oktoberfest party tablescape. She did! She also kindly placed a link to the file for the lozenge garland in her recent Oktoberfest post. So you can go download it and make your own pretty garlands! Thank you Leanna!
The beers of Oktoberfest
Stay tuned for a post next week touching on the history, flavors and generally happy life of the delicious beers of Oktoberfest! We will have other examples in addition to the two Märzen varieties featured in this Oktoberfest party tablescape and will discuss how they are made. Beer tasting included.
The Story of Oktoberfest’s Wiesn (in four sentences)
The first sentence being – ‘What is Wiesn?’
In short, Wiesn is the Bavarian word for the German term Weisen, which means grassy open area. The best way to translate it into English is to say ‘fairgrounds’. The nearly 42 hectare grounds near St. Pauls Church in Munich where Oktoberfest takes place are referred to as “Theresienwiese” or the fairgrounds of Therese.
If you like the awesome Wiesn banner in the pictures and want to make your own for under $2 you are in luck – Leanna has you covered with a free printable. We will be using the rest of the decorations created by her in an upcoming picnic style Bavarian party post. If you do visit her blog Faeries and Fauna Craft Co. and download the free templates don’t forget to say “Vielen Dank!” or “Danksche” to her. It’s the Bavarian way:)
So yes! We are ready to party and hope you join us and our food bearing guests! Stay tuned for the official Craft Beering Oktoberfest Bash 2017 start later this week!