Willkommen, freunde!

My Scandinavian heritage has always been the part that I easily identified with. So I thought it high time to start channeling my inner German and October is the best month for it! It is Oktoberfest time and the season when everybody is German. It is a great excuse to get friends and family together for some quality time. I was so proud that I was able to act on my idea and got my invites out in plenty of time. Winning!

My vision was to have a stein for every guest to use during the night, but every party store or website was too expensive. I finally checked Ikea and they had the perfect stein and for a great price! I used left over paper from our wedding invites, bakers twine, and stamps to label each mug for our guests. We asked our guests to bring a growler of the their favorite beer to share. It was fun to taste test a variety of local beers.

Party City, Walmart, Amazon and a variety of other outlets had some decorations that were not over the top cheesy, and I couldn't pass them up. Party City was the least expensive and we were able to pick up the supplies in store.

A few German dishes rounded out the menu perfectly. A quick internet search brought up red cabbage and a potato salad. Both were delicious, easy, and economical! Still, I felt like we needed to offer baked beans and potato chips for those that weren't feeling as adventurous.

Pretzel brat buns, sauerkraut, and sweet hot mustard were details we couldn't pass up.

We lucked out with an ideal evening for our festivities. An inaugural bonfire was a must and I have to say was the creme de la creme of the night.

Vi ses senare!
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