Beer Garden Soiree
The German heritage kicked off their Oktoberfest celebration September 20 which lasts until October 5. This year marks the 181st Oktoberfest for Munich, Germany, which is known to be the World’s Largest Fair! To get into the fall spirit, we decided to throw our very own Oktoberfest soiree complete with a homemade beer garden. This was one of the best soirees yet!
With such unusual, tasty beers out on the market during the fall, we thought the best way to create a bountiful beer garden was to have our guests contribute to the party by bringing a unique seasonal pack of brews. Not only did this help cut down the costs to throw this particular party, it was a way to taste beers we would never try before!
We wanted to create a special space on our patio to build our beer garden. After looking around, I thought a summer, glass dinner table set under a pergola would be the perfect space. The area was very bare, so we had to use a lot of creativity to make it special.
Instead of staking a cooler on top of the table, I made my own chest to hold the ice and beer in. Using about 20 bricks, I stacked two high, making a circle to make the start of the beer garden.
With a bare bottom, I cut down various branches in the back yard to weave in and out of the base of the table, to really give it the garden feel, then surrounded the bottom with blooming mum pots.
Now the edges of the table needed some decor too. So I found outdoor lanterns at Target in the summer clearance section for $2.98 a piece! I thought these were a perfect transition piece, from summer to fall entertaining, with it’s neutral coloring. And then I placed a six foot greenery garland around the base of the brick garden.
With a few more decorations we found around the house and more lanterns, the look was complete! Ashley and I filled the garden with ice and our beer to get the party going. I created a chalkboard out of an old fence, cardboard and chalkboard paint (stay tuned, pictures from the DIY chalkboard will be up this week!) and had all the guests write down what beer their brought, sort of like a beer menu.
One of my new purchases I just love, is a pine picnic table from Lowes! I’ve been in the market for a picnic table because I love the idea of outdoor soirees during the fall weather. When shopping for the bricks, there was one left and couldn’t pass it up! We set the table just off the patio with a fall themed runner, white plates and orange napkins with a lantern centerpiece. To start the party off, we served warm, soft pretzels with a mustard dipping sauce. The perfect combo with beer!
And finally the beer garden bloomed! We are so thankful to our friends who made a kick ass beer garden! Bringing beers we never heard of from pale ales, to IPA’s, to Pumpkin Beers, to some local brews.
Because we had so much beer and wanted to try them all, the best part of the night was going taste testing each one. With small cups near by, we stood in a circle, sampling each one and passing it on. That way we could pick our favorites to eat over dinner. So much fun!
Once we picked out favorites we headed back to the picnic table for dinner. The menu? Fall favorites with a German twist! This was our spin on a traditional Oktoberfest complete with bratwurst but with American fare such as a beer mac and cheese, garden salad and roasted vegetables.
- Warm Soft Pretzels with a Mustard Dipping Sauce
- Chicken Apple Sausage
- Beer Mac and Cheese
- Roasted Carrots
- Wild Green Salad
- Cheese Danishes
- A wide variety of seasonal beers
To finish off the evening we bundled up and played Cards Against Humanity, of course, and trying more beers! This was one of our favorite parties to throw! Mainly because it was so easy! Everything needed to create the beer garden was found right in back yard with the exception of the bricks from the hardware store. The menu was simple enough where we were not trapped in the kitchen all day. And having our guests supply the beer took a lot of pressure off of us when it came to preparing. We didn’t try for a traditional Oktoberfest celebration with the cabbage, potato salad, schnitzel or anything like that. We had German inspired dishes but really wanted to make dishes current to our change of seasons and start our own tradition. Our guests loved it too! We will definitely recreate this soiree soon again!
How are you celebrating Oktoberfest, fall and the return of pumpkin beer? Let us know!
Category: Home Feature, Soirees
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