Oktoberfest Party Guide

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The party guide helps plan a themed Oktoberfest event with ideas, tips in the food departments, creative crafts, and clever conversation chats, menus, recipes, cookies, cakes and food labels. Free printable games, puzzles, place name cards and coloring pages.

Oktoberfest is a time of revelry, celebration, camaraderie, good food and, of course, beer—and while sipping their fine spirits, Oktoberfest guests will want to hear a fine selection of party songs.

Indeed, the ideal Oktoberfest playlist will feature both classic German songs and jazzy American party songs; all of which will celebrate the joys of beer and good times.

Dahoam is dohoam by Zillertaler Schuerzenjaeger
Red Red Wine by UB40
Timple Boarischer by Schuerzenjaeger
Margaritaville by Jimmy Buffett
Bruttosozialprodukt by Geier Sturzflug
99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall by The Three Tenors
It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere by Alan Jackson
Two Pina Coladas by Garth Brooks
Big City Nights by The Scorpions (perhaps Germany’s most famous hard rock band)
While guests enjoy this ‘spirited’ playlist, they also can savor a full range of Oktoberfest party supplies. These could include a paper mache centerpiece that resembles an overflowing beer mug, genuine beer mugs, both glass and plastic, that will hold heaping servings of this frothy brew, tin and plastic party trays to hold meats and cheeses (nice, tasty supplements to all that beer?), as well as paper link and plastic banners emblazoned with the colors of fall; i.e., brown, gold, red and bronze. Inspirational suggestion: Go to bed early so that you can get enough sleep before the demands of the next day. Good organization is the key to planning an occasion with less stress, so may lists and check things off as you go. Group activities and games can be used to keep the guests entertained while keeping them busy at the same time.

Oktoberfest homemade party supplies such as costumes, plastic beer mugs and handmade party streamers are the perfect additions to an Oktoberfest party. Your Oktoberfest guests will enjoy the handmade party supplies such as handmade Oktoberfest tablecloths, homemade door curtains and handmade Oktoberfest flags.

A great project for the young guests attending this party would to make their own German Oktoberfest costumes out of paper bags. These homemade costumes can created out of paper bags by cutting a place for a head in the top and arms on the sides. Then the children can decorate their bag to make it look like an authentic German Oktoberfest outfit. This fun craft will be a great way of letting the children make their own homemade Oktoberfest party supplies.

Handmade party supplies such as homemade centerpieces, name plates and tablecloths will be very popular at your Oktoberfest celebration and most often will compare to no others. Most of the children enjoy crafts and therefore giving them the chance to create their own homemade Oktoberfest party supplies will be well received. In addition to the homemade placemats, handmade name plates and homemade Oktoberfest tablecloths other homemade Oktoberfest party supplies can include German hats, homemade wooden shoes, balloon bouquets and handmade Oktoberfest centerpieces.

While Germany is well known for throwing this event, have one at home, with friends to celebrate an Oktoberfest theme cake for all to enjoy. Just need to gather the necessary ingredients to make the cake and do some decorations. Bake the German chocolate cake from the box as directed. So here we go for the frosting, first start by figuring on doing a German chocolate cake. Start by gather these ingredients; 1 cup of evaporated milk, 1 cup white sugar, 3 egg yolks beaten with 1 teaspoon of water, ˝ cup of margarine, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, 1 cup chopped pecans and 1 cup of flaked coconut. That completes the list of ingredients needed to make the cake, all that is lacking now is the directions. Moving right along then, start by combining these ingredients into a large saucepan; evaporated milk, sugar, egg yolks, margarine and vanilla. This mixture will need to be cooked over low heat with constant stirring, until it becomes thick. Take away from the heat and toss in the pecans and coconut, then stir. Last step for this homemade frosting, spread evenly over the cake while the frosting is still warm.

Oktoberfest has become known as the largest fair in the world as every year it brings together nearly 6 million people in Munich Bavaria Germany. Intended to celebrate a historic marriage the celebration lasts 16-17 days depending on how the calendar year falls. Alcohol, beer mainly, plays a significant role in the festival, made heartily darker and of higher alcohol content when prepared for the festivities. Similarly, foods of the Bavarian culture such as sausage, chicken, cheese noodles and sauerkraut are served throughout the fairgrounds.

The unification of Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese from Saxe-Hildburghausen in holy matrimony on October 12th, 1810 sparked the tradition of the widely known Oktoberfest Oktoberfest of today. Becoming annual event, it has rarely been cancelled; 24 times of cancellation exist today in its past of nearly 200 years. Main issues of cause for cancellation are related to war and disease.

In 1835, a parade was inducted into the common procedures prior to the festivities. Gatherings nearing 8000 people join in center of Munich on Maximilian Street for the annual Bavarian rich addition to the celebratory events of Oktoberfest.

As with any social event, alcohol and partakers of often can cause a scene that is less than respectable to some. There has always been a rising issue surrounding the alcohol consumption of younger participants and how they behave there after. Those that cannot handle what they have consumed are called Bierleichen, which stands for beer corpses in Deutsch, and when the inebriation reaches a point of passing out they are brought to the medical tent where they can be looked after.

The most recent development towards creating a more family-friendly atmosphere during Oktoberfest contains two parameters. In 2005 it was purposed and accepted no Schlager will be drank until 6:00 in the evening. Likewise, pop music would not be played but rather a soft melody of traditional wind music would float across the atmosphere, certainly no disco music Seemingly successful, many families have enjoyed the comfort of a child-appropriate setting with which they can enjoy with their families.

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Oktoberfest History, Facts and Educational Resources

Add an educational twist to any birthday party, holiday celebration, or theme party.  Share the history of the Oktoberfest theme to the guests.  Play some free printable educational party games.  Shhh don't tell the kids that they are learning!

The history of Oktoberfest has made this time one of the most famous events for Germany, as well as the world’s largest festival. It is a celebration, called Oktobe, and it runs for 16 to 18 days each year. Germany, Bavaria, and Munich celebrate it from the end of September into the first weekend in October, and over five million people attend it each year.

Hearty celebrations take place,wherein chicken, roast port, sausages, grilled fish, dumplings, pretzels, and more are presented.

As history tells it, the original Oktoberfest took place in Munich in 1810. It was actually a public commemoration of the marriage between Crown Prince Ludwig, who later became King Ludwig I, and Princess Therese of Bavaria. In 1811, Bavarian agriculture needed a boost, so a show and a horse race was added to the agenda. In 1816, carnival booths arrived to the festival scene, where prizes of porcelain, silver, and jewelry were presented. By 1819, Munich declared themselves responsible for the management of the festival, and they agreed that Oktoberfest was going to be an annual event.

In 1880, the birth of electric light made the festival illuminated, and in 1881 bratwursts began selling, as well as beer, which was first served in glass mugs in the year 1892.

By the end of the nineteenth century, games and dance floors were introduced, as well a trees to climb inside beer booth. More room for musicians was needed, and so the booths became halls.

In 1910, Oktoberfest had celebrated its birthday of 100 years, and in 1913 the largest Oktoberfest beer tent was set up, with room for 12,000 or more guests. The right favors given to the guests will allow them to remember that day many years from now. Never underestimate the power of a clear glass bowl; fill it with flowers, or glass marbles, or seashells, or candy or chips, or make it a dish garden centerpiece or put holiday ornaments in it. The right favors given to the guests will allow them to remember that day many years from now. The history of Oktoberfest has different interpretations by each person, so use your own judgement. Share these facts with friends at a celebration.
The Party Supplies Hut has more free elementary educational teacher resources for Oktoberfest to use in the classroom for active learning to create lesson plans with trivia questions, games and fun activities.

History of Oktoberfest
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