Oktoberfest is fast approaching! Now is the time to start planning your 'German Day' with German food, beer, and merrymaking!
Here are 10 tips for preparing your day!
Download, cut and color supplied Edelweiss flower to glue to Alpine Hats. Alternatively make small German flags with scrap paper to glue onto hats.
Lederhosen and dirndls are the traditional attire but if not available use suspenders for the men and pinafores and vests for the ladies. Make Alpine hats for everyone in a craft session!
Related: Alpine Hats Activity - Video included!
Drink local beer! Support the locals by buying beer made in your community. Shandy for the ladies.
Sing 'Ein Prosit' in Unison several times a day!
Related: How to Sing in German
Taste beers from around the world: Mexico, Belgium, USA, Ireland, Japan, Germany, Brazil, Canada, England. (Make sure you check the rules and regulations regarding alcohol at your facility).
Serve with Weisswurst, Knackwurst, or Bratwurst cut into small circles and potato salad. German sausage can be substituted by schnitzel made from chicken, veal or pork.
NOTE: If warming up again a second time, do not allow to boil otherwise it will curdle.
Play some fun carnival games!
Have staff, clients, and visiting children to perform 'The Chicken Dance'
Find more ideas for Oktoberfest here: Oktoberfest Party Ideas
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Test your knowledge of German culture! This activity is also suitable as a reminiscing activity for seniors from Germany.
This is a great recipe to make any time of the year but especially in October in time for Oktoberfest! Everybody can join in peeling apples, grating lemon zest and reminiscing about other sauces around a large table.
Celebrate October Fest with a typical German Lunch: Weisswurst and sauerkraut in a bun with loads of mustard.
Winston Churchill summed it nicely (and wisely) when he said:
‘Always remember that I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me.’
Also called a Tyrolean hat, the Alpine hat is the perfect accessory for an Oktoberfest Party! These hats come in a variety of styles and are used by German, Austrian and Swiss people. This cute paper version is so simple to make!
If there is one song you are absolutely guaranteed to hear at an Oktoberfest celebration in Germany, it's 'Ein Prosit'. Music and festivities are interrupted every 20 minutes to play it and remind the crowd they are at the fest!