October 27, 2012

Oktoberfest for George

I am obsessed with my daughter: meet George, my miniature dachshund.  Greg and I are pretty pathetic in our love for her!  George recently turned ten and I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate her and her German heritage than with an Oktoberfest themed birthday party (with sausages, of course!).  Greg turned our backyard into a German beer garden with blue & white Oktoberfest pennant flags and a long beer hall table, scattered with beer coasters and white pumpkins.  While I don't normally rush to big party stores for my decorations, for this theme, a little kitsch felt appropriate.  Greg's other major contribution was a festive playlist that took me right back to my debaucherous weekend in Munich: e.g. Hey! Baby, 80s power ballads & Fliegerlied (I may or may not have been dancing on the table by the end of the night, possibly due to a few too many Oktoberfest brews!).  Amy further set the tone by making thematic signs and food cards; she also created a craft station for the kids, complete with George coloring books and dachshund stickers.  Though I'm not usually a costume person, I really wanted to dress as a beer maid!  However, all of the options out there were creepy, sexy versions (what's with all of the slutty costumes?!!).  Instead I focused on the food with a classic Oktoberfest menu: sausages, pretzels, mustards and more.  For George's birthday dessert, I made Ina Garten's outrageous brownies with her German chocolate cupcake frosting: a winning combo.  I got a lot of flak for my 'please no dog policy' but the day was really all about George and she's a people dog!  

The Menu


assorted german beers


homemade spicy pickles: green beans, baby zucchini, purple carrots, cauliflower & beets

salami, cheese & german brown bread

radish & turnip crudites


german sausages & sauerkraut

soft pretzels & assorted mustards

german potato salad with cornichons

maple glazed carrots & fennel

creamy cucumber dill salad

winter greens with fuji apples & cider vinaigrette


german chocolate brownies

pretzel shortbread cookies

haribo gummy bears

1 comment:

Deirdre Zahl said...

George!!! I remember when George was the size of a hot dog and having cocktails with us at the Tribeca Grand. Good Ole' George, she deserves every bit of her fabulous party!!! Wish Calhoun and I could have attended...

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