Backyard Oktoberfest's 8th Annual Party

Food:
Soft Bavarian Pretzels
Obatzda
Beer Cheese Dip
Whiskey Pretzels
Grilled Bratwurst
Grilled Thüringer
Sauerkraut
Red Cabbage
Käsespätzel
German Potato Salad
Boiled Red Potatoes
Oktoberfest Cookies
Bavarian Roasted Nuts
Drinks:
Paulaner Oktoberfest Märzen - Bottles
Hofbräu Oktoberfest - Bottles
Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest - Bottles
Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn - Bottles
German Red and White Wine
Soft Drinks
Water
Entertainment:
We had a balloon popping game like you see at the carnival. This year we ran it again as a tournament. If you miss, you are out. The winner was presented with a German shirt! After the tournament, prizes were awarded to those who could pop a remaining balloon.

The milk can toss game was back for another year. The goal is to get a 16" softball into the can. Since the cans had different sized openings, players had to alternate cans after each toss. It sounds easy but it is surprisingly difficult.

This year's Oktoberfest was a challenge once again since we welcomed our first child at the beginning of August. Luckily the little guy was great and so was the weather. It was a nice sunny day with temperatures in the 70s. The ceremonial barrel was welcomed back after having to sit out last year. We once again utilized our large garage to set up our food buffet. I had a great time running our balloon popping game. We had around 70 people show up this year. The only downside is that now the party is ending earlier than in previous years. We started breaking down around 10:30p but those who stayed until the end still had a blast.

Backyard Oktoberfest's 7th Annual Party

Food:
Soft Bavarian Pretzels
Obatzda
Beer Cheese Dip
Whiskey Pretzels
Grilled Bratwurst
Grilled Thüringer
Sauerkraut
Red Cabbage
Käsespätzel
German Potato Salad
Boiled Red Potatoes
Oktoberfest Cookies
Bavarian Roasted Nuts
Drinks:
Spaten Oktoberfest - Keg
Paulaner Oktoberfest Märzen - Keg
Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest - Bottles
Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn - Bottles
German Red and White Wine
Soft Drinks
Water
Entertainment:
We had a balloon popping game like you see at the carnival. This year we ran it as a tournament. If you miss, you are out. The winner was presented with an Old Style stein! After the tournament, prizes were awarded to those who could pop a remaining balloon.

We purchased another milk can for the milk can toss game. The goal is to get a 16" softball into the can. Since the cans had different sized openings, players had to alternate cans after each toss. It sounds easy but it is surprisingly difficult.

This year's Oktoberfest was a little bit of a challenge since we moved to a new house and we had to come up with a new layout. We also had to battle the heat since it was almost 90 degrees (average is 75). The ceremonial barrel was sacrificed so that we could put up fans in the tent. One plus side is that the new house offers a large garage with air conditioning. We were able to set up all of the food on a large buffet in the garage and provide a cool place for out guests to get our of the heat. We had around 65 guests brave the heat with us but it wasn't too bad because we had enough cold bier to go around. 

Backyard Oktoberfest's 6th Annual Party

Food:
Pretzels
Obatzda
Beer Cheese Dip
Grilled Bratwurst
Grilled Thüringer
Sauerkraut
Red Cabbage
Käsespätzel
German Potato Salad
Boiled Red Potatoes
Oktoberfest Cookies
Bavarian Roasted Nuts
Drinks:
Spaten Oktoberfest
Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest
Paulaner Oktoberfest Märzen
Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn
German Red and White Wine
Soft Drinks
Entertainment:
We had a balloon popping game like you see at the carnival. Prizes were awarded to those who could pop two balloons with two darts

The biggest entertainment of the night was the Chicago Cubs vs L.A. Dodgers Game 1 of the National League Championship Series. Cubs won 8-4. We set up a TV outside to allow our guests to enjoy the game along with Oktoberfest.

2016 Munich Oktoberfest

Have you ever wondered what it is like to experience the Wiesn? Now you can! Please enjoy the pictures and video from our trip to the 2016 Munich Oktoberfest. 

Bayerischer Defiliermarsch - Paulaner Festzelt - Winzerer Fähndl - Oktoberfest 2016 - Sunday, September 18, 2016

Full Ein Prosit - Paulaner Festzelt - Winzerer Fähndl - Oktoberfest 2016 - Sunday, September 18, 2016

Amsterdam - Paulaner Festzelt - Winzerer Fähndl - Oktoberfest 2016 - Sunday, September 18, 2016

1000 Träume weit - Paulaner Festzelt - Winzerer Fähndl - Oktoberfest 2016 - Sunday, September 18, 2016

Country Roads - Paulaner Festzelt - Winzerer Fähndl - Oktoberfest 2016 - Sunday, September 18, 2016

Happy - Paulaner Festzelt - Winzerer Fähndl - Oktoberfest 2016 - Sunday, September 18, 2016

Major Tom (Völlig losgelöst) - Paulaner Festzelt - Winzerer Fähndl - Oktoberfest 2016 - Sunday, September 18, 2016

Summer of '69 - Paulaner Festzelt - Winzerer Fähndl - Oktoberfest 2016 - Sunday, September 18, 2016

I'm a Believer - Paulaner Festzelt - Winzerer Fähndl - Oktoberfest 2016 - Sunday, September 18, 2016

YMCA - Paulaner Festzelt - Winzerer Fähndl - Oktoberfest 2016 - Sunday, September 18, 2016

New York, New York - Paulaner Festzelt - Winzerer Fähndl - Oktoberfest 2016 - Sunday, September 18, 2016

Surfin' USA - Paulaner Festzelt - Winzerer Fähndl - Oktoberfest 2016 - Sunday, September 18, 2016

Über den Wolken - Paulaner Festzelt - Winzerer Fähndl - Oktoberfest 2016 - Sunday, September 18, 2016

Que Sera Sera - Paulaner Festzelt - Winzerer Fähndl - Oktoberfest 2016 - Sunday, September 18, 2016

Ferris Wheel at Oktoberfest 2016 on Saturday, September 17, 2016.

Unknown Oktoberfest Song #7 - Paulaner Festzelt - Winzerer Fähndl - Oktoberfest 2016 - Sunday, September 18, 2016

Irgendwie Irgendwo Irgendwann - Paulaner Festzelt - Winzerer Fähndl - Oktoberfest 2016 - Sunday, September 18, 2016

Tagen wie diese - Paulaner Festzelt - Winzerer Fähndl - Oktoberfest 2016 - Sunday, September 18, 2016

Nosa Nosa - Paulaner Festzelt - Winzerer Fähndl - Oktoberfest 2016 - Sunday, September 18, 2016

Eine neue Liebe ist wie ein neues Leben - Paulaner Festzelt - Winzerer Fähndl - Oktoberfest 2016 - Sunday, September 18, 2016

Amarillo - Paulaner Festzelt - Winzerer Fähndl - Oktoberfest 2016 - Sunday, September 18, 2016

Can't Take My Eyes Off You - Paulaner Festzelt - Winzerer Fähndl - Oktoberfest 2016 - Sunday, September 18, 2016

Hulapalu - Paulaner Festzelt - Winzerer Fähndl - Oktoberfest 2016 - Sunday, September 18, 2016

Hey Baby - Paulaner Festzelt - Winzerer Fähndl - Oktoberfest 2016 - Sunday, September 18, 2016

I Will Survive - Paulaner Festzelt - Winzerer Fähndl - Oktoberfest 2016 - Sunday, September 18, 2016

Seven Nation Army - Paulaner Festzelt - Winzerer Fähndl - Oktoberfest 2016 - Sunday, September 18, 2016

Teenage Dirtbag - Paulaner Festzelt - Winzerer Fähndl - Oktoberfest 2016 - Sunday, September 18, 2016

I Love Rock 'n Roll - Paulaner Festzelt - Winzerer Fähndl - Oktoberfest 2016 - Sunday, September 18, 2016

Sweet Caroline - Paulaner Festzelt - Winzerer Fähndl - Oktoberfest 2016 - Sunday, September 18, 2016