Well, our Octoberfest has come and gone.
Overall, it was great fun.....
The weather predicted actually happened and our plans had to shift to plan B...it rained, so everything had to move inside. It stopped drizzling just enough for the little kids to pick their pumpkins, which was the fun outside. They took that time to run around the raised beds and enjoy the outdoors, as you scrunch 17 people inside with set tables, it got cozy.
There was a ton of food, I always "over-do" the food, and we had hors d'oeuvres and then chicken brats, chicken and apple brats, pork brats, sauerkraut, German potato salad, Sauerbraten (recipe from Food network, Alton Brown), green salad, pasta salad, rolls and then dessert.
After we all ate it was pumpkin carving time. We set the front foyer up with drop cloths and little tables and everyone got into it! The contest was on!
We gave prizes for most unique, best classic and a kids category. Of course by that time, children were getting more than tired....
We enjoyed all the desserts and everyone took home carmel apples, chocolate apples and cake.
With the last person out the door at 9pm, I think the party for a first year, turned out pretty good...
Maybe next year we will look for an easy up or two and be able to spill outside should the weather turn, well, into Fall.
Happy Fall everyone!