In Season: Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest Tasting

It’s time for another themed blog post with Jen at Cook It, Click It, Eat It. We chose Oktoberfest this time around since it is…October. Ironically, real Oktoberfest takes place mostly at the end of September, but I don’t like to get too caught up in specifics when there is beer to be sipped.

Oktoberfest Tasting

Since Oktoberfest is all about beer, I put together a fun quick tasting of several seasonal Oktoberfest beers. A beer tasting can get a little on the expensive side if you have to buy six packs of each beer. However, if you live near a Total Wine or store like it, stop by and make your own six pack and score single bottles of different beers to sample for significantly less money. For this tasting I picked up the following beers: Spaten Oktoberfest. Lake Front Oktoberfest, Harpoon Oktoberfest, Magic Hat Hex Ourtoberfest.

Oktoberfest Tasting

Aren’t they pretty? Even though they’re all the same type of beer, there are some noticeable color differences. We happen to have a set of 4 ounce tasting glasses because the husband home brews beer, but any small juice glass will work. A tasting serving should be about 4 ounces, so a 12 ounce bottle will yield 3 servings.

Oktoberfest Tasting

The husband and I worked our way through each one and wrote down our notes. Some crunchy pretzels helped clear our palates between sips. We started with the Spaten since it is the traditional German Oktoberfest. It was a good, very straightforward beer, not particularly complex but very drinkable. The American offerings were much more interesting, though, and we decided the Lake Front Oktoberfest was our favorite due to it’s sweet-bitter balanced finish and perfect fizziness.

 Oktoberfest Tasting

I whipped up a cute little beer tasting place mat to help us keep track of the beers and record our notes. You can download it here if you ever want to try your own beer tasting at home. I included a handy listing of beer terms at the bottom for inspiration during a tasting.
Beer Tasting Place Mat

Now, the picture below was staged, this is NOT how you want to end up after a tasting! We had a great time sampling the Oktoberfests, which was a type of beer I was not super familiar with. Make sure to jump over to Jen’s blog and check out the delicious food side of Oktoberfest, too!

Oktoberfest Tasting

Photobooth Free Printables Round Up

Funky Photobooth Props from The Pretty Blog

This weekend I am headed to the mountains to meet a bunch of friends from college for a girl’s weekend. I am super excited to see them all AND we were all asked to coordinate some kind of activity. It will be so fun to see what everyone has planned. I have a fun and silly craft activity in store and then a photo booth set up to show off what everyone makes. I’m hoping the ladies all humor me and really get into it. There will be alcohol and old Ludacris tracks involved, so that will help!

I wanted a few props for the photos as well, and an internet search pulled up, well, mostly Oh Happy Day’s printable props. Which are FANTASTIC, but I wanted something a little less elaborate. I ended up just free hand cutting some things, but here are a few great printable ones I found, ranging from simple to quirky to fancy.

Are photo booths getting worn out in the party world? They certainly seem to be popping up everywhere. But, I have yet to attend a wedding or party with one, and darn it, I WANT to. So I’m taking matters into my own hands. Check back next week for the results!

Oh Happy Day’s Photo Props #2

Patterned Mustaches from Catch My Party

Hilarious Scarves and Such from Accent the Party

Simple lips, mustaches, and glasses from Craftzee

FREE ‘So Long Summer’ Printable Party Kit

So long summer printable party

Labor Day weekend always means the end of summer for me. Maybe it’s because growing up, the Tuesday after Labor Day was always our first day back to school. Or maybe it’s because even here in the South, a few trees have that golden glimmer that says they’re thinking about turning.

In honor of the last weekend of summer, I put together this printable party kit. It’s perfect for that final BBQ or picnic of the summer. It includes a ‘So Long Summer’ banner, 6 flags for drink stirrers or food picks, 6 round dots for random decoration (silverware, glasses, guests), and 6 printable cards to record everyone’s favorite things about summer. Best of all, it’s FREE because that’s how I roll. Click on over to my Flickr to download the full size banner and flags/tags/cards pages. They’re sized to print on normal 8.5″ x 11″ paper or card stock.

Enjoy the last bits of summer, peeps!

So long summer printable party

So long summer printable partySo Long Summer Printable Tags

So long summer printable party

So Long Summer Printable Banner