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It's fair to say the Germans really know how to throw a party. After all, each year they stage arguably the world's largest event in the form of Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest traditionally attracts 6 million people to enjoy the fun, festivities and frivolities, but if you're looking to stage some German festivities on a slightly smaller scale, here is a guide on how to get started.
Dress the part
No themed party is complete without the correct attire and when it comes to Germany, the traditional attire is dirndls, or maid's dresses, for the ladies, and lederhosen (short pants with suspenders) for the gents.
The dirndl comprises a blouse, bodice (complete with embroidery and fastenings or laces), a full skirt of varying lengths and an apron. As an aside, where a woman knots her apron indicates her status - on the left means the woman is single and available and tied on the right means she is spoken for.
Meanwhile lederhosen are traditionally leather breeches of short or knee-length. The outfit can be complemented by a shirt, braces, vest and jacket and is usually worn with long socks and special shoes.
Any good costume attire shop such as Disguises, should be able to assist with suitable German dress whether you are looking to embrace a traditional look or a festive spin. click herefor further information.
German food is traditionally rich, hearty and thoroughly enjoyable, so what better way to complete your party than with some delectable delights of Deutschland?
There are some great recipes online, but if you're after a little inspiration, consider brezel, schnitzel or wurst (sausages). There are more than 1,500 types of sausages to be enjoyed at street stalls throughout Germany, so wurst is a must-have for your party. Team it with sauerkraut for a truly German experience.
German desserts and cakes are also fantastic, so consider apple strudel and Black Forest cake to complete your meal.
Haul out the check tablecloths and collect some beer steins; decorations add a sense of authenticity to your German do. From toothpicks to German flags, and Oktoberfest signage to insignia, there is a bevy of offerings online when it comes to decking out your German-themed party.
Complete your party picture with some traditional beerhall music to have your guests enjoying some serious good cheer. A Google search for German Oompah music will bring up some traditional numbers, and there are even CDs, playlists and stations dedicated to Oktoberfest. But if you're after some specifics, load up your IPod with the likes of Ein Prosit, Fliegerlied and Esellied.
Terms and phrases
Break out a little vernacular to really get into the swing of the party. ‘Guten Abend’ is good evening, while ‘guten Tag’ is ‘good day’. Perhaps most importantly,’prost’ is ‘cheers’.
So here's prost to your German festivities! Be sure to dress the part, enjoy the food, decorate to suit and dance up a storm. You are sure to have a guten Abend.