We’ve been spending quite a lot of time outside in the evenings. Sure, it is still pretty warm here in Arizona, but it is significantly cooler now that the sun is setting earlier. With being outside, I can’t help but start planning and hosting some events of our own at the ranch. Every year, we kind of go all out during the holidays. Starting in September and headed through New Years. To kick off the holiday season, we’re sharing about our take on September’s number one holiday inspired event; a modern Oktoberfest Dinner Party.
Okay,we know, having an Oktoberfest dinner in September doesn’t make sense, right? But trust us, it totally does. Oktoberfest is a celebration that has been held nearly every year since 1810 in Munich, Germany. It is a 16-day festival that runs from late September into the first weekend in October. The festivities started on October 12th back in 1810 to celebrate the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. An average of 6 million people visit Munich during the Oktoberfest festival. That is a lot of pretzels, blue & white decorations, and don’t forget, beer.
This year, we wanted to host a modern Oktoberfest dinner party with unique details that stray away from the traditional bright blue, yellow and white patterns you see so often. I thought it could be unique to add some macrame and shibori inspired pieces to our setting. With the help of Rit Dye, I set out to tackle a couple of fun DIY elements. I had a couple of different items on my project list; a bar backdrop, custom dyed linen napkins, a custom wooden cake stand and watercolor paper products for our menu and name cards. I’ve seen a few different variations of similar ideas floating around the internet and just needed to find the perfect color that I wanted to achieve. Did you know that Rit Dye has a color formula tool on their website that has the recipes to achieve your desired color with their products? This was such a helpful tool when deciding exactly what colors I wanted to achieve. Making a piece exactly how I wanted was more reason for me to go with a DIY approach to the decor. Following the recipe for Star Sapphire (my color of choice) and the instructions on the bottles, I set out to create my projects.
The dip dyed yarn weaving turned out exactly how I wanted based on the different materials of the two yarns that I used. I dipped the piece right into my dye bath and let it soak for a minimum of 15 minutes. After that time passed, I pulled it out and blended the line with a wet paper towel. I used the same dye bath for my other pieces, including my dip dyed stationery items. I printed my menus and place cards on water color paper, cut to my desired sizing, and started dipping in my dye bath. I wanted each paper product to have a different look, so being able to dip right into the dye bath without using a brush or any tools that could cause a mess made my job so much easier. One thing I would like to note: Do not leave your paper product in the dye bath for more than a few seconds. You want the paper to grab the color without absorbing it into the paper too much. Once the desired colored is achieved, I would recommend blotting it with a paper towel to remove access dye and leave on a flat surface so the paper can dry. To say I was pleased with the outcome of our pieces would be an understatement. We’ve used Rit Dye on past projects, like this rainbow inspired table, and have always had such a user friendly experience. It’s one of the reasons we keep coming back to the brand and don’t see any plans of stopping.
For our meal, we went with some traditional German dishes. In the late morning of our get together, we started cooking up a storm. Starting with an apple cake, homemade German pretzels, and schnitzel, we soaked up the smells floating around our kitchen. With authentic German beers to wash it all down, we had such a fun night hosting our friends at our modern Oktoberfest dinner party. While it isn’t quite yet traditional ‘fall’ weather here in Arizona, it sure was nice to be able to sit outside underneath our cafe lights, catching up with close friends as the warm sun set on our ranch.
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