You don’t have to travel to Munich, Germany, to enjoy a traditional Oktoberfest celebration this fall. Instead, you can plan on hosting a fun event at your own home, inviting your closest friends, neighbors and family members over for a fun evening of German-style beer, food, music and merriment. Of course, the last thing you want is for your big Oktoberfest celebration to be a detriment to the environment or to your budget, so you do want to take a few steps to throw an energy- and cost-efficient Oktoberfest celebration.
An energy efficient atmosphere
When you close your eyes and envision your Oktoberfest celebration, you may hear the distinctive sounds of traditional German folk music and see the trees and patio of your backyard strung up with festive lights while your nearest and dearest enjoy the festivities together. These are surefire ways to establish a German-themed ambiance that is suitable for an Oktoberfest celebration to remember, but these also can inflate your energy bill. There are a few different ways to create the right atmosphere without draining your wallet. First, consider investing in energy-efficient LED lights. These can use up to 75 percent less energy than traditional stringed lighting using incandescent bulbs. Placing German-themed candles on your table tops can also add atmosphere without using any energy. For music, consider hiring a live German band rather than blaring music from your sound system. This eliminates the electricity associated with music, and it also creates a far more unique and memorable experience for your guests to enjoy.
Food and drinks
An Oktoberfest celebration simply would not be complete without plenty of authentic German beer, brats, sauerkraut and other traditional German fare. Save energy by giving your refrigerator, oven and stove a rest. To keep the beer cold, consider placing large, traditional bins filled with ice and beer strategically around the yard. Your guests will have a great time sifting through the different varieties available to choose from in each of the bins, and you only need to worry about filling the bins with ice periodically throughout the evening. Your guests will also love savoring the smells of foods prepared outdoors on the grill.
Whether you are hosting your first Oktoberfest event or it’s one you host each year, take time to consider how you can implement some of these ideas. Your party guests will love what these ideas bring to your event, and you will love cutting down on energy costs.
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