DIY inspiration: Menu napkin rings. I love this idea. For large gatherings, add guest names and this can serve double duty as place card and menu; for smaller or more close knit gatherings...this adds style and glamour because it is so unexpected (at least in my home!!).
German Sauerkraut & Bratwurst & Bacon Onion Potatoes
This is authentic! I lived in Germany for 3+ years, and this is the way my German neighbor taught me to make delicious sauerkraut. Takes a bit more time than just opening up a briny can of kraut and heating thru on the stove ... but it is SO worth it. Add some nicely browned Bratwurst, some applesauce (Apfelmousse), some fries (Pommes Frites), some brown bread (Graubrot or Schwarzbrot)... and you have a great meal, as prepared in the style of the Hessen region of Germany!