Oktoberfest Party ideas? Viel Glück!
There is no doubt that Oktoberfest is one of the most popular festivities in the world, with millions of people going to Germany each year to take part in a festival full of food, beer, and fun. However, you don’t need to go to Munich to enjoy this event, for we bring you the best Oktoberfest Party Ideas to help you throw the best Bavaria-inspired bash ever!
Oktoberfest is a 16-to-18-day festival held annually in Munich, Germany from mid-September through the first Sunday in October. This folk festival is an important part of Bavarian culture, having been held since the year 1810, and it includes elements as characteristic as funfair games, amusement rides and, of course, a wide variety of traditional foods and beer! So, if you’re ready, let’s dive in and start planning your own Oktoberfest at home!
Sie sind herzlich eingeladen!
The best way to get everyone in the mood for an Oktoberfest party is by starting with the right invitations, and this festivity allows for pretty creative elements to be used. How about an invitation shaped as a classic Oktoberfest beer mug? And what about mini flags? Or maybe you could get some vintage German postcards and colour copy them, or even design and create your own! Make sure to add some simple phrases in German to make it even more authentic, such as “Sie sind herzlich eingeladen!”, meaning “You’re cordially invited!”, “Wilkommen!”, as in “Welcome”, or even “Ein Prosit!”, which means “Toast!”.
When it comes to start thinking about the design and decorations for the party, it is always a good thing to rely on the colours that are classically associated with Oktoberfest. White and light blue are the colours of the Bavarian flag, the state where Munich is and where the original festival is held, so this combination is the most obvious choice for a colour scheme for good reason. However, if you want another colour combo, you could also draw your inspiration from the German flag, for going with red, black and yellow gold is also a guaranteed success. Get banners, centrepieces, and decorations that go with the colours you choose, in order to truly transform your venue space into a true Oktoberfest party.
At the moment of organising your party venues can vary depending on factors as availability or the weather, but it’s important to keep in mind that tents are a very characteristic element of Oktoberfest, so it would be nice to have them incorporated into your party in some way.
It’s easy to add them to an outdoor party, but if your event happens to be indoors, you should also incorporate them to the venue. You don’t need actual tents for an indoor event, but tent-like structures and draping can do wonders and transform your space into the heart of Bavaria!
Another way to add a true Oktoberfest feel to your party is with funny props and photo ops that make the atmosphere immersive. You could get some travel to Germany posters from a local travel agency, as well as some German and Bavarian flags to decorate the space. Get creative with the way you deliver your menu and put up some stands with signs in German, like “Biergarten” for a beer garden, or “Brezelständer” for a pretzel stand. In this way, you can include German details while presenting your food and drinks in a fun way.
Photobooths are another great idea, as they can double as decoration and entertainment. Having fun standees for guests to take photos is always fantastic, and an Oktoberfest theme allows for lots of different options, such as a beer stein, or a life size print out of German attires for guests to pose and take photos. You can also give accessories as classic green alpine hats or bear beads, which also work as a marvellous memento for guests to take home.
An Oktoberfest party also requires Oktoberfest entertainment, and there’s not a better way to create an atmosphere than with the music you would hear at the real festival. Hiring a traditional live German band would be the perfect touch for your party, for they are guaranteed to lit up the crowd of guests with their performance, inviting them to join the singing and getting everybody in a marvellous mood. If you are not able to hire a live band, there’s no need for you to worry either, for creating a playlist with traditional German songs – including the classic and unavoidable “Ein Prosit” – and popular tunes will work fantastically as well. One of the most important things in this party is having the right attitude. Do some karaoke and get ready to sing at the top of your lungs next to your friends!
Which takes us to another aspect of the entertainment subject. Make sure to complement the ambiance you have created with the decorations and the music with some fun games and activities. Always have your crowd in mind, for knowing their interests and preferences can dictate which games will bring the most fun to them. We recommend options such as a yodelling contest, a beer barrel roll race, stein races, a beer tasting and, of course, a beer drinking contest!
Now, once you have settled the details in terms of decoration, music and entertainment, it’s time to focus on what is undoubtedly one of the most important things in Oktoberfest: the food and drinks!
Obviously, the drink of choice in any Oktoberfest party is beer. Thankfully, nowadays is easy to find many options in the market in terms of beer. There are popular brands that produce German type beer, as well as local breweries with lots of options; they are mostly accessible and available for everybody. However, if your budget allows for it, you can always make the experience all the most authentic by importing true German beer from the Munich breweries that provide the official Oktoberfestbier that is served at the festival: Augustiner, Hacker-Pschorr, Hofbräu, Löwenbräu, Paulaner and Spaten. It is certainly an extra expense, but if you have the possibility, this would be an absolute win for you and your guests.
It’s also important to note that, even when beer is the main attraction in an Oktoberfest party, it is a good idea to keep non-alcoholic options available for any guests that might not drink alcohol.
Finally, when it comes to food, there are lots of options that can make the menu for your Oktoberfest party. Pretzels and Sauerkraut are probably the most famous Oktoberfest delicacies, but there are many more things you can have at your party, such as sausages, like Bratwurst, Knackwurst and, Thüringer, German potato salad, red cabbage, roasted chicken and pork roast. You can also add sweet treats such as apple strudel, German chocolate cake and traditional local cookies!
Once you have everything checked on your list, it’s just time to sent out those invitations and get ready to throw the best Oktoberfest party your guests have ever been to!
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