Oktoberfest Party

Kick off your Holiday season with hosting an Oktoberfest party . Get some ideas and tips to make it really fabulous. Below, you will find some ideas on how best you can organize an Oktoberfest party.

Oktoberfest Party Decorations and Supplies

Oktoberfest colors:

  • The traditional color scheme for an Oktoberfest party includes cobalt blue and white, which stand for the traditional colors used in the flag of the state of Bavaria.

  • Additionally, the colors of the German flag – black, red, and gold are often used for Oktoberfest party decorations. You may use these color schemes in the tableware, balloons, and decorative items chosen for an Oktoberfest party. 

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Oktoberfest banners:

  • These items are an excellent way to welcome your guests to your party. Banners having colors of the Bavarian flag or German flag are one of the widely used Oktoberfest party supplies.

  • You'll find banners having all-weather plastic pennants. These pennants come in white and blue check print which represents the Bavarian flag. The best thing is that you can use such a banner for an indoor as well as an outdoor party. 

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Oktoberfest tents:

  • The perfect Oktoberfest party would require you to set up large tents with the color scheme mentioned above. If you're looking to party indoors, hang an Oktoberfest canopy over your party table so that it almost looks like a tent.

  • Alternatively, you can create a canopy made of crepe paper, which resembles a tent. To decorate your party venue, you may drape crepe paper streamers from the ceiling. You may also use danglers, swirls, and pretzel cutouts to decorate the party venue. 

  • If you don't have enough space indoors and the weather conditions are good, you may create a pop-up tent or canopy in your backyard or the outdoor venue you've chosen for the party. Then you may decorate the canopy with white and blue streamers and balloons.

  • You can fix the Bavarian or German flag to the tent or canopy. If you aren't using tents, and the party is held indoors, then you may hang the flags on the walls.

     

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Oktoberfest centerpieces:

  • One of the most exciting Oktoberfest party ideas is to use table centerpieces which add to the look and feel of the party. Place a beer stein at the center of a dinner plate and keep some German flags on it. Keep some fresh flowers in the stein.

  • Place some pretzels on the plate close to the stein. Cover the table with a cloth having an Oktoberfest color scheme. Place the plate with the stein on the table; it'll make the perfect centerpiece and add value to your party décor.

  • One of the popular Oktoberfest party supplies used as a centerpiece is a metal tub filled with beer and ice. You may decorate the tub with ribbons that match your party colors. In addition, you can place a paper top hat on your party table.

  • The hat may have the word “Oktoberfest” engraved on it. The colors of the hat should match the colors of the Bavarian or German flag. Fill the hat with candies or pretzels; it'll make an excellent centerpiece for your party table. A basket full of pumpkins and gourds can serve as the ideal centerpiece for your party table. A beer mug (not having beer) full of sand with a candle placed at its middle, will look equally good and add to your party décor. 

  • An exciting idea f your Oktoberfest party décor is to use balloon bouquets with the German flag or Bavarian flag colors as table centerpieces.

  • Flower bouquets with carnations and dried wheat or a bunch of flowers kept in beer mugs can add to your table decorations. Aside from these Oktoberfest party decorations, you may use wooden barrels and kegs to adorn your party venue. Cover these barrels and kegs with ribbons and flowers in order to add to your decorations for Oktoberfest party. 

    Posters:

    • You may get posters from travel agencies so as to decorate your party venue with them. Alternatively, you can cut out pictures from a German calendar and use them for your party décor. Use decorative items to adorn the posters and pictures.

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    Oktoberfest Party Favors

    Here's a list of party favors that can make your guests smile and cheer on this special occasion. 

     

    German beer: 

    You can gift your dear ones and guests a bottle of branded German beer, which comes with a personalized label. It's a great way to delight them after your Oktoberfest party is over.

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    A bag full of goodies:

     You may get your guests a bag full of goodies like chocolate covered pretzels, German candies, and a bottle of German beer. In addition, you may include CDs of Polka music in the bag.

    Beer candles:

    These are basically glass mugs filled with gel. The gel is topped with wax so that it appears like a foamy glass of beer. Such beer candles can actually burn for 80 hours and more!

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    Oktoberfest party beads:

    These blue colored beads have medallions attached at their ends. Such a party favor will surely be appreciated by your guests.

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    Oktoberfest party Activities

    Some of the activities that can make your party fun and exciting are mentioned here.

    Beer stein race: 

    In this game, each participant will take a large beer stein and race up to a certain distance. Whoever has the maximum amount of beer left in his stein after reaching the destination, will be declared the winner of the race.

    Costume contest:

    Encourage your guests to attend your Oktoberfest party in traditional German costumes. The person who has the best costume in terms of tradition, colors, and style will be the winner of the contest!

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    Beer tasting: 

    It's an activity that'll add fun and excitement to your Oktoberfest party. All you have to do is choose a variety of beers for your dear ones to taste and enjoy the party. Place the beer bottles on the table and keep a place card with each type of beer, which will have its name. Place a comment sheet beside each beer bottle so that people can offer their feedback. After everyone has given their feedback, let them taste their favorite beer and have fun in the party.

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    Music and dance: 

    Well, Oktoberfest is not just about beer, drinks, and exciting food. There's more to it! Music and dance are an essential part of an Oktoberfest themed party. You can arrange for the traditional Oompah band music, Polka music, and some rock music as well. Of course, you'd want to encourage your guests so that they participate in the traditional Chicken Dance.

     

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    Ideas for Oktoberfest Party Menu

    Your party menu may include some of the food items stated below: 
  • Potato salad

  • Potato pancakes served with sour cream

  • German apple cake

  • Pretzels with dipping sauces

  • Frankfurters (hot dogs)  

  • One of the most popular Oktoberfest party ideas is to include Germany's spicy snack – Currywurst in your menu. Currywurst is the staple snack relished by people attending Oktoberfest in Munich. German bread roll is another popular food item included in an Oktoberfest party menu.

  • Beer-marinated Bratwurst sausages and of course, beers from notable brands like Ayinger, Bitburger, and Pinkus add a German flavor to your Oktoberfest party food. Know more about the party food from our section on Oktoberfest recipes and food.

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    Oktoberfest Party Invitations

    Below, you will find ideas on what kind of invitations you should send for your Oktoberfest party.

    Personalized invitations: 

    It's best to invite your guests by sending personalized Oktoberfest invitations. So, look for the templates of such invitations from a variety of websites. Such invitations can have the photo of the host and hostess wearing German costumes. You may use a Fraktur font that represents the German style of blackletter.

    Beer mug invitations: 

    One of the most popular Oktoberfest party ideas is to go for invitations having the photo of beer mugs and a basket full of pretzels, with text that creates the mood for celebration.

    Use German postcards:

     An interesting idea for Oktoberfest party invitations is to use German postcards available in vintage stores. You may cut out pictures from those cards and paste them in the blank cards you've purchased for your guests.

    Invitations with German toothpick flags:

    One of the exciting ideas for your party invitations is to attach German toothpick flags with cardstock paper that come in different colors. You can then write a special text like “You are cordially invited” on a thin strip of paper and paste it in the middle of the cardstock. Try sticking the flag and the strip in an “X” fashion. 

      

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