Oktoberfest encompasses everything fun about fall – music, beer, food and general merriment. For many, hosting an Oktoberfest party is a perfect way to usher in autumn, and if you want your event to be the ‘talk of the town’ be sure to give your guests what they want.
Ready to start planning your own Oktoberfest party? Use the tips here to create an unforgettable event.
Create the ‘look’
Oktoberfest celebrations are typically held outdoors amidst the cool, fall weather. If you’re worried about rain, consider renting a large tent for the area. Also, be sure to get lots of tables and chairs – plastic, wood or any other material – arranged into various sitting areas. Set up plenty of lights to ensure the celebration can keep going long after the sun goes down. While it may be tempting to install flood lights or extremely bright overhead lights, opt for something softer and less invasive, such as garden lights or even torches. A tip that can really make a party pop is to use a mix of white and orange Christmas lights strung throughout the party area.
Make it comfortable
This is a party. Things will be spilled. This means you need to avoid using stuffy, expensive or pretentious furnishings. The goal for an Oktoberfest party should not be to ‘wow’ your guests with your expensive tastes and furniture, but rather make the area comfortable and worry-free.
The traditional Oktoberfest, which takes place in Munich, Germany, is well-known for singing, dancing and climbing on any surface for celebration – this means stability is much more important than aesthetics. Even if your party only gets to a fraction of the rowdiness of the real celebration, you will still need some sturdy, inexpensive furnishings present.
The devil is in the details
To create the perfect Oktoberfest scene with traditional appeal, just like you would find in Germany, pay attention to details. For example, one of the easiest (and most affordable) ways to make the perfect Oktoberfest scene is to purchase checkered white and blue tablecloths. This a common feature of the festival, so you should consider staying in the color theme by implementing the colors into the streamers, napkins, tablecloths and other types of decor. Blue and yellow is also commonly combined during the celebration in Munich, so this is also a smart color choice for your party. Keep in mind, any decor you choose will likely get spilled on. This means you should purchase affordable or easy-to-clean options, like plastic.
Bring on the libations
Perhaps the most important part of the entire festivities is, of course, the beer. After all, what is Oktoberfest without some of the finest ales in Germany? While only beer produced in Munich is typically consumed at Oktoberfest, you can deviate from this slightly if necessary. However, to make the experience as authentic as possible, it is a good idea to have a few of these Munich-born options available. With more than 30 brews from six Munich breweries, you should be able to get your hands on at least one option.
Tasty treats for your celebration
Any type of traditional German fare is ideal for your Oktoberfest celebration. However, some of the most popular traditional dishes include bratwurst, sausage, chicken, and roasted duck. Regardless of the main dish you choose, be sure to add plenty of vegetables. Other treats that you would typically find at the actual celebration include fresh pretzels and German pastries, such as Mohrenkopf.
A fun activity for party goers to participate in is baking and decorating their own cookies. This is another tradition typically seen at the Munich celebration. Plus, if you let guests make their own, that means less work for you!
The sounds of Oktoberfest
Each Oktoberfest is likely going to have its own spin on the music played. While some people may prefer the traditional polka-style music, there is a good chance your guests will like more popular music with an occasional traditional song thrown in the mix. If you really want to ensure your guests have a great time, set up a karaoke stage where they can sing along to some of the German favorites.
Creating the perfect Oktoberfest party is all about the details. Take the time to implement all the smells, sounds and sights offered by the traditional party in Munich to give your guests an Oktoberfest they’ll never forget. Keep in mind, this party doesn’t have to cost a ton and with the suggestions found here, you can bring the spirit of Germany’s Oktoberfest straight into your backyard.