An Oktoberfest party is a great time to bring friends and family together. Originally Oktoberfest was a festival in October of 1810 to celebrate the marriage of Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese in Bavaria. Even since then it has grown in size and actually shifted forward on the calendar to the end of September to capitalize on the good weather. The festival is filled with food, beer, dancing and decorations in large beer halls. Just like you don't have to be Irish to celebrate
St. Patrick's Day
, you don't have to be German to celebrate Oktoberfest. You just need to enjoy good food, good beer, and good friends.
When you think of Oktoberfest, you probably think about the food. Pretzels and beer are commonly celebrated at Oktoberfest, so make sure you have the appropriate
Oktoberfest tableware for serving these tasty treats. We also have Plastic Boot Beer Mugs, so the adults can enjoy a cold beer in "Das Boot".
While the costumes and the food service of Oktoberfest are important, you definitely can't throw a party without some great decorations. Throw an Oktoberfest party that looks like a million without breaking the bank. Check out our
Oktoberfest Hanging Decorations. This section includes a variety of streamers, banners, and whirls. Be sure to also check out our Oktoberfest Cutouts.
Throwing an Oktoberfest party is as simple as following these three simple steps:
1. Decorate your venue in one of the many Bavarian decorations we offer such as an
Oktoberfest banner or Oktoberfest party tape to welcome your guests. Decorate your walls with Oktoberfest cutouts and musical instrument cutouts. We have a lot of hanging decorations including an Oktoberfest pennant banner and Oktoberfest danglers. If you want to instantly transform an entire room use the Oktoberfest decorating kit which includes all of the above along with traditional blue and white tissue decorations.
2. Serve your guests traditional German foods including sausages, knockwurst, kielbasa, chicken, and sauerkraut. We have
Oktoberfest food picks and an Oktoberfest table runner to make your food service look official. Blue and white are the official colors of Bavaria so we have solid color tableware in blue and white. Large German pretzels with mustard are a great snack to serve with your keg of beer. In Germany, most beers are served at room temperature in large beer steins. You can certainly adapt any of these foods to match your guests' tastes. Most American Oktoberfest parties include hot dogs, pork, sauerkraut, and cold beer.
3. Give your guests an
Oktoberfest party favor. For fun you can hand out Oktoberfest vests for men and women. We have several different types of Oktoberfest hats in plastic and fabric to match your budget. Give each guest a blue and white lei or Oktoberfest beaded mini-mug to not only give them something to dress up in, but something they can keep to remember your party. Finally, give each guest a Kazoo to hum along with the polka music.
An Oktoberfest party is fun to have even if you aren't serving beer. We have many people who tell us that they serve root beer or birch beer so that they can keep their Oktoberfest parties family friendly. We hope this guide is useful to you in helping you plan your next Oktoberfest party.