How To Throw An Oktoberfest Party

Oktoberfest party

You need not to be worried if you can’t be a part of Oktoberfest in Munich. Why not imitate the fun of Oktoberfest at your own place? From home brewing to unique and authentic German recipes, thanks to the internet, everything is possible now. We all know that Oktoberfest is mainly about drinking and eating; it is celebrated to commemorate a Bavarian royal wedding held in 1810. Since then, it has been celebrated by revelers from all parts of the world as they descend on Munich to participate. The popularity of this festival has crossed the borders and for the last few years, it has been celebrated in many other countries. On a small scale, people arrange such parties locally, so you can celebrate German tradition and culture by hosting your very own Oktoberfest in your backyard. With a little effort and brainstorming, you can create a perfect replica of Oktoberfest.

Once you have made up your mind to throw a party in your back yard, here’s what you should do: 

Whom to invite

The first step is to setup a guest list, Count how many guests you plan to invite so that you can make preparations accordingly. Keep in mind the capacity of your back yard to plan for the beer steins, tables, chairs, food, etc. To bring a fun element to the invitations, incorporate different color themes.

What to eat

During Oktoberfest, revelers are offered an assortment of German foods like Sauerkraut, bratwurst, and pretzels. In the savory menu, revelers are offered chicken roast, pork knuckles, pork sausages, and many other items made of oxen and cow meat. Download Bavarian recipes to make your party true to the Oktoberfest theme. For dessert, do not forget the ubiquitous apple strudel and the scrumptious black forest cake.

Bavarian replica: Set up your venue

Dimpled Beer Stein

You need to set up your location so that is it in line with the Oktoberfest theme. Get a tent, gazebo, or a canopy. If you want to go for a low price solution, then we recommend you go for a canopy. Here is a good rated and low priced canopy that you can set up for an Oktoberfest party. Use trestle tables to keep your arrangement close to the German theme. You can use blue and white lights to decorate your garden with the Bavarian official colors and if you can arrange beer steins or barrels, it would do great. You can check out high-rated and low-priced 1 liter dimpled steins here.

Organize fun activities

To entertain your guests, arrange for some fun games and music. There is a long playlist of Oktoberfest traditional music available on YouTube and you can download and play it in the background to replicate the real Oktoberfest party in your garden. For games, arrange beer stein or barrel races, pretzel contest, sausages competition etc.

Don’t forget the Bavarian attire

lederhosen oktoberfest party

In Bavarian culture, men and women both wear traditional dresses, and there is no excuse for not wearing it. You can check on the internet and select one that is most suitable for you according to your lifestyle. For Oktoberfest, women wear a traditional dress called a ‘Dirndl,’ which consists of a bodice, blouse, full skirt and apron. There is a bow on the front side of the apron and its position depicts the marital status of a woman: a knot tied on the woman’s left side indicates she is single. A knot on the right indicates her marriage or her commitment; a knot on the back side indicates her widowed status.  Check out a dress selection here. For men, there is special dress known as lederhosen that consists of a dress shirt, leather trousers, wool socks, and traditional haferl shoes.

Beer, beer and beer

Oktoberfest is famous for the ever-flowing supply of beer oozing from the mugs, so prepare one or two kegs of beer for your party. The beer is usually presented in a 1-liter of stein.  To follow the purest route, arrange top serve the type of beer often consumed in Oktoberfest, which is ‘marzenbier’.

Tips to remember

  • There is abundant literature e on the internet about Oktoberfest. Always make a plan in advance to avoid any hustle on the day of your party and always consult your guests regarding logistics preparation.
  • If you manage to arrange to serve real Bavarian beer, remember it is high in alcohol, so try to serve it in moderation; and do make non-alcoholic alternatives available, too.
  • Make sure guests who have imbibed a little too much have a designated driver with them.

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