Celebrate Oktoberfest with an over-the-top affair
October 01, 2010
Oktoberfest may be underway, but there is still plenty of time to celebrate the amazing festival that is held every year in Munich, Germany. So,throw on your lederhosen and prepare to have a grand old time as you get in the Bavarian spirit!
As you may know Oktoberfest is centered around beer, but you don't need to make your event about that beverage, as you can easily substitute the the delicious liquor for something a little more crowd friendly for those who do not indulge in alcoholic drinks. Just remember you do need to have plenty of beer mugs on hand, even if you're only sipping soda out of them it'll still lend an authentic flair to the event.
Send out personalized party invitations to your friends and encourage them to come in costume. The more people that join in the better the shindig will be, and you certainly don't want to be the only who decided to get in the German mood. Be sure to specify the date and time as you don't want to confuse your guests as to when the event will be taking place.
When it comes to decorating for Oktoberfest, don't be afraid to go over-the-top when transforming your home into your very own beer hall. The beer stein is a traditional Bavarian drinking glass and they would make the perfect party centerpiece. You can even fill them with candies and chocolates that your guests can pick at while enjoying the festive atmosphere. Hang a large personalized banner welcoming everyone to your very own beer hall and you can even setup life size cardboard cutouts of beer maidens to give it more of a German flair. You may even be able to find beer hall backdrops you can setup to make it feel like you're in a lodge.
It wouldn't be Oktoberfest without some traditional German food as well. Serve up your best bratwurst and schnitzel accompanied by some pretzels for those who prefer not to eat meat. And since you'll be serving scrumptious delicacies remember to stock up on plenty of paper goods. Paper plates, napkins, cups and plastic tableware in festive colors like white and blue will perfectly compliment the golden tones of the tasty brew.
When getting ready to plan your Oktoberfest party, remember to stay organized and make a list of all of the essential items you'll need to make it truly authentic. Look online and research some traditions they may have during the yearly festival and try to incorporate them into your own shindig, whether it be traditional dances or contests, your partygoers will surely get a kick out of living the German life for an evening. Also, you can throw an Oktoberfest party all year round, just keep the supplies your purchase an store them away for your next big blowout and you'll have save time and money.