It's time to wash your lederhosen!
March 29, 2011
If you had to create the best holiday, would it involve, eating, drinking, and dancing? Then stop trying to invent holidays! Oktoberfest already has you covered! This festive time of year can give you giant steins of beer, piles and piles of hearty food, and a band with tuba solos! If this sounds like your idea of a good time, then strap on some lederhosen and get ready!
A truly enjoyable Oktoberfest celebration is the one that brings the most people together. So don’t leave anyone out, the more the merrier! Let everyone know that your party will be the place to raise a glass with a proper invitation. Choose one that perfectly illustrates what your party will be about: beer. Beer glass invites, beer stein invites, beer barrel invites, oh my!
You can also send some with traditional blue colors if you like. Or even a traditional beer maid.
Try to celebrate your Oktoberfest outdoors if possible. The weather should hold up just enough at this time of year for you to get some healthy, fresh air to counteract all the beer, brats, and pretzels you’ll consume.
It can also be easy to transform an outdoors space into a beer garden. Just hang up some beer mug string lights wherever you can and make a general outline of the space people will be in. Cover outdoor walls and windows with our Oktoberfest Bavarian color poly roll. Perfect for turning the ordinary into extraordinary!
If you have any trees near your newly formed beer garden, you can hang some Oktoberfest pretzel whirls or twirly whirlys down from the lower branches. If you don’t have any trees nearby, try hanging the whirls off of your strands of beer mug lights.
Your outdoor event will likely see a fair share of indoor foot traffic as a result of all the beer drinking (unless you rent a port-a-potty), so be sure to decorate inside as well. An Oktoberfest door cover can help guests easily identify which entrance to use.
Once inside, decorate your walls with Oktoberfest cutouts. Select from Mr. Oktoberfritz, a fraulein, or a variety pack. There are also beer stein and pretzel cutouts to complete the scene.
Don’t leave your ceiling neglected when decorating inside; there is a lot of open space to work with up there! Try using the Oktoberfest ceiling decoration. It can hide the white space with the familiar Bavarian pattern while playful pretzels and steins hang down.
Be sure to check out our Oktoberfest decorations kit for an all-in-one experience and visit our Oktoberfest party supplies page for more fun items.
It can be hard to say what the best part of Oktoberfest is. It’s likely a tossup between the food and the beer. For your Oktoberfest party, be sure to have enough of both.
If you are a fan of German beer, then this is the time to stock up on imports. To save a little money, you can also buy domestic beer which is brewed to be more like its German counterparts. Typically this means darker beers with slightly higher percentage of alcohol. This website is an excellent source of information for beer and food.
Traditionally, this is not a time to be chugging down your favorite light beer, but you should be a good host and have enough on hand for your guests. The same goes for non-alcoholic beverages. At some point people may want to consume something other than beer (gasp!) and just having a few options (colas, water, juice) can go a long way.
When it comes to the food, pretzels, sauerbraten, and kroketten top the list. Depending on the number of guests you are going to have, you may want to start cooking a full day before your party. These are large meals and to make significant portions for everyone will require a big time and kitchen space commitment.
With your food made, it’s time to lay out that Oktoberfest table cover and begin setting out your spread. Be careful your Bavarian patterned plates and napkins don’t blend in and confuse your guests when you set them out. That blue and white diamond pattern is everywhere! Even on the cups! The plastic ware is just marine blue though, no pattern here.
Have your food line up around this 15” Oktoberfest Beer Stein centerpiece and hang a Beer Hall cutout above the refreshments to call extra attention to this all important aspect of your party.
And when your guests first reach for a drink glass, put an LED beer mug in their hands! The traditional look and feel compliments your event while the possibility of lighting it up offers a modern twist. There are LED pilsner and pint glasses as well as a 48oz LED plastic pitcher.
With your party basics all set; let’s look at some things to help put it over the top.
First: a giant beer mug cutout. Perfect for pictures as well as decoration, the cutout is a must have for Oktoberfest.
To show you are the toast of the party, try sporting this beer stein hat. Not only does it keep with the theme, but it will make it easy for your guests to find you when they need to ask where the restroom is!
If no one is in the mood to dress up as a beer garden girl, use this life size stand up instead. Place a couple of her around your party and watch the men get confused as the night goes on.
Share a message with your partygoers via your own Oktoberfest custom banner. Available in a variety of sizes and patterns, you can get one just right for your occasion.
Lastly, if you still can’t get enough of that Bavarian blue and white diamond pattern, cover your walls so it’s all you see with this Oktoberfest backdrop.
Now raise a glass and drink one for your friends at Windy City Novelties!