How to Turn Your Backyard into Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest, one of the world’s largest festivals occurring every year in Munich, Germany, will start on September 17th and continue until the second week of October. The festival includes beer drinking, food tasting, music, dancing and more. Individuals from around the globe travel to Munich to experience all that the massive festival has to offer.
If you don’t have the opportunity to visit the Munich Oktoberfest, towns and cities all over the country tend to hold their own Oktoberfest festivals or events. Or, you could create your very own Oktoberfest celebration right in your backyard! Set up a beer tent or beer garden, grill brats and other Bavarian and Oktoberfest treats, and enjoy the company of your friends and family on a nice fall afternoon. Here are some tips and ideas for throwing your own Oktoberfest party!
In Munich, there are giant beer tents in which visitors drink beer, eat delicious foods, sing and dance. You can recreate this scene by renting a small tent to set up in your backyard. Decorate the inside of your tent in an Oktoberfest theme—anything blue and white or beer-themed and Bavarian. String or drape decorative white lights across the inside of your tent. This will accent your Oktoberfest party decor, and will allow you to take your party into the night!
Hang an “Oktoberfest” or “Beer Hall” sign on the front entrance of your tent, along with a blue and white checkered pennant banner. The pennant banner should hang behind the sign, and can be wrapped around the entire tent, hanging off the edge of the tent.
Incorporate a few fall decorations into your party décor. Purchase fake fall leaves and glitter—any fall colors, such as bronze, burgundy, orange, deep purple, etc., will work. Paint glue onto the fake leaves with a paint brush and sprinkle them with glitter. The glitter will enhance the fake leaves, allowing them to sparkle in the light in your tent! Attach them to a string and hang them around your tent. They will also make for great table decorations. Just shower them on the table tops as you would confetti.
If renting a tent is nowhere in your party budget, have no worries! You can set up the same setting without a tent. Arrange four poles in a large rectangular shape and attach them with rope. Hang white string lights across the area, attaching each end of the lights to the two lines of rope. They will hang above your guests so elegantly. Set up a backdrop to your party scene (this would look great behind the food table) by taking a large piece of wood or cardboard and sticking a blue and white Oktoberfest scene setter onto it. Add a few decorations to this backdrop, say, for instance, your glittered fall leaves!
Gather a few fold-up tables or picnic tables for guests to eat at. These will go underneath the tent--or under your stringed lights. Cover the tables with blue and white checkered Oktoberfest table covers. Place metallic fall leaf centerpieces down the center of your tables, and, as mentioned earlier, you can use your glittered leaves as table decorations, as well.
Your beer tent, or eating area, will be the main focus of your Oktoberfest celebration, so you won’t need to add much more decoration than this. You can place a few Bavarian flag cutouts or corn stalk cutouts (or real ones) around the party space if you feel you need more party decorations. Any blue and white hanging decorations will add to the party décor as well, such as hanging fans, fluffy decorations, etc.
Have German polka music playing in the background of your party. And, be sure you are prepared with plenty of beer, as this will be one of the major activities at your Oktoberfest party! Get a few kegs and let guests refill their mugs whenever needed. If your guests need a few extra activities to keep them entertained, have them participate in some beer-drinking games, such as Beer Pong. You can also set up your typical lawn games, like horseshoes, bags or cornhole, etc. Once the sun sets, you can gather all your guests around a warm bonfire for a nightcap.
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