How to Throw your own Epic Oktoberfest Party!
In June the news broke that Oktoberfest in Munich was once again cancelled. 😭😭😭 But that got me thinking... it's time to bring the spirit of Oktoberfest to our own backyards!
Doesn't this sound great: a small group of people, your own cooking and a safe place for little kids to run free… that's a DIY Oktoberfest party! I’ve thrown many a party before and I love a good theme, so here are my tips to throwing your own epic Oktoberfest party in your own home or backyard.
1 | Plan an Authentic Menu - Authentic doesn't mean complicated! Something like leberkase sandwiches, pretzels and obatza cheese, or a fabulous wurst und käse (sausage and cheese) platter can go a long way. Here are some links to my favorite recipes from dirndl kitchen (that are easy... cuz I make dirndls... not gourmet meals!)
Another option is to contact your local German restaurant and order carry-out. This is a great way to support a local business while also providing your guests with a great German Oktoberfest experience.
photo from https://dirndlkitchen.com
And here is great recipe from Our Gabled Home for authentic German Pretzels
photo from Our Gabled Home
2 | Get Oktoberfest Beers and Steins - Oktoberfest beers are all over the place right now, so even if all you can find in your local store is Sam Adams Okotberfest, that's better than Bud Light. Some of my favorites are Weihenstephaner Festbier, Ayinger Oktoberfest Märzen, and Erdinger Oktoberfest Weissbier. You will also want the proper glassware. Glass liter steins are preferable and most commonly associated with Oktoberfest. Here is a link to get some for your party. Also don't forget to get an Edelweiss Wrap Bracelet 6-pack to use as beer markers... very important to prevent unwanted beer sharing! However if you don't want to buy new glasses, you can ask your guests to BYOS- Bring Your Own Stein.
3 | Wear Dirndls and Lederhosen - This is a no brainer! If you are someone who "doesn't think they can wear a dirndl" or "doesn't have a 'dirndl' body" I double dog dare you to test the waters at your own party. A dirndl is seriously one of the most flattering outfits and wearing it in your own house is the ideal way to start your dirndl addiction. Invite your guests to dress the part! For your dirndl... I highly recommend Rare Dirndl and lederhosen can be found on websites like Ernst Licht or Bavarian Specialties.
4 | Turn your Home into a Bier Tent - There are classic and iconic things that make Oktoberfest look the way it does and the Bavarian flag is one of those things. You can find a good amount of decor with the Bavarian flag on it on Amazon. The table cloths and banners are easy 'Yeses' and you can also print your own version of the Wilkommen zum Oktoberfest sign on printer paper or at your local UPS store etc. I like to get creative with the decor which means visiting your local dollar store. Some garland and ribbon can also go a long way... and if you can get your hands on a old barrel to "tap" you're golden. Here is a link to see how Scott from Backyard Oktoberfests recommends you decorate for a personal Oktoberfest party.
5 | Don't Forget the Music - You gotta have a solid Oktoberfest playlist. No need to research it though. Nowadays there are Oktoberfest Pandora stations and pretty good Spotify playlists. Here is a link to my favorite that I recommend you play at your DIY Oktoberfest party. Or you can get some CDs from some of the best German bands from right here in the US like Alex Meixner, die Schlauberger and the Klaberheads.
6 | Go all in!!! #PROST - Now this doesn't mean that you need to spend your entire month's salary on a decor, but pay attention to the details so your guests feel more inclined to dress up and get into the spirit. Have a fun Photo Booth area with props that you can print with your home printer and tape onto a bamboo skewer (literally what I did for our wedding, so it can look legit!). For more ideas, here is an entire pinterest board I made to help inspire your Oktoberfest party.
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As always, ideas and opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own. - Erika