Oktoberfest: a German party dedicated to drinking beer and eating sausages. What’s not to love? Of course, now you want to host your own beer-and-sausage-party, but where to start and what to do? No worries, we got you. Here are our own top Oktoberfest Party Ideas.
Oktoberfest party idea #1: Beer
Beer. You need beer. Obviously. But not just any beer. If you want to go traditional, you need to serve Bavarian beer. Which means that it needs to be brewed within the city limits of Munich, Germany. Which is… expensive. Luckily, our friends don’t have a very sophisticated palate, so we’re sticking to normal lager. We prefer to order a keg (or two), but bottled beer will work as well.
Oktoberfest party idea #2: German Food
Of course, our 2nd Oktoberfest Party idea is about food. We love food. All day, every day. If you want to take it easy food-wise, just make sure you have soft pretzels (as an appetizer) and German sausages. If you don’t want to take the cheapskate route, add sauerkraut, cucumber and dill salad, potato salad and serve Black Forest cake or Apple Strudel as dessert.
Oktoberfest party idea #3: Decoration
If it is possible, have the party outside, with long tables and benches, true Oktoberfest style. Go bold and decorate everything in blue and white, the Bavarian flag. Banners, flags, streamers. Anything will work. And get beer mugs (you can rent them or raid the local thrift stores), they are called Steins in German. Always good to know for a Pub Quiz. But the best way to immortalize your party, is to set up a photo booth with Oktoberfest props!
Oktoberfest party idea #4: Dress code
Yes, we get you. You want to throw this party, just so you can get your friends to wear dirndl dresses (yes, it’s a thing) and lederhosen (yes, that’s a thing too). We definitely recommend making the dress code mandatory. These dresses and hosen (German for pants) can be easily rented or bought. Want to up it a notch? Get your crew to cross dress. Chad will look lovely in a dirndl, don’t you think? As a host, we recommend you wear something different, but in the traditional colors. For example our Bavarian suit or the German flag suit.
Damn, we are really acing these Oktoberfest party ideas!
Oktoberfest party idea #5: Activities
Activities are always fun! You can have a Stein race, by making teams of 2 or more, fill beer mugs with water and let them go as fast as they can, around a relay point, without spilling the water. The fastest team with the least spilled water, wins!
Another popular game is a drinking game. Usually a team is sitting on each side of the table. There are 2 ways to do this; either everybody starts drinking at the same time, the fastest team wins. The other way (and our favorite) is that on one side of the table, the first people in both teams starts drinking. When the first person is done, the next can start. And so on, until the last person finishes their beer. The fastest team, wins. But please drink responsible! (thank you, legal department for your input.)
Oktoberfest party idea #6: Music
Our 6th and last Oktoberfest party idea: Music. This is an essential part of your party. Want to take it easy? Play an Oktoberfest playlist, and you are set! Want to show off? Hire a traditional German band, if you can find one.
It is tradition to sing along and dance to the most popular songs. Make sure you learn the dance and teach your friends! The German lyrics might be a bit trickier, so write them down on cards, so everybody can at least try to sing-along. But we do recommend writing it down phonetically, unless your friends speak fluent German of course. Fliegerlied, Ein Prosit, Hulapalu and Esellied are only a few of the many songs you can play.
To end our Oktoberfest party ideas blog, you need to know something about the date you want to host your party. People will ask about it and this way you can wing your way through any question that might come your way. We told you. We got you.
When to host your OKTOBERfest party? That seems pretty obvious, doesn’t it? But you couldn’t have been more wrong, as most of the Oktoberfest parties are held in September. This is because the last day of the festival is always on the first Sunday of October, as that was the date of a royal wedding in 1810. Of course, you can always host your party in October and be the rebel you truly are.