Salty soft pretzels, sizzling sausages, ice-cold brews a little polka music, and a few friends are all you need to host the ultimate Backyard Oktoberfest party this month.
Host a Backyard Oktoberfest Party this fall with a German flair, right in your own backyard!
We hosted our first Oktoberfest party last year and had so much fun we decided to do it again this year.
What is Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest is the original celebration of the marriage between King Ludwig I and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen that took place back on October 12, 1810. It is now the world’s largest Volkfest (beer festival and traveling funfair) held annually in Munich.
The festival is also known to locals as the Wisen. Did you know Wiesn is the Bavarian dialect word for the German term Wiese, which means a grassy open area or meadow? Which makes your backyard the perfect spot to host a Backyard Oktoberfest Party.
Transforming your backyard into a German festival is easy with party decorations from Oriental Trading. While you may not have space for a traditional Oktoberfest tent, let the guest know they have come to the right place by hanging blue and white pennant banners across the yard.
Set up tables, just like you would find in the beer tents, and cover them with the traditional diamond blue and white pattern.
Create Your Own Biergarten
What would Oktoberfest be without a Biergarten? Set up a Biergarten (aka beer tasting station) using old wine barrels or a long table. Anchor the table with hanging banners and a festive Biergarten sign.
Be sure to provide plenty of plastic cups for tasting and include a variety of German beers.
Make Your Own Pretzel Bar
Make sure you prep a hearty spread to keep the party going all night long. Set up a DIY Pretzel Bar where guests can nosh on warm pretzels throughout the evening.
Oktoberfest is meant to be a celebration where guests are walking around, so handheld foods are the way to go. A pretzel bar is a fun way to serve snacks in addition to other German classics like bratwurst, sauerkraut, warm German potato salad, and cheddar-beer fondue.
Prost & Polk
Music is a big part of this traditional celebration so be sure to pipe in some polka tunes. This year we hired a Polka band to make give our backyard Oktoberfest party an even more authentic feel. It was so much fun!
Don’t forget to raise a glass and Prost to good friends, memories, and fun!
For more ideas and inspiration be sure to check out my Backyard Biergarten Party.