Plan Your Own Oktoberfest Celebration

Bring all of the fun of a traditional German Oktoberfest right to your home! Host an Oktoberfest celebration with our recipe, tips and decor ideas that will have you and your guests saying "Prosit!"

While originally started in 1810 as a wedding celebration, Oktoberfest has grown into a festival of delicious food, traditional lederhosen, and of course, plenty of beer. Prosit!

The festival is known for its large tents and amazing traditional German food. But if you can’t make it all the way to Germany to celebrate, why not throw your own Oktoberfest?

You couldn’t ask for a better reason to gather friends and enjoy a great time. Browse our gallery to find the best Bavarian recipes, tips and décor ideas.


  • Set the Scene with Blue and White Decor

    Use the blue and white colors of the Bavarian flag as the template for your decor. Celebrate German culture by creating your own Oktoberfest decorations with streamers, wreaths or banners. In Munich, each beer tent has it’s own themed décor so feel free to change it up for different sections at your own party!

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  • Create Beer Cap Place Cards

    We all know that there is no Oktoberfest celebration without some German beer choices, so why not extend the theme by making these adorable bottle-cap place cards! Simply pick some of your favorites, attach them to stock paper and each guest’s name. Now you’re ready to assign seats with a creative twist!

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  • Prepare Bratwurst and Homemade Mustard

    When it comes time to decide what food to serve, this one’s a no brainer – there must be bratwurst! Try your hand at this delicious recipe from Taste Food Blog. There are even instructions on how to make your own beer mustard dipping sauce. Yes, beer mustard.

    Image via tastefoodblog.com.

  • Bake a Traditional German Chocolate Cake

    What’s a party without a little chocolate? Chocolate cake that is! Prepare this German Chocolate Cake with this easy recipe from Barbara Bakes. While German Chocolate Cake is purely an American creation, it will certainly impress, plus it’s incredibly delicious.

    Image via barbarabakes.com.

  • Decorate German Gingerbread Hearts

    These delicious spiced cookies, known as Lebkuchenherzen in German, are a staple of Oktoberfest. You can create your own with this Gingerbread recipe from Bella Online. Add a message of love or decorate them in your favorite colors for an extra touch.

    Image via charlottesfancy.com.

  • Rate Your Favorite Beer

    Looking for a way to keep guests occupied while tasting all of their delicious beers? Try these letterpress coasters from Paper Plates Press. They are an adorable way to keep track of your favorites.

    Image via Etsy.

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