Last weekend we threw an Oktoberfest themed party and it was our favorite gathering yet!
Here, I’ll share some details that made our Fall party stand out.
German Party Food
We grilled brats and served them with sauerkraut on sourdough buns with a variety of mustards and home-made potato salad.
One of our most popular food items was our soft pretzels dipped in hot cheese sauce.
Straw Hay Bales for Back Yard Seating
We rented some straw bales for guest seating in our back yard. And they were such a hit!
A local feed store rents these out for about $6/bale.
I had NO idea how messy these were until the gentleman loaded them up in the back of my SUV. Oh, my, goodness! I thought I’d never get all that straw out of my car!
They made an equally huge mess in the back yard (as well as in the house when I lost control and one went flying off the cart I was hauling it through the house with).
But, overall, I’m glad we rented them because they were perfect seating around our Hammerschlagen game.
We stocked a variety of Fall flavored and Oktoberfest themed beer – a must for any Oktoberfest celebration.
I had so much fun making these pretzel necklaces – simply weave some thin ribbon in and out to create a string pretzel necklace for you and your party guests.
Biergarten Pennant Banner Sign
Even though I strung these blue and white checkered banners across our yard, I also decided to make a custom pennant banner that said “Biergarten”, which added a nice touch to the corner behind the bar.
If you’ve even been to a Hofbrauhaus, you might remember that when someone orders a shot of alcohol, it comes along with a paddling!
My husband took a paddle and created shot glass size divots on one side. When party guests requested shots of Jagermeister, the shot was brought out on a paddle and the guest got a fun little spanking.
To add to the fun, we used light-up shot glasses (which we happened to already have leftover from our wedding 6 years ago).
Hammerschlagen Party Game
There’s a fun little German Beer Hall in Milwaukee that has this game called Hammerschlagen. We decided to play this at our party.
The best thing about this game is that anyone can play, and any number of people can crowd around and play each tie, so no one ever has to wait around for their turn to join in.
Every player gets a nail, and you go around in a circle trying to hammer your nail down until it’s flush with the wood. You get one try, then pass the hammer, and on and on until the last person still hasn’t hammered their nail in.
The last person to get their nail all the way in has lost. You decide on what penalty they get for losing. At our party, they could do a paddle shot or a bierstick.
Just down the street from our house, we noticed a property with lots of tree stumps lying around.
My husband rang the doorbell and asked if he could buy one, and the friendly homeowner let him take one.
We set up the stump on one of our rented straw bales and it was the perfect height.
Everyone who came to the party played at least once, and most people played again and again.
Oktoberfest Party Attire – Traditional Lederhosen
This was one of our annual “Jean Short Jamboree” parties, so we decided to order denim lederhosen to stick with our jean short theme.
Guests were encouraged to wear both jean shorts and Oktoberfest attire.
We always let our dog join in on the fun, and we paired her denim shorts with this Oktoberfest vest I picked up while ordering the blue and white checkered decorations.
I think our makeshift Oktoberfest dog costume came out pretty good!
I completed my outfit with one of my hand-made pretzel necklaces and some Bavarian braids in my hair.
My hair is pretty thin and not as long as I’d like, so I added a couple wefts of Bellami hair extensions and no one could even tell!
I usually add mini bows to the ends of my Oktoberfest braids, but since there was ribbon on my top as well as in my pretzel necklace, I decided the bows at the ends of my braids were too much,
Blue & White Checkered Decor
I got blue and white plates, napkins and party cups. And of course, the signature blue and white checkered pattern table runner and matching banners to drape across the back yard.
And don’t forget the Oktoberfest party music!