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Oktoberfest

Fun Oktoberfest party ideas

Oktoberfest is a beloved fall beer festival that originated in Munich, Germany. In fact, Oktoberfest Germany has long held the distinction of being the largest annual fair in the world, attracting upwards of 5 million visitors each year. If you can't attend Oktoberfest Munich, though, there are many ways you can still take part in the festivities.

Many municipalities -- particularly those with large German populations -- hold their own Oktoberfest celebrations. If you can't find a local Oktoberfest, or if you don't feel like battling the crowds to enjoy some good beer, you can through your own with a little creativity and some basic Oktoberfest party supplies.

Oktoberfest Party Ideas

Here's what you'll need to throw an Oktoberfest of your very own:

  • Beer. Given that Oktoberfest is all about beer, this is one party where the suds won't be optional. While you should procure a selection of authentic German draughts from your local retailer if possible, you can serve any kind of beer you or your guests prefer. Keep in mind that it should be drawn from a keg rather than served in a bottle or can, though.
  • Decorations and costumes. Bavarian coats of arms and traditional Bavarian clothing can make your Oktoberfest party a touch more authentic.
  • Oktoberfest music. Polka-style accordion music is strongly associated with Oktoberfest in Munich and Germany, so you can pick up some compact discs, download some mp3s or, if you really want to go all-out, you can hire an accordion player or a band to come to your home and provide live entertainment.
  • German food. Oktoberfest sausages are a staple food for these parties, though you can also serve other traditional German dishes such as breaded schnitzel, sauerkraut, potato dumplings and spaetzle (German pasta).

While your Oktoberfest party is all but certain not to last the traditional 16 to 18 days, it's worth bearing in mind that Oktoberfest in Munich spans from late September until early October. If you stay on the ball, you may be able to score some money-saving travel deals that will let you experience the real thing live and in person. It's also worth keeping in mind that a trip to Oktoberfest makes an excellent bachelor party idea, if you've got the time and resources to pull it off.

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