How to throw an Oktoberfest party in 6 quick steps

Get into the Oktoberfest spirit with our ultimate guide to planning a killer Barivan-themed party at your house. This Oktoberfest, we’ll help you add a little “oom” to your “pah-pah” party.

Oktoberfest is one of the world’s largest beer festivals and finds millions travelling to Munich each year to celebrate it. It’s a tradition that’s been carried on since 1810. The festivities usually begin at the end of September and conclude the first weekend of October. That’s coming up - fast.

If you couldn’t book your tickets to Germany in time, here's how to throw the best Oktoberfest party at home.

Steps to throwing an Oktoberfest party

These 6 steps will practically guarantee you’ll have your guests thinking they’ve been teleported to a biergarten in Munich. From party decoration ideas and fancy dress costumes to traditional German food and Oktoberfest beers, we have all bases covered.

1. Send out invites

Do this ASAP. The sooner you know how many attendees you have, the sooner you can cater for your guests accordingly, because there’s nothing worse than going to a party and realising that there’s not enough food or drinks to go around.

2. Stock up on Oktoberfest decorations

Give your party a distinctive Bavarian feel by decorating your place with quirky beer steins, blue and white flags, banners, photo props and streamers. Decorations will add to the atmosphere and authenticity of the affair - it is a themed party after all!

Inflatable Oktoberfest Beer Stein Cooler
Inflatable Oktoberfest Beer Stein Cooler

Costume Box

3. Order your Oktoberfest costumes

Part of the fun of Oktoberfest is dressing up and it’s the perfect excuse to get into your drinking dress. It’s traditional for guests attending Oktoberfest events to don their German costumes, known as "tracht". So ladies, get into your dirndls and gents, dust off those lederhosen and strap on your suspenders because it’s time to party.

Bavarian Worker Uniform Set, Lederhosen Long Sleeves
Bavarian Worker Uniform Set, Lederhosen Long Sleeves


4. Order a huge load of Oktoberfest beers

What is an Oktoberfest party without Oktoberfest beer? Nothing. That’s what. Special Oktoberfest brews are produced for the occasion, so get your hands on them for your Bavarian-themed party. Oktoberfest-style beers tend to be darker and are stronger in flavour than your regular brew, so keep other drink options handy (German wines anyone?) for guests who prefer something lighter. Don’t forgot to serve drinks in Bavarian beer steins. Prost!

5. Serve some Oktoberfest party food

Treat your guests to a traditional German feast - think classic German bratwurst and sausages, sauerkraut, schnitzel and potato salad. Serve these with a side of crusty bread, hot pretzels, german mustard and red cabbage and you have a recipe for a successful party.
For dessert, you can’t go past a delicious black forest cake or apple strudel.

Bertocchi Brothers German Biersticks
Bertocchi Brothers German Biersticks

Coles Supermarket

6. Set the mood with Oktoberfest games

Party games are the perfect way to bring people together and keep the soiree lively and happening. Put those beers to good use and get into the Oktoberfest spirit with some drinking games, or revisit old classics like musical chairs with a German twist.

Big Bad-Ass Book of Bar Bets & Drinking Games By Jordana Tusman
Big Bad-Ass Book of Bar Bets & Drinking Games By Jordana Tusman

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The Everything Big Book of Party Games By Carrie Sever
The Everything Big Book of Party Games By Carrie Sever

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Oktoberfest: sorted!

Stephanie Yip

Stef is the Travel Editor at and has been writing about travel for over a decade. She's visited over 50 countries and has had some incredible experiences, including hot air ballooning over Cappadocia, hitchhiking across Romania and seeing the Northern Lights (twice!). And while she’d never say no to a luxury escape, she's far more likely to stretch her travel dollars as far as they can go by keeping her ear to the ground for unbeatable travel bargains. And she'll tell you all about them, too! Stef has had articles featured on Travel Weekly, Escape and Hostelworld.

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