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Oktoberfest Party Decoration Ideas

Posted on 29th August 2014
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Oktoberfest Party Decoration Ideas

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About now is the time to start thinking about and planning your Oktoberfest decorations. And whether you intend on holding a large event or a small party with family and friends, the addition of Oktoberfest specific decorations will enhance the feel of the event.
It’s traditional to use blue and white checkers for the main colour and pattern themes as these are used to represent the German state of Bavaria. In addition to these you can incorporate the colours of the German flag; red, yellow, and black, although we would suggest keeping to one colour theme for smaller gatherings.
In the big beer tents in Munich the steins of beer are brought to the revellers by traditionally dressed waitresses and the table and benches therefore form a major part of the party goers scenery. These are packed in tightly so there is little room for dancing and therefore everything is centered on these long tables and those other guests closest to you. When planning your decorations, you should consider all of the different elements, especially your tables and table centerpieces so as to emulate the true Oktoberfest beer tents.
At Karnival Costumes we stock a great selection of Oktoberfest Decorations as well as costumes, accessories and themed party goods all of which will help you dress for and decorate a great party area. Here are a few ideas for Oktoberfest decorations to get you started:
Oktoberfest Tablewares from Karnival Costumes
Table Setting: Before you start adding any Oktoberfest party decorations to the table it’s worth starting with a blue and white checkered table cloth as the base. These are available as single cloths or in a long banquet roll. Accent the table cloth with themed paper plates, Oktoberfest napkins and you can even use little Bavarian flag party picks to add an extra something to your finger foods. Complete the table with white cutlery.
Table Centerpieces: Having created the base for your Oktoberfest table, it’s nice to decorate it with a creative centerpiece. As the Oktoberfest celebrations take place during late September and early October, you can add a flower decoration with autumn accents. Against a blue and white table covering autumnal colours will work best whereas against a plain white cover, you could use flowers in the colors blue and white or red and yellow.
Table Decorations: For an inexpensive but memorable party gift, place a soft pretzel in a cellophane bag and tie it off with blue and white ribbon.  These can then be used as part of the table decoration as well as making a nice gift.  See our recipe for making your own soft pretzels. Simple and delicious, you’ll need to make extras so that there are some left for your guests to take home.
Bavarian Flag decoration at Karnival CostumesParty Decorations: With the tables set, be sure to incorporate Oktoberfest decorations throughout your party area. For big areas you may want to add our 30ft long blue and white checkered backdrop.  Alternatively hang a Bavarian styled banner, these are available in a variety of sizes, or add some Oktoberfest themed pennant garlands to the front of your house to identify where the party is. These are relatively inexpensive and can, with care, be used multiple times. Another inexpensive idea is to add balloons in the blue and white of Bavaria, or the red, yellow and black of the German Flag.
Oktoberfest Party Badge from a large collection at Karnival CostumesIn addition to decorating the room or party area, it’s worth ensuring that your guests are suitably dressed for Oktoberfest and this starts when you send out your party invitation.  Make sure that you tell them that lederhosen and dirndls are the dress code. Added to this you can adorn the guests with Oktoberfest party badges, blue and white party bead necklaces with or without medallions.
Have a great time at your Oktoberfest party and remember to store your decorations carefully for next year’s celebrations!
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