Hosting an Oktoberfest party isn’t as large of an undertaking as organizing the actual festival. After all, you only have to worry about one building rather than an entire city. This doesn’t make the prospect of hosting the party and less nerve-wracking though. Your nerves are probably even more frayed if this is the first time you’ve ever actually considered hosting one too. Don’t worry. OROGOLD has a few tips and tricks on what to remember and do that should make things a little easier on you. You do need to keep one cardinal rule in mind when hosting an Oktoberfest party, though: it is a celebration. You should expect and foster an atmosphere of spirited enjoyment to stay true to the celebration. So be prepared to leave quiet contemplation of family and friends for another time.
There is no getting around this part of hosting an Oktoberfest party. Beer may not be the full importance of the festival, but it certainly shares center stage. You’ll want to make beer selection one of the priorities when you’re deciding on the availability of drinks. Some people explicitly sell Oktoberfest beers when the appropriate time of year approaches, but you can’t always be sure of the quality of the product itself just because the name is on it. Many times it is a marketing gimmick and you’re best served by doing research ahead of times. Lagers are good options to consider when picking out a particular type of beer as Märzen, a lager, has strong associations with both Bavaria and Oktoberfest. Other types of beer are fine, but remember Oktoberfest is about drinking higher quality beer and anything overly watery is out of place.
Another important part of setting the party up properly is planning out the food. In this case, you’re going to want to consider that there will be alcohol involved for most people. Snacks are a good thing to stock up on and keep around at various places in the party area. People are supposedly there to enjoy the flavor of the beer and remain otherwise mostly sober. A ready supply of snacks will help as then people can eat a bit as they sip their beer. You can certainly have a central meal though as well. OROGOLD has touched on the topic of potential Oktoberfest inspired dishes before, but you can come up with your own if you prefer. The main thing to remember is you should focus on heavier, filling dishes. These will typically be ones that involve meat traditionally, but a savvy cook can easily find a vegetarian substitute if their social group prefers to shy away from meat.
Most people are going to want to hold an Oktoberfest party at their home and this is expected. Weather permitting, you should try to hold it as a roaming event that takes places both outside and inside though. This helps keep with the spirit of the original festival. It is a traditionally open-air affair with free standing tents for serving food and drink to people. Take advantage of a pleasant September or October day and try cooking outside one last time before the temperatures begin to get too cold to contemplate it. You can move inside later with the meal you cooked or snacks and enjoy your company in a cozier setting then. But do try to involve the open air at one point.
An Oktoberfest part really isn’t a terribly difficult undertaking. Like all parties, you simply need to invest a little time upfront for preparation. The only difference is that part of your preparations this time will necessarily involve a little research to get particular parts of the food and drink right. OROGOLD encourages you to enjoy your own small, but joyful celebration of the festival. Remember not to overindulge though as too much alcohol doesn’t help your skin or the rest of your body.