Just like many people around
the world will hold a Cinco de Mayo party to join in on the celebration
of one of Mexico’s major holidays; millions of people also hold
Oktoberfest events too. Oktoberfest doesn’t actually happen during the
month of October, but tends to be in the last weeks of September leading
into October. Historically it is celebrated in Munich, Germany and
includes the consumption of a huge amount of beer and traditional German
foods as well as all kinds of dancing and singing. Clearly such
activities are the primary reasons that many people host an Oktoberfest
of their own.
When someone outside of
Germany would like to host an Oktoberfest celebration they should begin
by selecting a place large enough to set up the long tables used during
the traditional parties. These tables should be set with long printed
table runners in the standard white and blue color scheme. The host or
hostess should also make sure there are plenty of themed plates and
drinking cups for all of the wonderful foods guests will consume.
If they want to give their
celebration the look of an authentic one they will also seek out the
garland, banners, and cutout flags used to festoon the large beer halls.
It is a good idea to take a look at some photographs from a traditional
German celebration to get an idea of all of the different decorations
that are used during this time of year. For instance, it is not unusual
to see a metallic Oktoberfest banner used along with various tissue
balls, pennant banners, Oktoberfest signs, and German flag bunting.
In addition to the Oktoberfest
decorations remember too that party guests should receive tokens from
the day, and many people purchase special Oktoberfest coasters, green
and red Tyrolean or Alpine hats, beaded necklaces, and even costumes
that include the traditional vests worn by Fraulein and Herr alike.
The key to a successful
Oktoberfest party is to plan ahead, purchase all of the many colorful
and fun decorations long before September rolls around, and make sure to
invite as many guests as possible. Because this is such a popular event
around the world, finding the right Oktoberfest party supplies will not
be difficult, but if you wait until the last minute you will find that
supplies might be limited. This is the reason to begin to gather the
proper decorations and materials ahead of time.