Whether you’re from Germany or you simply love a good party, Oktoberfest is no doubt on your radar this year! Celebrated over two fun-filled weeks in September, Oktoberfest is a time to celebrate all things German including Oktoberfest Beer (i.e. Märzen or Märzenbier).
Considering that Aussies are famous for loving a pint of beer, it’s no wonder that the festival is so popular Down Under! Oktoberfest is celebrated in Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Sydney and even right here in Newcastle every year, and the celebrations seem to keep getting bigger and better — so why not join in on the fun with some Oktoberfest party supplies from Shindigs?
From Adult “Studmeister” Beer Bottle Costumes to Bavarian Wench Costumes, Plastic Pilsner Beer Glasses and balloons in all the colours of the German flag, we have all the essential Oktoberfest supplies to make the festival even more memorable — whether you’re celebrating for the day or the whole two weeks!
Shop Oktoberfest party supplies online with Shindigs — we offer fast and affordable shipping throughout Australia. Alternatively, come and visit us in-store in Lambton, NSW. We’re a short 10-minute drive from the Newcastle CBD!
Oktoberfest is the world’s largest Volksfest (i.e. a large event in German-speaking countries featuring a combined beer, wine and fun festival). It runs for 16 to 18 days from mid to late September, leading up to the first Sunday of October every year. The festival is held in Munich, Germany, and more than six million national and international travellers attend the event each year.
The first Oktoberfest was held when King Ludwig I married Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen on the 12th of October in 1810. The citizens of Munich were invited to the wedding festivities at the gates of the city which mainly consisted of horse races, choirs and of course, loads of beer and wine!
Oktoberfest soon became an annual tradition and new fun activities were added to the event including tree climbing competitions, bowling and carnival booths with prizes to be won like silver, porcelain and jewels. Now, huge amounts of Oktoberfest Beer are consumed — in 2014, for example, 7.7 million litres were served — and visitors can eat traditional German foods, go on amusement rides and compete in fun events or games.
Hosting an Oktoberfest Party this September? Celebrating the festival is quite simple — it’s all about sipping delicious beer, toasting with friends, eating traditional German food and dancing through the night! Of course, if this is your very first Oktoberfest, you might be wondering how to throw a memorable Oktoberfest Partei in the first place.
The good news is that we’re here to help — we’ve been to our fair share of Oktoberfest shindigs, so we know how to make the night go off without a hitch! Here are some tips on how to throw an Oktoberfest Partei, complete with Oktoberfest supplies you and your mates can tip your Tyrolean hats to.
Thinking of a traditional Oktoberfest theme, or something more contemporary? Either way, it’s important to keep in mind that Oktoberfest is inspired by Bavaria and the beautiful Bavarian flag in blue and white. We recommend opting for blue and white helium balloons, our foil beer mug balloons and pretzel cutout decorations to start! These are all staples of a smashing Oktoberfest Partei… and don’t forget to serve real pretzels to soak up the Märzenbier.
To maintain the blue and white Bavarian colour scheme, add a “Beer Garden” Bavarian Banner to the entrance of the venue to let attendees know where the fun is for the night.
At the original Oktoberfest in 1810, choirs of children sang for the royal family… Nowadays, a choir might be a little overkill but a live band certainly won’t be! Consider hiring a talented local band for the night — a brass band would set the scene to a tee, but otherwise, an acoustic band who knows some chilled-out guitar hits would do the trick just as well.
We also recommend organising some games and competitions for your guests to get involved in. A beer glass race never goes astray — carrying a glass full of beer can be hard enough as it is, but if you have to run to the finish line without spilling a drop then you’re in for a real challenge.
Make sure there’s a worthy reward waiting for the winner at the finish line… Our Blue & White Oktoberfest Beer Mug Hat, for example, will make them feel like the King or Queen of Oktoberfest!
Apart from the Märzenbier, food is the next big event at Oktoberfest. To set the scene for a big German meal, add Bavarian-themed tablecloths and napkins to the table to maintain a consistent Bavarian flag colour scheme throughout the venue, and don’t forget disposable plates, cutlery and cups to save time on cleaning up at the end of the night.
As for the food and drinks, opt for all things German!
At Shindigs, we love a good old-fashioned dress-up and Oktoberfest is the perfect excuse to go all out! From lederhosen to aprons, suspenders, long socks, long braids and Tyrolean hats, we have all the costumes and accessories you need for an extra memorable Oktoberfest.
Here at Shindigs, we stock the biggest range of Oktoberfest party supplies Australia has to offer! Shop the range online for fast and affordable shipping — alternatively, come and visit us in-store in Lambton NSW to browse through our enormous collection of party supplies in person!