16 Oktoberfest Party Ideas for When You Can’t Make It to Germany
So you can’t make it to Oktoberfest in Germany. Don’t worry — not many of us can! But that’s okay, because you’re about to throw a Wunderbar Oktoberfest party at your home. Scroll on to see how you can transform your backyard into a bustling Biergarten and dress up your cake with German-inspired beer mugs. Pro tip: The key is keeping an abundant amount of beer, pretzels and Bavarian-themed decorations in stock. Prost!
2. German Bratwurst Hot Dogs With Red Cabbage Sauerkraut: Plan the perfect BBQ and cook up these delicious German Bratwurst hot dogs, featuring the prettiest ‘kraut you’ve ever seen. Get your party hashtag ready: Your guests’ tastebuds will be thanking you, right after they’ve posted all about it on Insta. (via Adore Foods)
4. Picnic Printables: Dress up your beer bottles, utensils and condiments for an entirely festive party. These picnic-themed printables will be the perfect way to top off your party decorations. (via Funky Time)
5. German Roasted Pecans: Add a taste of Oktoberfest to your dessert table by making these delicious German roasted pecans. Put them in a travel-cone like this to keep your guests from congregating around your dessert table. (via Southern Fatty)
7. Raise Your Props Beer Sign ($5): Make sure when you show up to an Oktoberfest party, your host knows you mean business. This beer-themed signed is the perfect way to do that.
9. DIY Pretzel Necklace: When they’ve got a beer in one hand and a camera in the other, your guests will love your hands-free snacking option. These may not have blue-tooth capabilities, but they’re certain to taste delicious. (via ModCloth Blog)
10. Oktoberfest Poster: Decorate your walls with this free Oktoberfest-inspired poster. Your guests will feel like they’ve been transported to Germany. Print out multiples for great placemats on your tables or counter tops. (via Behance)
11. Oktoberfest Pretzel Bracelet: This bracelet is not edible, but it sure looks delicious. Continue your love of all things German and make an adorable pretzel bracelet for your guests to enjoy as party favors. (via Pixi Mit Milch)
12. Beer Mug Cakes: Beer comes in all shapes and sizes, like these beer mug cakes for example. For those of you who are a whiz in the kitchen, these beer-inspired cakes are a must. (via Hungry Happenings)
13. Beer Themed Cake Topper: If your cake decorating skills aren’t as crafty as the previous inspo, these cake toppers will work just fine. Add adorable beer cake toppers for all of your guests to admire. (via Paint the Gown Red)
14. German Cucumber Salad: Save time and money on your party by making this delicious German cucumber salad. You can add pretzels (in lieu of croutons) to give an added crunchy bite. (via Maria Ushakova):
15. German Gift Outlet Appetizer toothpicks ($4): Decorate your appetizers and entrees with these adorable Oktoberfest toothpicks. These will work great on your mini bratwurst hors d’oeuvres.
16. Think Geek Das Can-in-Stein ($10): Slip your beer drink into this stein and brace for the impending carousing. These drink accessories are the perfect addition to any Oktoberfest party.
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)