How to Throw an Oktoberfest Themed Party


Yes, mamas! I am referring to the beer and pretzels and all the fun Oktoberfest entails. Keep reading to learn how I incorporated it into my son’s first birthday party.

It may sound odd and perhaps a little inappropriate to combine beer and your child but hear me out! 

Oktoberfest is a huge, well-known beer festival in Germany and usually lasts from September to October; you may have seen similar themes at our local Beer Gardens. My son’s birthday is on September 29th and as we approached our son’s first birthday last year, I knew I wanted it to be something related to Fall and would be fun for adults too.

Let’s be honest, first birthdays are also for the parents to celebrate too, right?! I am one of the first of my friends to have kids so we really only had handful of little ones coming to the party, with a majority being adult friends and family. So as I brainstormed for party theme ideas, drinking my pumpkin beer on the patio, it just hit me! Oktoberfest.. but we’ll call it “Carterfest” (after my son’s name). 

 How to Throw an Oktoberfest Themed Birthday Party

I started searching online for inspiration and of course I wasn’t the first person to think of this idea so it was easy and fun to pick and choose how we wanted to implement it! I’m listing ideas I compiled and some links that we used here in case you’d like to reference them to plan our your version of the theme.


  • Carter’s ‘Lederhosen’ onesie from Etsy
  • Carter’s army green (could also be khaki) shorts and high socks from Carter’s
  • Banner Sign: “Prost” (which means “cheers” in German) printed from Vistaprint; they always have promotions/discounts on their site. 
  • Stickers for the kiddos and a few tshirts that matched the signs from Vistaprint
  • [Plastic] “Boot” glasses and beer mugs from Amazon
  • Blue and white argyl table cloth, plates, paper cups and straws from Oriental Trading
  • Blue, white and yellow balloons, cutlery, and napkins from Party City
  • I filled the tables up with mini pumpkins and ghords
  • Yellow and white mums throughout the patio


  • Pretzel platters with various mustard and cheese dips
  • Brats, Potato Dumplings and Sauerkrat 
  • Potato salad
  • Lebkuchen as party favors,  which are popular German gingerbread cookies that I got customized with “Carterfest” written on them
  • Beer, beer, and more beer (for the adults, of course!!)


  • We had a ‘pretzel necklace station’ where kids and adults took string and pretzels and made their own festive necklaces and snacked on them throughout the day
  • Fall-inspired coloring books and crayons for the kids, although they ended up playing with each other outside the entire party which worked too! 
  • A (Guess the Beer) taste test for adults

Overall, this theme was pretty easy to put together and was a total hit with everyone! If you’re in a pickle for a last minute fall party theme (whether it be for a birthday or not), Oktoberfest is definitely one to try!



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