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Bavarian Oktoberfest Décor Delights

Posted by Wendy Moyle on August 10, 2011

A Bavarian-style Oktoberfest party is a harvest celebration involving food, friends, music, beer – not necessarily in that order – and most of all, German or Bavarian heritage and tradition.

Get a head start on decorating your Bavarian shindig by visiting Shindigz.com’s Oktoberfest party supplies.

One thing you’ll notice is that the blues in blue-and-white Bavarian party decorations are not always the same. Some are pale blue, some medium. That’s because there’s no rule about the shade of blue used in the Bavarian flag except it must not be navy.

Depending upon the planned level of formality, this may or may not constitute a problem for you. If it does, we recommend embracing a two-blue color palette. Mix a light and a medium blue with white in balloon arrangements, twist two shades of streamers back-to-back and select accents that include two blues (the stein balloon holder and Oktoberfest centerpiece are examples). This approach gives mixed Oktoberfest decorations a pulled-together look without your having to obsess over whether something is the “right” shade of blue or not.

Once you’ve dealt with the blues, here are tips for using Bavarian party supplies in four other areas that’ll need Oktoberfest party treatment.

The Entrance
Set the tone for the Bavarian celebration and tell guests they’ve reached the right Hofbrauhaus. Hang one of our pennant banners from a fence or railing along with personalized Oktoberfest banners in one of dozens of designs.

Just inside, set up a fabulous made-to-order arch that does triple duty as a gateway to Bavarian delights, a photo op and an all-around conversation piece.

The Background
Much of Oktoberfest is spent outdoors in park settings, at street parades and in beer tents. A tent or park shelter is ideal, but you can create a tent-like feel in any room by draping lengths of a decorating fabric, such as gossamer, from the center of the room to the ceiling edges and allowing them to cascade from there to the floor. Whether you use wide swaths of material or streamers depends on venue size, room attractiveness, personal preferences for coverage, and budget.

If the room is white, consider creating the blue two-tone streamers for this step. Create a balloon “chandelier” for hanging from the center point where the streamers meet on the ceiling, and place big Bavarian cutouts on the walls between the cascading streamers.

The Focal Points
Suspend a festive yet inexpensive Oktoberfest party canopy over a podium, photo setting or the burgermeister’s chair. The canopy consists of a tissue ball with four 12-foot garlands attached to it, which means a flexible fit over the size and shape of the area to be covered, and no worries about the weight of the piece.

Use three of canopies to cover larger areas such as buffet tables or a bandstand. Tack the back garland pieces to the wall, front pieces suspended from the ceiling with fishing line as an overhead “fringe” that still divides the space but won’t get in anyone’s way.

The Tables
If you have a lot of tables, you’ll want to relieve the blue and white scheme with a sassy contrast. Choose primary or harvest colors for this task. Possibilities include balloon bouquets in German flag colors, piles of brown pretzels or Oktoberfest tableware, for example personalized bottle labels or coasters, in bright designs.

For attractive table centerpieces evocative of the season, the harvest and the celebration, arrange fall flowers such as red and yellow chrysanthemums in Shindigz’ attractive, sturdy Oktoberfest steins. Add dried wheat or foxtails to the arrangement, or sprinkle hops cones around the bases of the steins.

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