Oktoberfest Table Decor with Simple Appetizers

Oktoberfest Table Decorations

Oktoberfest happens every September in Munich Germany and is famous for its beer gardens and various German foods.     When Milena from Craft Beering approached me to create some Oktoberfest printables, I was only too happy to collaborate.

Plan an Oktoberfest Party

It’s pretty easy to put together a simple Oktoberfest Party, buy some German beer, serve a couple German appetizers and create some decorations using the Oktoberfest printables.

There are four different Oktoberfest decoration templates for you to mix and match any way you like.

The Blue and White Lozenge Banner

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In heraldry this diamond pattern is called lozenge and dates back to Otto II of Bavaria (1206-1253).  In 1835, the Bavarian king Ludwig I redesigned the coat of arms for Bavaria, with the lozenge at the epicenter of the design.   More information can be found in this reference.

To make this banner print out the Lozenge Patterned Banner Printable.

Cut out the banner pieces.

Fold over at the mark on the printable.

Fold over a string and staple.

Prost Banner

Prost means cheers in German so its very fitting to have a Prost banner at your Oktoberfest party.

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There are Prost banners in two different sizes depending on how you want to use them. The ones above are the large size.

Large Prost Printable

Small Prost Printable

Weisn Printable

Weisn is the Bavarian word for Oktoberfest, the German Coat of Arms is added for flare.

The Wiesn Printable in Large

The Wiesn Printable in Small

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Oktoberfest Printable

This Oktoberfest printable is pretty self-explanatory.   To use this printable simply cut it out and lay it on the table where ever you like.

Oktoberfest Appetizers

To host an Oktoberfest party all you really need to do is go to a local German deli and grab some simple German traditional foods.  Sauerkraut, pickled red cabbage, Bavarian sausage, rye bread, and German cheeses.  Here is a link that outlines the foods served at Oktoberfest.

My Oktoberfest Party Menu

Hub loves all things German so to spoil him I make special German meals for him and have a few authentic German cookbooks from the German deli in Edmonton.  German food has lots of variety, it isn’t just sauerkraut and black forest cake.

Fleischsalat (German Meat Paste)

My mother use to make me something very similar as a child, she would grind up the same ingredients.  The authentic version comes with quark cheese that is available in a German deli.  If you cannot find it, greek yogurt works.

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You will need:

4 oz Lyoner Sausage

2 diced dill pickles

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/2 cup quark cheese (greek yogurt)

2 tsp sugar

pickle juice

Cut the lyoner sausage into strips.

Dice dill pickle into small bits.

Place in bowl.  Add remaining ingredients. Mix and add pickle juice a tsp at a time, until it’s a consistency you like.

Serve it with small slices of rye bread, German crackers, or raw vegetables.

Appetizer Konigsberg Meatballs

This recipe is one of Hubs favorites.  I make it for him every year when he first comes home for his Christmas holidays.he’s home for the Christmas holidays as a special treat. To make this into an appetizer the recipe was updated by making the meatballs small and serving them with the sauce for dipping.

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What you will need:

2 slices of dry bread

1/2 cup onion chopped fine

1 lb hamburger

2 large eggs

1 tbsp butter

1 tsp flour

1/2 cup milk

tbsp  capers

salt pepper nutmeg

1 egg yolk

2 tbsp cream

Make the bread into crumbs, add the onion, the meat, eggs and spices,  mix together and make into small meatballs.   Cook the meatballs until brown.

Melt the butter,  then add the flour,  whisk in the milk.  Add the capers and cream.

German Sausage Appetizers

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Cut Bavarian sausage into small chunks and fry until cooked.  Fold German salami around pickles, or fold into quarters.

Potatoe Salad with Dill

This is a simple potato salad with cooked mashed potatoes, egg, onions, radishes, grated carrot, mayonnaise, yogurt, salt and dill.

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To finish the menu I purchased pickled red cabbage, fruits, vegetables, and soft pretzels. Once upon a time, I made soft pretzels but the recipe so much work and makes a very large batch.   I promise these high quality purchased soft pretzels taste just as good and you can likely find premade soft bread pretzels in your area as well.

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The label on the mustard was adorable so instead of serving it in a bowl with the pretzels, the mustard was left in the jar.

Would you consider hosting an Oktoberfest party?


  1. There is a yearly Oktoberfest at Ober Gatlinburg, TN each year and I have never gone to it even though it is just a few miles away from us. You have intrigued me enough to try it out. Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty

  2. This post just took me back to our most enjoyable trip to Germany a few Summers ago. I never ate or drank so much in my life! Thank goodness we also did a lot of walking to visit so many historical sights. The food highlight of our trip was my friend’s friend made the most amazing traditional Black Forrest Cake that I’ve ever tasted in my life! Thanks for the trip down memory lane – I am longing for another trip to Germany.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      That’s wonderful Marie. I did not know you had been to Germany. Its definitely on Hubs list of places to go visit, it would be wonderful.

  3. How cute! I love the decorations. My hubby and I used to love celebrating Oktoberfest (back when we drank). Now, I like to make veg-friendly versions of some of my old favorites. I’ve always been a sucker for German potato salad and pretzels. Hope you are having a good week Leanna!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Randi. Thank you. I am a carb fiend so my favorites are potatoe salad and especially soft pretzels. They are so good, we’d have them often but they are so time consuming to make.

  4. Very cute Oktoberfest spread. I’ve only been to an Oktoberfest party once but the food (and beer, of course) was really good! Love the mini flag garland. Visiting from Whims Wednesday.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Victoria. I think the printables are what make it an Oktoberfest party. Otherwise Hubs would just think he was being fed really well.

  5. Thank you for making the pretty printables! Love, love the recipes! In fact, this Saturday for the opening day of Oktoberfest I will make the Fleischsalat. I love rye bread and your spread is beyond words!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Oh that’s awesome Milena. Please let me know what you think of it. Thank you for asking me to collaborate on your gorgeous blog.

  6. This looks like so much fun… and you are showing so many creative ideas and recipes! As always,
    you make it all easy and definitely do-able! Thank you for sharing this !!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Kristine: When it comes to cooking I like food as easy as possible. The one exception being Christmas. Glad you like it.

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