Apple Picking Party

February 12th, 2013 posted by Kit Bennett

There’s something so satisfying about biting in to a freshly picked juicy apple and you can’t get any fresher than picking one right off the tree at your local orchard! Why not combine this autumn tradition with a fun gathering and host an apple picking party? Begin with an outing to an orchard where you and the kids can enjoy hayrides, cider and fresh air and then make the trek home to enjoy games, crafts, and delicious snacks. Here are some of my favorite ideas to help get your own creative juices going. Decorate your party space before leaving for your apple picking outing and either pile the kids in carpooling vans or ask families to meet you at the orchard.

  • Your front door is the first thing your guests see, so set the mood using bales of hay, a scarecrow and bushel baskets.
  • Cover your table with brown butcher paper. Enlist your kids to help you paint Apple prints on the Brown table cover using poster paint and cut apples.
  • Make big beautiful red tissue apples to hang from the ceiling. Wrap Styrofoam balls with tissue and tie it off with brown ribbon. Add green construction paper for a step and hang them with ribbon, yarn or fishing line.
  • Create a centerpiece by filling a cupcake stand with a variety of apples – of course you can also use real cupcakes too (see apple cupcake suggestion below)
  • Set your table with red, green and golden yellow tableware. Use Mason jars for glassware. Brown paper stems, green construction paper leaves and glue dots (on the back of the plates) transform your red plates to apples.
  • Attach nametags to apple stems and place one at each place setting.
  • Tie vintage aprons to the back of chairs.
  • You can top things off with more bushel baskets hay and autumn decorations or props.

Food to Go and For Home

As most parents know, you should never take kids out for an activity without packing a little snack and he same holds true for party outing. Give each child a small snack bag filled with a party cracker mix, trail mix package of cheese crackers. You can probably buy cider at the Orchard and possibly cider doughnuts – Yummmm! When you return home after our apple picking, a little protein will be in order. Apple slices with cheddar cheese or cheese sandwiches prepared with an apple shaped cookie cutter. By this time the kids might be suffering from apple fatigue and in returning to deli sandwiches, vegetables and dip and other kids-standbys will work as well. For an adorable sweet treat make red apple cupcakes frosted and dipped in red decorator sugar. Insert a small pretzel stick for a stem and use green fruit leather to cut leaves.

Here are some recipes to try:

Awesome Apple Munchies Ooey Gooey Apple Crispies Most of your party activities will be enjoyed at the Orchard and the kids will be pretty tuckered out, But, you know how kids are, after a snack and drink ,they’ll be refreshed and ready to play again A few easy to prepare games and a simple craft will complete the fun!

  • An obstacle course or potato sack races are good choices for backyard activities.
  • Or ,run some relay races where teams race against each other to fill a basket carry an apple on a wooden spoon without dropping it.
  • Send the kids on a scavenger hunt to look for hidden apples throughout the yard or party space. Players can trade in apples they found for small prizes. Want to increase the stakes? Hide a few golden apples and the players who find those receive a special prize. Your local craft store will have glitter-covered apples, or you can spray paint them yourself.
  • While some of the kids are playing games with adult helper a small group can take turns preparing apples with a countertop peeler corer and slice — this is particularly fun for younger children -they just love to turn the crank around and around and around.
  • Use red pom-poms, wiggle eyes, green felt, brown yarn and wiggle eyes for a make and take Apple Pal craft.

Do you like to send or get some with the goodie bag? Keep with the theme by giving Individually wrapped peanut butter chocolate caramel apples to take home. Or make a visit to your local teacher store will you find an abundance of Apple themed stickers, erasers and trinkets and tie them all up in the fabric bandanna. If you’re busy schedule doesn’t provide the time to host a party at home, try taking a small group of kids apple picking, enjoy cider, donuts and running around in the fresh air because Autumn is a great season for creating memories!

Kit Bennett (2 Posts)

Kit Bennett, is a celebration and play expert who believes that sprinkles, pom-poms, pipe cleaners and wiggle eyes make the world a brighter place. She’s the founder of and KidsParties 1-2-3 where she makes planning a party for kids as easy as 1,2,3! Her inspiration comes from her four children, two granddaughters and several nieces and nephews whom she loves BIG, BIG, BIG!

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