Oktoberfest is a German tradition. The more than two week long festival is filled with beer and brats. In the States we celebrate with tons of seasonal beers but with a few easy tweaks you can throw your very own Oktoberfest party for kids. The ladies of Friday Frivolity are all sharing their own Oktoberfest posts so be sure to check them out. Today I’ll give you an easy how to throw an Oktoberfest party for kids checklist.
1. Must have menu
Oktoberfest is a beer festival but an easy substitute for the kids is apple cider. Apple cider is an autumn staple that most kids love. If your child is on the younger side, apple juice is a good option for them. Older children may like root beer.
Sausages are the second most important piece of Oktoberfest. If your littles love bratwursts then that should be the go to but for a more kid friendly menu swap out brats for hot dogs.
Kids aren’t always huge fans of fermented foods like sauerkraut but you can serve fall favorites like roasted corn or roasted squash or pumpkin.
Pretzels make a great snack and fit well in the theme. Soft pretzels are more traditional but a bowl of crunchy pretzel chips work as well for little hands to grab.
There’s tons of dessert options if you think fall for your kid’s Oktoberfest party. Candy or caramelized apples are perfect for kids. Create an apple station where kids can dip their caramel apples in sprinkles or nuts. You can also serve pumpkin shaped cookies.
2. Oktoberfest Decor
Throw your Oktoberfest party for kids outdoors like the real Oktoberfest in Munich. Incorporate colors of the German flag by using red, black and yellow table cloths. Use leaves and pumpkins as table decor. Piles of gourds and pumpkins in your backyard will add to the feel.
3. Autumn activities
One idea for an Oktoberfest activity for kids is DIY scarecrows. Check out your local thrift shop for cheap children’s clothes. Let the kids put together and stuff their own scarecrows.
Let children paint and decorate pumpkins to take home. Hand out pumpkin crayons and fall themed coloring sheets to keep kids entertained between activities.
Putting together an Oktoberfest party for kids is simpler than it seems. Just a few simple tweaks turn a traditional beer festival into a fun and safe celebration for our children.
How do you celebrate Oktoberfest with your kids?
Lindsay is a fabulously fun blogger who shares her attempts at cooking, DIY, and trying to be a fashionable mom over at Crazy About Expresso. Her most recent post is sharing a review of her latest Stitch Fix Box.
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