Are you thinking about hosting an apple picking party for a group of children this year? Do you already know what party favors you plan on handing out during the event? If not, you may want to check out a few of my suggestions. Each one is based on a favor that I have previously used over the course of my party planning career. Here they are:
Spiced Apple Tea Mix
School age children may appreciate a decorative Mason jar filled with a spiced apple tea mixture. In order to make the spiced apple tea mixture, you will need a can of dehydrated apple drink mix, a can of Tang, a jar of ground nutmeg and a jar of ground cinnamon. You can typically purchase all of the ingredients at major grocery stores.
Once you have your ingredients on hand, mix equal parts Tang and apple drink together into a bowl. Then add as much nutmeg and cinnamon as you see fit. I tend to use a teaspoon of each. Afterward, pour the powdered mixture into a Mason jar. Next, decorate the Mason jar’s lid with a scrap of apple themed fabric and then screw it onto the jar. You may also want to attach an apple shaped piece of card stock to the jar that explains how to make a cup of spiced apple tea. In general, a cup of tea is made with two teaspoons of the mix and 8 ounces of hot water.
Based on my experience, candy apples make an excellent party favor. You may opt to make your own candy apples or purchase ready-made candy apples through your local grocery store or candy shop. If you have never made candy apples before, there are instructions available on the Food Network’s website. Celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis’s candy apple recipes are my some of my favorites.
Preschool children will undoubtedly enjoy receiving an apple shaped cup with a straw. Many party supply stores sell apple shaped cups. Oriental Trading usually sells a dozen 12 ounce apple cups for $5. I like the cups because they are plastic and come with a lid. That way, there is less of a chance of big spills occurring during the party.
Age appropriate, apple themed crafts also tend to go over well with the kids. I like letting the older kids make apple charm pins. They are made with tiny plastic beads, small charms and metal safety pins. You can typically purchase a box of a dozen apple charm pin craft kits through party supply shops for as little as $2. Children between the ages of 3 and 6 tend to do better with apple frame crafts or leaf rubbing projects.
Source: Personal Experience
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