Fall Apple Cider Bar & a Giveaway!

My boys LOVE fall. It’s definitely their favorite time of year. The changing of seasons (well the weather cools down a bit for us in the desert anyway) and the excitement of the holidays. I take advantage of that excitement and try to plan fun activities with friends and family – even just a small little get together can be made fun with a “reason” to get together like this easy Fall Apple Cider Bar.

I love little things like this that looks so fun and special for the kids, but that is quick and easy to put together.

To keep the “quick and easy” theme going I clean up with Clorox disinfecting wipes. I love that we can clean most surface areas with them and it’s easy to use. They are also great for disinfecting those germy spots like doorknobs, light switches, TV remotes, faucets and plastic toys. When my niece and nephew come over (or other family and friends during the holidays) I try to remember to clean all the toys they play with so the boys don’t spread their school germs with their cousins! If someone does happen to get sick we go crazy disinfecting the house to keep it from spreading!

For our cider bar we had

  • cider (hot and cold)
  • chocolate candy
  • marshmallows
  • freeze dried cinnamon apples
  • caramels
  • cinnamon sticks
  • cinnamon
  • ice cream (for floats)
  • whipped cream

If your kids aren’t old enough to pour you can put the cider in a beverage container with a spout. Have the kids add all the toppings they want to their cider. It’s funny to see how different the kids are. There are always some who are super conservative with what they put in their cider and others who load it all in!

The ice cream was definitely a hit with both the hot and cold cider.

The chocolates and caramels are great for the hot cider because they melt in your drink (use a cinnamon stick for a stir stick but remind kids not to use them as a straw).

Once everyone has made their masterpieces – real life starts to show, you know, the mess!

 

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Comments

  1. hanna says

    I try to work out at lunch and run so that way if we have something after work or if I splurge a little I've already exercised.

  2. LivLaugheat says

    I'm with Hanna^ on "sweating it out" to keep the germs away but we are also fans of the Clorox wipes. We buy in bulk at Costco and they are indispensable for a household with a potty training 2 year old!

  3. Karen Medlin says

    Love the Apple Cider Bar, we keep up our good sleep habits so we don't get run down and catch a cold or the flu. We tend to over eat a bit during the holidays so we stay healthy during the busy holiday season by getting outdoors when the weather is nice to burn off those extra calories and stress.

  4. Angie says

    I love my Clorox wipes! We also stay healthy with frequent handwashing. I'm constantly tellling one of the four children to go wash their hands!

  5. lisa brown says

    I stay healthy during the holidays by washing my hands as much as I can, and taking zinc.
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

  6. Samantha M. says

    LOVE the thought of a Cider bar! I wonder if I might incorporate it into our Thanksgiving party… awesome!

    For my entry on staying healthy during the holidays, I like to drink a Green Monster once a day. Rich with antioxidants and vitamins, it really jumps starts my morning, along with a healthy diet and exercise (chocolate IS a food group, don't judge me lol). I try my best to get to the gym so that helps to fight off any icky feels. Other than that I just take extra care with disinfecting my home with the same wipes you use and educating the family on things to help keep us healthy…. sharing is caring except for germs so not sharing drinks or food, cough/sneeze into your arm (not hands!), wash your hands WITH soap… I make sure I get really scent filled (but hypoallergenic) anti-bacterial soap so there's no fooling me ;) .

    Love your blog! So glad I found it recently!

  7. Kathleen says

    What a great idea for a party! I'm going to try it for a playdate this week.

    We try to get outside every day, even if it's cold out. I think the fresh air and sunshine keep us healthy!

  8. Nina says

    Umm, is that possible? This season is the worst for us as a family. Parties with community food make that really hard. We are a household with 3 kindergarteners so little fingers and hands spread germs like crazy. I have three rules, wash hands, eat what you touch and NO DOUBLE DIPPING!!

  9. Karolyn says

    We stay healthy by exercising, eating a lot of pomegranates, and drinking a honeybee apple delight daily (it is a cup of warm water, a heaping teaspoon of raw honey, and 2 tsp Braggs cider vinegar).

  10. grace says

    Wash our hands with soap and warm water all the time .. everytime we come home from somewhere, before we eat .. at all time. And take plenty of vit c and go outside (bundle up in the cool weather). Thanks for the chance.

  11. Maryann Smith says

    I stay healthy by constantly cleaning the tables in my classroom. I have the kids wash their hands several times a day.

  12. Andrea says

    Ice Cream in cider, genius!! I still looove that wood cake stand. :)

    We stay healthy by taking our vitamins and making sure the house is always clean.

  13. Cassandra D. says

    I stay healthy during the holidays by going to the gym first thing in the mornings and by eating a healthy and filling snack BEFORE going to holiday parties so I don't gorge on holiday treats.

  14. D Schmidt says

    We wash our hands frequently, sanitize carts before touching and always use paper towels to touch door knobs in public places. I also sanitize my children's hands before eating or touching their faces when out. We also take vitamins to try to maintain health.

  15. jengd says

    I'm going to do my baking with as many healthy ingredients as possible (applesauce instead of oil, etc.) and continue to work out through the holidays.

  16. Jessie C. says

    I stay healthy by keeping up with exercise schedule and not overeating during the holidays
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  17. Amy Tong says

    I love your Apple Cider Bar idea. It's so much fun! And less for for the hostess<—me! hahaha….To stay healthy this holiday season, I like to keep the Clorox Disinfecting Wipes around the house. They are so convenience to use! I love them

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  18. wild orchid says

    I try to stay healthy by washing my hands regularly.

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  19. Wanda McHenry says

    I stay healthy by going the other way when I hear coughing people! Just kidding. hahaha No, seriously. I always make sure when I get in the car after I shop to use that Germ-X and I think that’s about it! I keep my house clean so no worries there, disinfecting wipes!

  20. bklynebeth says

    It really seems odd to see a Clorox wipes bottle in a fall cider post and you totally lost me on this one. We use bleach sparingly in our home and then, only by adults wearing gloves in situations where other less toxic cleaners are ineffective. I would never allow a child to use it or to clean up after fresh food or on wooden furniture. I also only buy bleach in a small bottle and use it with a reusable sponge or cloth vs. a throw away single use towelette – we keep bleach with the dangerous chemicals, not out where kids can access them. There are many good germs and bacteria that should be embraced, not killed, for the good health of humans and the planet and who needs the bleach fumes in and on their bodies? I know you probably need to write these advertorials to keep the blog running, but a damp cloth and water are the way to go with wood and children. Just my two cents.

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