When Fall Gives You Apples, Make Apple Cider!

You know the old saying when life gives you lemons, make lemonade, but what about when the fall gives you apples? You make apple cider of course!

And that’s just what we did. Well, ok we didn’t exactly make it from scratch, but I would like to try that ONE of these days (like a thousand  other things I’d like to try!).  Every year, the kids & I set up a lemonade stand at the end of the summer when everyone is back in town, usually just after school starts. It gives them something fun to look forward to and it prolongs our summer vibes. This start of the school year was particularly busy so by the time we found a weekend to have our Last Licks Lemonade Stand, it was quite chilly! That’s when we dreamt up our apple cider stand.

Thanks to some of my fave spots, Party City & Target, I was able to put some super cute items together and make it look like our very own farm stand. Maybe  I’m exaggerating just a bit,  but it did turn out really cute and autumn- esque. I found the cute little wagon at Target for under $15 and picked up the hay at Party City. I love how perfectly the hay bale fit into the wagon like it was meant to be. Love those inspired decorated moments. They don’t always come so when they do, I really appreciate it especially as there was so little time to pull this all together in a day.

We had our beverage dispenser already from Amazon and decided to just keep the cider at room temp. Everyone was happy with that and we didn’t have to worry about anyone burning themselves. Next year we might get fancy and put some cider in a large insulated pot or thermos. You can always do that if you prefer to serve it warm. I found the cutest little fake painted pumpkins at Target, the festive fall leaf napkins and baggies at Party City along with some cups and paper straws inspired by the colors of fall. We already had the cream tablecloth from Party City from last year.  We put it all out on our tried & true Ikea little kids table and brought down the chairs for when the little workers need a break. Did I mention they take them often, cider and donuts included!?

If you know me by now, I can’t miss an opportunity to dress them in this cute theme. My daughter’s dress and cute brown boots are from Primark and her hat is from Target. The whole outfit is under $50!  My son’s pullover is from H&M. And me? I have on an old sweater and boots. It’s all about them!

My little ones always help to make the sign themselves and we printed up a sign to let friends nd neighbors know half of the proceeds will go to a charity we chose. We always match the amount as well. We choose a new one every year. Most years, it’s one for children because children helping children. What’s sweeter and kinder than that? I take the other half of the proceeds and pay my kiddos for their hard work (and for not eating ALL of the donuts!) and they love the feeling of earning money for themselves.  It’s a fun family activity, we raise money for a children’s charity, we get so see so many of our wonderful friends and neighbors, and they earn money to buy something special for themselves. It’s a no-brainer and a win win all around!

I really recommend trying one if you haven’t already, whether it be lemonade & cookies, apple cider & donuts, or maybe even hot cocoa and Santa cookies! We may just have to try a hot chocolate stand this winter ourselves. You can put a cute, fun stand together in a short time if you hit the right stores and keep it sweet (and cute of course) but simple. If you try it, come back and let me know! I’d love to see some of your pics too. Happy fall friends!

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