Pretzels and Polkas: How to Have a Kid-Friendly Oktoberfest Celebration
When you think of Oktoberbest, your first thought may be of overflowing beer steins. Celebrating a kid-friendly Oktoberfest can be just as fun with decorations, accessible recipes, puzzles, pretzels, and polka music. Start with an exploration of German cuisine basics and hang up some fun Oktoberfest decorations. After your Oktoberfest feast is over, sit down and read aloud from this children's book, Theodore's German Adventure, to complete your journey. While some Oktoberfests take place over a weekend, many begin in late-September or early-October and continue all month. Click through to see more recipe ideas and party tips to create your own Oktoberfest memories.
Oktober With German Bread
Having kids help create your Oktoberfest menu can be fun with this German Bread (Bauernbrot). Recipe creator Petra describes this as tasting "exactly like the bread we buy back home in Bavaria, Germany." Make up a batch together and serve with any of your Oktoberfest meal options.
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Bees, Banners, and Bavaria
It's not an at-home Oktoberfest without some fun Bavarian decorations and an Instagram-ready banner backdrop. Hang up the fun and take some pictures to remember the occasion. Set out a sweet treat of Bienenstich Bee Sting Cake to create an Oktoberfest party mood. Recipe creator Carol Chung describes this German pastry as "bread like with a sugary-almond crunchy crust and a vanilla pudding filling." Tip: Prepare the cake in advance, the recipe is a little complicated, but let kids help with spooning on the pudding mixture.
Build a German Burger
Introducing new foods to kids can take several tries. Unfamiliar Oktobfest foods may seem like a hard sell. An easy approach is to serve German versions of family-favorite foods. Do your children love hamburgers and potato salad? Make German Hamburgers and German Potato Salad. The food will look familiar with similar textures and ingredients. Combined with the fun of an Oktoberfest party, they may become part of your menu rotation throughout the rest of the year! When you get done building German burgers, bring out this set of CubicFun 3D German model kits and build German architecture together.
Oktoberfest for the Tiniest
Include babies and toddlers in Oktoberfest with apple favorites that echo big kid German apple desserts. A Strawberry Apple Baby Food and Applesauce Oatmeal Bites are fun for little ones to nibble on while you celebrate Oktoberfest with the big kids. Include baby in the festivities with their very own First Oktoberfest bib.
Pretzels and Polkas
Walking through an Oktoberfest festival, there are always lots of Bavarian pretzels and polka music echoing throughout. If you're looking to do a snacking version of the celebration, try serving up pretzels with some rollicking polka melodies. Create the experience at home by offering some Buttery Soft Pretzels or Papa Drexlers Bavarian Pretzels and dance along to polka music. Prezel Bratwurst Bites upgrade the pretzel party by combining two German favorites in a kid-friendly pigs-in-a-blanket format: brats and pretzels.
Schnitzel with Potatoes and Puzzles
Have fun saying the name of this German meat-and-potatoes favorite. Kids can help in pounding out the protein for Wienerschnitzel and assist with this Lengenberg's Boiled Potatoes recipe. While pork is the more traditional choice for schnitzel, thinly-pounded chicken breasts are another option for picky eaters. Once everyone has cleaned up their Oktoberfest plates, gather around and complete this Oktoberfest Puzzle that showcases a traditional celebration.
Spaetzle and Lederhosen at the Table
There's something extra fun about creating German Spaetzle Dumplings as an alternative to rice or potatoes. Add spaetzle as a side to schntizels for a great textural contrast. Recipe creator Marblet suggests heating the spaetzle in bacon drippings for added flavor. After you introduce a new German dish to the kids, learn more about traditional Oktoberfest costumes like lederhosen.
Oktoberfest for Breakfast
German Apple Pancakes are a sweet choice for breakfast or dessert. Start your Oktoberfest celebration in the morning with this yummy, easy prep option. Recipe creator Mollie_Cole explains suggests making it the night before and using apple pie filling as a time saver. Add the Best German Songs for Children playlist to your morning routine and get your kid-friendly Oktoberfest going early. German pancakes and polkas before school and work? Yes, please!
An Oktoberfest Crispy Chicken Dance
While Crispy Roasted Chicken may seem like a regular dinner choice, it's actually an Oktoberfest favorite. Recipe creator Doc Simonson explains that "this oven-roasted chicken is inspired by the Brathaehnchen served commonly in Bavarian Biergartens, small shops, and food carts." He suggests completing the meal with spaetzle or potatoes.
Sweet on Oktoberfest
Exploring Oktoberfest with your kids doesn't have to be a meat-and-potato meal. While there are many delicious German dessert options to end dinner with, consider setting up a dessert and candy bar featuring favorite cookies like German Honey Cookies and Pfeffernusse Cookies. Adding easily accessible and recognizable German Haribo candies or Kinder Bueno to a candy table with Bergen Marzipan is another fun way to create your own sweet Oktoberfest.