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Fun Thanksgiving Table Settings & Creative Desserts

Discover some nifty ideas for setting your Thanksgiving table this year, as well as preparing creative desserts that your guests will love!

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Thanksgiving Table Settings & Such

What You’ll Need for a Fun Turkey Day Appetizer:

  1. fruit (strawberries, grapes, a pear, bananas, apple slices, etc.)
  2. cheese
  3. crackers
  4. and/or pretzels.

You can really use whatever you and your guests would like.

A good way to start the day off is offering your guests a platter of appetizers. With fruit, cheese and crackers you can make a very cute presentation.

Take something like half a pear and place it towards the bottom of the plate; this will be the body of the turkey. You can use cheese for the beak and feet. Cloves work well for the eyes. Line up the fruits, cheeses, crackers, etc. in semicircles around the body of the turkey. These will act as feathers.

What You’ll Need for Festive Autumn Candles

Festive Autumn Leaf Candles for Thanksgiving
PHOTO CREDIT: Spark & Chemistry

The beautiful glow you’ll get from these mason jar candle holders will add to the warmth of your Thanksgiving meal. Spark & Chemistry make it easy to create these with things you already have around the house — including real leaves!

You’ll need some empty jars (Ball jars, old sauce jars, whatever you have on hand), real or artificial fall leaves, and mod podge or any glue that will dry clear.

Take an empty jar and decoupage leaves onto it, leaving some spaces so that the light can shine through. Add some raffia or ribbon if you’d like, place a votive candle inside and you’re done!

How to Spice Up Your Thanksgiving Napkins

How to make fancy napkin displays on your Thanksgiving table.

You can use a lot of different things to dress up the place settings with napkins. Do simple settings by tying things like raffia, burlap, ribbon, or a flower (anything you can come up with) around the napkin or silverware. Stick an acorn or leaf in there just to make it a bit more eye catching.

  • You can even put a napkin folded in a large rectangle shape and place a baby pumpkin, apple, or pear on top of it.
  • If you want, tie on a cute tag and write names on them.
  • Another cute idea is to take an actual cornhusk, or make one out of a tan napkin and tie it. You could put silverware in it, Reese’s pieces (they look like maize!), or any treat you think is fitting for the holiday.

2 More Crafty Thanksgiving Ideas

You can get more creative depending on your abilities and time.

  1. Spray paint pine cones or pumpkins gold or silver for stunning centerpieces.
  2. Or use origami and make turkeys, acorns, corn, or leaves to place on top of the plates or napkin.

Creative Thanksgiving Desserts

TURKEY COOKIES

Adorable Turkey Cookies
PHOTO CREDIT: Bake at 350

What You’ll Need:

  1. Sugar cookie dough (make your own so they’re shaped how you need them)
  2. Brown, orange, yellow, red, and black icing. TIP: You can get premade cookie icing in a pouch that dries hard just like royal icing right from the grocery store. It will save you time because it’s already the right consistency, comes in a ton of colors, and the packaging makes it easy to pipe right onto the cookies!

Make your sugar cookies, either from a recipe or a mix available at your local grocery store. Some tutorials use a flower cookie cutter but you can cut them out yourself. You need a round middle and about 5 or 6 petal shaped pieces coming from the top of the circle. You can add feet by putting an extra bit of cookie dough at the bottom.

Bake your cookies accordingly, let cool, and get to decorating.

For more step-by-step instructions with pictures, visit Bake at 350.

TURKEY CUPCAKES

What You’ll Need:

  1. cupcakes
  2. chocolate and white icing
  3. candy corn or cookies
  4. and chocolate sprinkles

Just make your regular cupcakes and get some tasty props to dress them up.

  • Chocolate frosting makes up the feathery body and an extra plop makes a little head.
  • Use white and brown icing for the eyes.
  • Candy corn is a great way to make a beak and tail feathers that stand up in the back, as well as two little feet.
  • For the feathers, instead of candy corn, you can use something like small, oval-shaped cookies or gumdrops; get creative!
  • Use some chocolate sprinkles to create a more textured body.

PILGRIM HAT COOKIES

What You’ll Need:

  1. cookies
  2. chocolate chips
  3. large marshmallows
  4. and yellow icing

 

  • You’ll need a flat, disc shaped cookie of some kind. You can get pre-made cookies for the bottom part, or feel free to make your own.
  • Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave and dip the marshmallows so that they are fully covered in the melted chocolate. You can use a toothpick to dip the marshmallows and then you want to plop them right in the middle of the cookie.
  • Let the chocolate harden on the cookies; you can put them in the refrigerator or freezer for this.
  • Apply the yellow icing as buckles on the hats and you’re all done!

A variation to this recipe is using an upside down mini Reese’s cups for the tops of the hat instead of marshmallows.

ACORN TREATS

The Spruce Eats Candy Acorn Treats
PHOTO CREDIT: The Spruce Eats

What You’ll Need:

  1. Hershey’s kisses
  2. Keebler Pitter Patter cookies or Nilla Wafers
  3. and chocolate chips

If you need something quick that even kids can make, these have to be the easiest option!

The Spruce Eats gives you all of the pictures and instructions you’ll need for both the peanut butter or wafer acorns, plus some variations that are sure to please.

Once you’re done, simply put them in the refrigerator or freezer to harden. If you want to use a different cookie, because of tastes or allergies, go for it!

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