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Festive Thanksgiving Favors

Give Thanksgiving the attention it deserves. Bring on the harvest decorations and details this year for your big feast!

Studio 5 Party, Holiday and Ideas Contributor, Alisa Bangerter shares easy and delicious favors that will be an adorable addition to your Thanksgiving table!

Festive Turkey Pops:

Melt red, yellow, orange and brown candy melts. On a piece of parchment paper, take the back of a spoon and spread a fan shape of candy melts approximately 3" x 3" to create tail feathers for a turkey. Let set and then add several colors or blend candy melts together depending on what you want the feathers to look like. Place a lollipop stick in the lower part of the fan while the candy melts are still soft. Place a Nutter Butter cookie (turkey body) on the stick and fan while candy melts are still soft (you may need to build up candy melts a tiny bit so body lays flat on the stick). Place candy eyes on the cookie, a cut piece of a candy corn for a beak and red icing or piece of red candy to the side of the beak for a wattle. Let set completely before removing from parchment. A fun way to display these at each place setting is to insert stick into an apple or mini pumpkin and tie a bow at base of turkey body using brown tuelle or ribbon. Hang a name tag from ribbon if desired.

Cute Candy Acorns:

For each acorn, use icing or peanut butter to frost the bottom of a Mini Nilla Wafer cookie. Stick on an unwrapped Hershey Chocolate Kiss candy. Use icing to adhere a small piece of a pretzel stick to the top of the Nilla Wafer to create a tiny stem. Place acorns at each place setting with sugar cookie leaves or place several in a small box at each place setting. Another candy acorn idea that I like to make is: Mix together 1 cup of creamy peanut butter, ½ cup of margarine and 3 cups powdered sugar and mix well into a soft dough. Roll a 1" ball of dough into an acorn shape. Dip the top of the dough shape into melted chocolate or almond bark and press into finely chopped nuts or toffee bits to form the acorn cap. Break a stick pretzel in half and insert in top to create acorn stem. Set on waxed paper until chocolate has set. Display at each place setting with leaf cookie.

Teepee Cupcakes:

Bake cupcake batter in sugar ice cream cones. While still hot clip top of end off. Dip bottoms in icing or melted chocolate and sprinkles. Use icing or melted chocolate to insert small pretzel sticks in top of cone. Decorate teepee using small candies if desired. For a photo tutorial go to: teepee- cupcakes-revisited.html

Indian Corn Place Card:

Take one or two dry corn husks (available in the Mexican food isle of grocery stores) and gather bottom ends and tie together with some thin twine. Place some candies (such as Reese's Pieces) in a small plastic baggie and place in center of cornhusks above gathered area. Wrap sides of cornhusks around the candies in the baggie and gather at the top of the baggie. Tie closed leaving some long pieces of cornhusks at the top. It should look like a piece of Indian Corn. Tie on a name tag to create a place card.

Sugar Cone Cornucopia:

Place sugar ice cream cones in a steamer basket over hot water. Let each cone steam for a few minutes which will soften it. Carefully bend end up to form a cornucopia shape. Cone will harden quickly. Fill with a mixture of fruit shaped candies, nuts, pretzels, etc. If desired, place a ribbon around the opening of the cornucopia and attach a tiny name tag to serve as a place card.

Pumpkin Pie Cookie:

I love this cookie idea found on the Family Fun website and it would make a darling favor at each place setting for Thanksgiving. I thought it was a perfect solution for kids that don't like pumpkin pie. Instead of whipping cream, I would use some vanilla frosting piped on using a large star tip.

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