Thanksgiving Treats & Decorating Ideas

Oct 30, 2015

The best Thanksgiving ideas are all about the treats and the ambiance, which you can easily create using these tips from an expert.

Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful, to share family traditions and to enjoy a delicious meal with our loved ones. I am very thankful for my family and their wonderful recipes that have been passed down through the generations. Some of my favorite things to create with my family are the desserts and treats.  Here are a few easy-to-make Thanksgiving ideas for treats Thanksgiving decor that I hope you enjoy making with your family.

  1. CORN SHUCK CANDY

    What You Need
    1 Pkg Corn Shucks
    Reese’s Pieces
    Twine

    Instructions
    This is one of the easiest treats I have ever made. The first step is to bring one end of the corn shuck together and tie a knot around it with the twine. Next, tie another knot on the other side of the corn shuck leaving about two inches of shuck at the top. This will give you a pocket in the middle of the corn shuck. Fill the pocket with Reese’s pieces. You can tie a place card to one end of the twine and use these for place settings at your Thanksgiving table.

  2. TURKEY PRETZELS

    Ingredients
    Chocolate cover pretzels
    Lil Dutch Maid Crème Cookies
    Chocolate Chips
    Paraffin Wax
    Wilton Melting Pot (or a double boiling system)
    Candy Corn
    Wilton Sugar Eyes
    Parchment Paper

    Instructions
    1. Lay 3 chocolate covered pretzels on parchment paper with the bottoms touching.

    2. Using a double boiler or a chocolate melting pot, melt 1½ cups of chocolate chips with ¼ inch of the block of Paraffin wax, shaved into the chocolate chips. This is used to bind the chocolate and allow it to cool without being sticky.

    3. Once the chocolate is melted, dip the crème cookie into the melted chocolate, covering the cookie completely. Place the cookie on top of the three pretzels, then place 2 candy eyes and one candy corn piece onto the hot cookie so that the melted chocolate can be used to bind the candy. Let it cool.

  3. PILGRIM HATS

    Ingredients
    Mini Reese’s peanut butter cups
    Lil Dutch Maid Chocolate Chip Cookies
    Chocolate Chips
    Paraffin Wax
    Wilton Melting Pot (or a double boiling system)
    Wilton Icing with tips
    Parchment paper

    Instructions
    1. Using a double boiler or a chocolate melting pot, melt 1½ cups of chocolate chips with ¼ inch of the block of Paraffin wax, shaved into the chocolate chips, this is used to bind the chocolate and allow it to cool without being sticky.

    2. Once the chocolate is melted, dip one side of the cookie flat side down into the chocolate, just enough to coat the flat side of the cookie. Let the chocolate covered cookies cool on parchment paper.

    3. Using the tube icing as glue, squirt a quarter size of icing onto the big side of the Reese’s peanut butter cup and place it onto the chocolate covered side of the cookie.

    4. Let it cool, and then decorate a square onto the outside of the peanut butter cup to finish off the hat design.

  4. THANKSGIVING-THEMED TABLE SETTINGS

    There are so many Thanksgiving ideas and reasons to be grateful. I am thankful for the cooler weather and the extra time I will get to spend with my family on Thanksgiving Day. A great way to spend time with family is through crafting. While the turkey is in the oven and the pies are cooling off, follow these easy steps to make a beautiful table setting with your family.

  5. LEAF PLACEMAT

    What You Need
    Poster board
    DecoArt American Acrylic paint in orange, yellow and red
    Sponge brushes
    DecoArt American Brand Decou Page
    Glitter in gold, red, orange
    Scissors

    Instructions
    To start this project, you will need a leaf pattern. The leaf will need to be a little bigger than the plates you plan to use for dinner. After you have your leaf pattern, trace it onto a poster board. You can make more than one style of leaf or make them all the same. Cut the leaf out of the sheet of poster board.

    Now paint each leaf in the various colors of DecoArt American brand acrylic paint. One coat should be enough. Let the leaves dry for 30 minutes. Brush the DecoArt American Brand Decou Page onto the leaf, only do a little section at time, while the decou page is still wet, sprinkle the matching color of glitter onto the painted area. Covering small sections of the leaf at a time, finish the whole leaf with the decou page and glitter.  Let this dry at least one hour.

    To finish off your table setting, place 3 long strands of thick ribbon down the middle of the table as a table runner. Add candles and fall floral to the center of the table, on top of the ribbon. You can also add decorative table cloth and napkins.

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