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It is time to start preparing for Thanksgiving! One of my favorite times of year! If you are panicked about hosting Thanksgiving this year and need help, quickly click on this link and get some help!
Now that you have calmed down, LOL, you can focus on some fun things that will offer that extra umph to your Thanksgiving table!
Back in 2019, I shared this idea about making cloth napkins and an ornament favor to give to each of your guests. I still love the idea.
After you've given away the favor, you will still have the napkin left to use the next year! It is time to come up with a new favor!
This year I decided that I would make cornucopias! About a million years ago, when I was young, I saw them done with sugar ice cream cones and filled with candy corns shaped like fall vegetables. Not just pumpkins, but corn on the cob and other things. Guess what, you never find that kind of candy any more. All I find is plain old candy corn with a few pumpkins scattered in it, or pumpkins by themselves. Disappointing. I mean, a cornucopia is supposed to represent plenty and be full of blessings! So, I needed to come up with a different idea. Here is what I did:
Both Welch's and Motts have fruit shaped snacks. I actually had both of those brands. I tried to decide which ones I liked best as far as fruit definition and color. I ended up using both. What do you think?
Of course, I had to open the bags and mix them in a bowl with the pumpkins. I used 8 bags of fruit snacks and 1 package of pumpkins. That mixture will fill plenty of cornucopias!
I didn't want to just plop my mix into the sugar cone and call it a day. I had to make those cornucopias cute! So, I melted some chocolate chips and dipped the tops in melted chocolate and dipped the chocolate into the Fall colored sprinkles.
Aren't they adorable? They look good enough to eat! This is a great way to dress up cones for ice cream at a birthday party or something as well!
When you are ready to set your table, fill your cornucopia with the pumpkin/fruit mixture. I used an orange paper napkin tucked inside the pocket of my cloth napkin for both a pop of color and to protect the cloth napkin from the chocolate. I think it looks amazing! (If you didn't make your own cloth napkins, you can purchase some here.)
If you want to do something a little extra, you can use frosting to write each person's name on them. but be careful if you have very long names in your family to start out writing small enough!
Hmmmm, I think they look great without the names. Ha Ha Ha
I think that my grandchildren will love these. If you make them in advance, I'm pretty sure that they will freeze well until the actual holiday arrives!
Here are some other options for Thanksgiving favors:
I hope that you find a choice here that will work well for your family! Enjoy the process! You will wow everyone and make great memories.
Do you use real plates or paper at your holiday dinners? Drop me a line in the comments. I love real, but it is hard to have enough for an entire family if your family is large. Here are some options of both that I really like.
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!