Decorating the table for the traditional Thanksgiving meal can be done inexpensively. Grace your table with simple but practical touches of Indian corn, pumpkins, gourds, and dried and pressed leaves to provide an atmosphere that will make your meal more enjoyable. When our children were young, we also decorated the table with homemade turkey place cards for each family member. However, these cards weren’t your ordinary place cards – they were edible! Here is the fun recipe that you can to brighten up your Thanksgiving table this year. This is a good way to get your little ones involved in Thankgiving as well as giving them penmanship practace.
Round snack crackers
Chocolate covered cherries
Chocolate and white frosting (homemade is best)
Red gel used for coloring frosting
White construction paper
Thanksgiving stickers (optional)
Begin making your turkey place cards by frosting the cracker (flat side up works best) with a thick coat of white frosting (frosting needs to be firm, but sticky). Place one chocolate covered cherry off center on the frosted cracker to form the body of your turkey. Next, take six or seven pieces of candy corn to make the tail and place them on the cracker by fanning them around the chocolate covered cherry with the pointed end touching the cherry. Let the candy corn and cherry harden on the cracker (about 3 – 4 hours) before starting the next step.
Using the chocolate frosting, take the partially assembled “turkey” and frost two spots evenly spaced on the side and toward the front of the chocolate covered cherry for the feet and one spot on the top of the chocolate covered cherry for the head. Place chocolate chips on the frosted spots with the tips of the chips outwards. Your finished “turkey” will set up and balance on the chocolate chip feet and the edge of the cracker tail. You may have to slightly adjust the chips so the assembled turkey doesn’t fall over. Place a small amount of red gel for a turkey gobbler on the tip of the chocolate chip that is now the head of the turkey. Let this completely assembled piece dry and harden.
Have your child write the name of each Thanksgiving guest on a different 1″ x 3″ card (you’ll need two cards for each name). You can add a border on the card or thanksgiving sticker by the side of the name. Glue the two name cards together with one end of a tooth pick placed in between. After assembled, stick the card in between two of the candy corn pieces on the “tail of the turkey.” Your edible turkey place card is now complete and ready to sit on your beautifully, simply-decorated Thanksgiving table!