Thanksgiving Place Cards

DIY Thanksgiving place cards

Do you have children coming to your home this Thanksgiving? Here is a fun idea for children’s Thanksgiving place cards that look like corn on the cob and hold some special surprises to keep them busy during your holiday meal!

 We have a big family, and that means lots of kids at the Thanksgiving table.  Every year I try to do something a little special for them. Handprint turkeys, newspaper pilgrim hats, and the creation of a paper bag puppet show have all been Thanksgiving Day highlights. Last year we had 12 children at our Thanksgiving celebration, and that meant a big children’s table, so I thought it would be fun to give them something to keep busy while the adults chatted over coffee.  These toy filled, corn on the cob inspired place cards turned out to be just the thing! Here is how to make them:

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Children’s Corn on the Cob Thanksgiving Place Cards

Stick an assortment of goodies inside each place card

thanksgiving place card craft materials

Here are the materials that you will need


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  • Toilet paper rolls (1 per person
  • Yellow construction paper (cut to fit rolls — about 4.5 by 6″)
  • Green tissue paper
  • Ribbon to tie ends
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Toys to fill the toilet paper rolls (**We used things that would keep the kids busy like crayons, paper, stickers, and small games, but you could substitute anything you choose)


1. Glue the yellow construction paper to completely cover the toilet paper roll

2. Fill the roll with goodies

3. Wrap the roll with green tissue paper, leaving a strip of yellow showing to look like corn, and enough extra paper at the ends so that you can tie it off.

4. Tie the roll at the ends like a candy

5. Write each child’s name on a place card or attach a decorative name tag to each

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Tokens of Gratitude

Say “Thank You” with a Turkey Gram!

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This November our family is doing our best to remember the many blessings in our lives with some tokens of gratitude. One thing that everyone in our household is thankful for is our good friends; the people who make us smile, share good times, and are always there when we need them.

turkey gram tokens of gratitudeWe thought a fun way to say thank you would be to deliver some special treats as a surprise pick-me-up. To do this, we adapted October’s Halloween “Boo” and December’s Secret Santa into a little thank you gift that is unique to November — The Turkey Gram!

What, you may ask, is a Turkey Gram? Anything that shares your gratitude with someone important to you: it could be a heartfelt note, a hand drawn picture, or in our case, bags of homemade cookies!

My girls and I spent a blustery afternoon baking some cookies. We stuck them in cellophane treat bags, and tied them off with notes shaped like turkeys. On each note we wrote,

“We’re thankful to have good friends like you! Happy November!”
— The Preble Family

Then we piled in the car and made our deliveries, ringing doorbells and sneaking off into the sunset. What started off as a boring rainy day turned into a fun family adventure where we not only shared some time together, but spread a little sunshine.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 Some people have asked us where we got the foam turkey for this project we found them at our local craft store. We found these fun turkey cut outs at They would be great for your turkey-grams!

Foam Craft Turkeys

Pumpkin Recipes

Use the flavors of the season to make these yummy treats. Here are a few of our favorite fall pumpkin recipes.

pumpkin cupcake recipe

Pumpkin Cupcakes


Pumpkin Cupcakes

Halloween Costumes All Year at Halloween Express

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, sift before measuring
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten until frothy
  • 1 cup mashed cooked or canned pumpkin
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans


  1. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg into a bowl.
  2.  Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy; beat in eggs.
  3. Blend in mashed pumpkin.
  4. Stir in the sifted dry ingredients alternately with the milk, blending until batter is smooth after each addition; stir in chopped walnuts or pecans.
  5. Spoon batter into well-greased and floured or paper-lined muffin pan cups. Fill about 2/3 full. Bake at 375° for 25 minutes, or until a wooden pick or cake tester inserted in center comes out clean.
  6. Frost with cream cheese frosting, whipped cream, or leave plain.

** Mix yellow and red food coloring together to make orange frosting.  Add coloring to your icing until you get the shade you want. More yellow will lighten the color and more red will darken the color.

** Top with orange sprinkles.
Makes about 24 cupcakes.

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pumpkin bread recipe

Pumpkin Bread


Pumpkin Bread


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups shredded fresh pumpkin
  • 1 cup toasted pumpkin seeds


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Sift the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together.

In a separate bowl, mix the sugar, vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla. Combine both mixtures and fold in the shredded pumpkin and pumpkin seeds. Once the ingredients are all incorporated pour into a non- stick 9 by 5 by 3-inch loaf pan. If your pan is not non- stick coat it with butter and flour.

Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. At this point a knife inserted into the middle of the loaf should come out clean. Cool for 15 minutes and turn out onto a cooling rack. Cool completely.

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pumpkin scone recipe

Pumpkin Scones


Pumpkin Scones


  • About 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3/4 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • About 1/2 cup (1/4 lb.) butter or margarine, cut into chunks
  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup plus one tablespoon milk
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar


1. In a bowl, mix flour, brown sugar, baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, and salt.  Add 1/2 cup of butter, and use your fingers to mix until pea size crumbs form.

2.  In a small bowl, whisk pumpkin and 1/2 cup of milk until well blended. Add to flour mixture and stir until dough is evenly moistened.

3. Scrape onto a lightly floured board, turn over to coat, and gently knead until dough comes together, 5 or 6 turns. Pat dough into a 6 inch round, 1 1/2 inches thick; cut into 6 equal wedges.

4. Separate wedges and place on a lightly buttered  12 x 15 inch baking sheet. In a small bowl, beat egg yolk and 1 tablespoon of milk to blend; brush lightly over the tops of the scones (discard any unused egg wash.) In another small bowl, mix granulated sugar and remaining 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon. Sprinkle evenly over the scones.

5. Bake in a 375 degree oven until scones are golden brown, 25-30 minutes. Transfer to a rack, serve warm or cool.

(from Sunset Magazine, 2001)

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Halloween Drinks For Adults


Who says Halloween is just for kids? We’ve gathered a variety of fun, colorful and delicious Halloween drinks for adults to help you live it up with all of your best guy and “ghoul-friends”! Just click on the links below to find directions for making each of these great Halloween drinks. Have fun!

1. Melon-Eye Tini

2. Goblin Screwdrivers

3. Test Tube Shooters

4.  Gremlin  Punch

** The test tube shooters and melon punch can be made for either kids or adults, so everyone can join in the fun! Happy Halloween!

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