Modern Thanksgiving: Fall Favors & Treats

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modern thanksgiving decoration ideas

In continuing our “fall-wedding-inspired Thanksgiving” series, this next post features clever fall favor & treat ideas from a beautiful, rustic-chic autumn reception.

modern thanksgiving decoration ideas

Style Steal tips for your home celebrations:

  • Candied apples look extra sweet when displayed on a tray of lined with crushed nuts and decorated with rose-hip berries and chrysanthemums.
  • Fill small burlap sacks with apples and your favorite apple pie recipe. Decorate the front of the sack with a fun label.
  • Decorate preserve-filled mason jars with stylish fall or Thanksgiving-themed ribbon & labels.
  • Fill mini favor bags with specialty trail mix (like cranberry nut by Archer Farms). Display the favors in a tray lined with the same mix!

Chances are good that you’re probably not going to whip up a wedding cake for Thanksgiving this year, but I couldn’t resist including this image because it’s just oh-so-beautiful and chocolate-y!

modern thanksgiving decoration ideas

Couldn’t resist including this next one either… and here’s a Homemade Caramel Apple recipe if you’re feeling especially inspired!

modern thanksgiving decoration ideas


Vendor Credit
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  • Photography by: Miki Duisterhof
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POSTED BY:jenn s.JENNIFER SBRANTI is the Founder and Creative Director of Hostess with the Mostess®, a hip and modern party planning resource.

25 responses to “Modern Thanksgiving: Fall Favors & Treats”

  1. Hillary says:

    The trail mix idea is actually really cute! Love the wedding cake image too – gorgeous!

  2. Sidney says:

    I’m not sure how this works, but somehow or other you should check out the Cake and a Prayer website. They are an on-line specialty provider of beautiful gift packages that include a personal prayer message on a 4×6 linen card, a 6-inch succulent lemon pound cake and an elegantly framed scripture or words of inspiration.

    It made me a hit earlier this year at a family gathering. I believe it is the perfect to bring or send the Holiday Season.

  3. Julie says:

    The caramel apples on the crushed nut tray is a fabulous idea!

  4. Lelia says:

    The diabetic in me is drooling over those caramel apples!

  5. Jess says:

    Tasty treats! Those caramel apples look especially amazing!

  6. Crea-T-V-T says:

    The Thanksgiving wedding cake is gorgeous. It’s simple and very elegant!

  7. This cake really caught my eyes! I absolutely love this idea.

  8. All of these images are so inspiring! I adore that cake; it’s so fabulous! Beautiful images!

  9. Niki says:

    Thanks for these links. I absolutely love the burlap apples with the recipe card. So pretty and practical. I bookmarked this one for next year

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  11. Rachel says:

    I love the caramel apple idea! I am thinking about using that at my wedding reception! Any good suggestions on where to find a tray like this one to display the apples?

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  13. kate says:

    I love the burlap bags!! Where can I find them?? Thanks!!! -kate hurton, Wedding Planner at Red Apple Farm in Phillipston MA

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  16. Amber says:

    I love the mini carmel apples, a perfect treat for my family this year!!

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