Monday, November 11, 2013

Thanksgiving Place Card Cookies {+ BLOG HOP}

{photography by Nicole, Expressions by Nicole Marie}

  It's hard to believe but Thanksgiving is just a couple of weeks away! Yes, it's the time of year when we all reflect on what we're thankful for but it also happens to be the biggest "eating holiday" of the year in my family. {YUM!!}  If you're going to be hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year, you're in luck! Today I'm sharing my tutorial for Turkey Feather Placecards and FREE printables from Bird's Party that you can use to spice up your tablescape.

I have a quick and easy tutorial for these Turkey Feather Place Card Cookies, and you can follow the links below to see how some other creative blogger friends are using these printables this Thanksgiving!

Supplies needed:
your favorite sugar cookie recipe
circle cutter
yellow food coloring
gold luster dust
paint brushes~ large and small
fondant roller
parchment paper
powdered sugar
corn syrup
alphabet stamps
lemon juice
lollipop sticks

I made this simple feather cookie figuring that a lot of people have a circle cutter floating around in their kitchens.  If not, no biggie...a cup turned upside down will do the trick!

If you are new to making decorated cookies, you can follow the full tutorial for decorating and hand stamping cookies HERE.
But if you have a basic knowledge of how to decorate, all you'll need to know is that I used the sides of the circle cutter to get my feather shape.  Make your fondant feather a tad smaller than you think you will need it because once you start making the lines, it gets a little bigger.  (I used a lollipop stick to make the lines on the fondant.)  I recommend doing your stamping before you attach your fondant with the corn syrup, once the fondant is attached it's difficult to remove.
Once you attach your fondant, you can mix a few drops of lemon juice with your food coloring and luster dust.  Use your small paint brush to fill in your stamped letters to make them pop!!

I'm a crafter at heart so I constructed this centerpiece using a few things I had laying around the house, adding Bird's cute turkey printables to tie in our Thanksgiving, "gobble" theme.
The tray is actually a rustic, wooden picture frame. I cut black foam board to size, laid it over the glass, then used a chalkboard eraser over it to give it a chalkboard look.

The flowers here are made out of tissue paper and crepe paper streamers.  They were extremely easy to make, using THIS tutorial from Martha Stewart.
The bunting and arrow were made out of brown craft paper.  I always keep rolls of the stuff handy because it's useful in so many ways... covering books, drop cloth, table runner...

Gobble-Gobble... I repurposed this orange pinwheel made by Peckled and the orange/craft paper flower on the cookie jar is from Greyson Design, both used in previous parties I've thrown. 

Oops, little Wren caught with her hand in the cookie jar.  And that's me, caught in my usual attire of a sweatshirt and baseball cap!!

You can find more wonderfully creative uses for these Thanksgiving printables by hopping over to these blogs:

Salted Caramel Apple Favors - Bird's Party Blog

Pecan Pie Muffins - Creative Juice

Thanksgiving Cookie Favors - Haniela's 

Colored Thanksgiving Popcorn Jar Favors - Play. Party. Pin.

Handmade Hostess Gift - Crissy's Crafts

Kid's Bread Basket Turkey - The Party Wall
Speaking of giving thanks, on this Veteran's Day I'd like to thank all of you who serve or have served to protect your fellow man and bring peace to our world. xo 


  1. What a clever idea, love that you used the circle cookie cutter to make the feather shape. Happy to be blog hopping with you!

    Britni @ Play. Party. Pin.

  2. Love this idea! Gorgeous cookies as always! :)