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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
  • Images: via Brides.com
  • Photography by: Miki Duisterhof
By |2018-02-12T09:35:11-07:00November 13th, 2008|Thanksgiving, Weddings|

About the Author:

Jennifer Sbranti is the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, a creative living and party planning resource established in 2006. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Sonny, and daughters Macy (8) and Rylie (6). Sbranti’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple, People, InStyle Weddings, and Extra! TV. She has designed creative content and unique live events for several well-respected brands, including Mattel, Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Toys”R”Us, Pottery Barn Kids, and Starbucks.


  1. Hillary November 13, 2008 at 9:56 am

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

  2. Sidney November 13, 2008 at 10:11 am

    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 November 13, 2008 at 11:24 am

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

  4. Lelia November 13, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    The diabetic in me is drooling over those caramel apples!

  5. Jess November 13, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    Tasty treats! Those caramel apples look especially amazing!

  6. Crea-T-V-T November 14, 2008 at 3:33 pm

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

  7. Melinda Ledbetter November 16, 2008 at 6:00 pm

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

  8. Madelyn @ Southern Weddings November 17, 2008 at 9:11 am

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

  9. Niki November 17, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    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 May 7, 2011 at 9:42 pm

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

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