Making Memories Along with Thanksgiving Dinner

It's fall, y'all! And while that means it's time for sweaters and pumpkin everything, the fall season also provides opportunities for making memories with little ones in the family as you gather around to make crafts and goodies for the Thanksgiving table.

Following are a few ideas to get you started:

Acorn Face Napkin Rings

Acorn Face Napkin Rings

(courtesy of Real Simple) This idea is so simple and so cute! Give your Thanksgiving table some personality by drawing faces on acorns with paint pens and permanent markers. Then tie each end of a faux suede leather cord (or other string) around the acorn's stem. Thanks Centerpiece - Courtesy of Birds & Blooms

Thanks Centerpiece

(courtesy of Birds & Blooms) Another easy peasy idea — fill matching clear glass containers such as mason jars with colorful dried beans and grains to anchor candles for the table. Filler ideas include barley, red beans, black beans, lentils, split peas and popcorn. You can tie the rim with a complimentary ribbon and use stickers or chipboard letters to spell out "Thanks." If you're artistic, paint the letters yourself. Cut out a small circle of cardboard to cover the exposed food if you want to cook it later. What's great about this is it comes together quickly for little ones with short attention spans and there is plenty for them to do. Paper Fan Turkey

Paper Fan Turkey

(Courtesy of A Girl and A Glue Gun) This one takes a little more effort, but it's well worth it! You'll need at least three different colors of paper (maybe consider patterned craft paper for the feathers!), scissors, tape, glue and marker if you're drawing on eyes. Cut two long strips of each colored paper with each color shorter than the next for a staggered effect. Tape the strips together and start folding — you can glue the strips together before you start folding or have a more 3-D look by folding separately. Cut out the body of a turkey on a 4-inch strip of tail that you will end up gluing the folded strips onto to create the feathers. Cut out the beak and wattle (and eye if you're not drawing them on), glue them on and you're done! Apple Pie Bites

Apple Pie Bites

(Courtesy of The Blond Cook) Not only are these perfect for little hands to make, they are also perfectly portioned for a bite of something sweet after finishing off a plate heaped with turkey, dressing and all the Thanksgiving trimmings. Your guests will thank you and your young chef will be beaming with pride. Cherry Cheesecake Dip

Cherry Cheesecake Dip

(Courtesy of ihearteating.com) Also thinking micro desserts here, although this one is so good, you might find yourself dipping into this dip more than once… or twice… or three times — you get the idea. This is an ideal recipe for kiddos eager to use kitchen appliances — in this case either a hand or stand mixer. Seriously, all you do is mix up the cheesecake portion of the dip, top with cherries and refrigerate! Pumpkin Pie Rice Krispie Treats

Pumpkin Pie Rice Krispie Treats

(Courtesy of Cooking Classy) You might just want to make double the recipe on this one because everyone is going to want one! Think basic Rice Krispie Treats tinted with orange gel food coloring and shaped into balls. Pretzel rods make the stem and either green Airheads or green fondant can be used for a leaf and trailing vine. Kids will love shaping the balls (don't forget to spray their hands with non-stick cooking spray!) and you really can't go wrong on the size. If they end up on the smaller side, opt for pretzel sticks rather than rods for the stem.

2020 Goals: Making Memories in Woodridge Forest!

Whether you try one of the above crafts or treats, google your own or simply give your own creativity free rein, fall is the perfect time to do something special with the ones you love. What would make the season even more memorable is crafting and cooking in a new home. See what's available in Woodridge Forest today!