Fun and delicious Thanksgiving Food Ideas for a Preschool Party that both the children AND parents will LOVE. Post may contain affiliate links.
If you love the Fall season you will want to throw your kiddos a little Thanksgiving party! Our Thanksgiving Preschool Activity was so much fun to plan and decorate for. I loved all the delicious and festive Thanksgiving food ideas that I discovered and then created. So if you are in need of a little creative food inspiration for Thanksgiving, you are in the right spot!
-> I have another post that outlines all the activities and crafts that we made for the preschool activity that you can view over HERE.
The Harvest Decor
For the decor, besides purchasing the turkey plates and napkins, I just pulled harvest theme decorations from my fall holiday box. Used a roll of burlap for the table runner and tied several leaves to raffia which gave me the simple yet vibrant banner I was going for.
Chalkboards are awesome because they can be used over, and over, and over again as seen at our parties here, here, and here. Credit for this party’s chalkboard design idea comes from here (she gives away a free printable of the design as well!).
Thanksgiving Food Ideas
Apples, caramel, pumpkin–all delicious by the way–and anything that looked related to turkeys, harvest time, and the first Thanksgiving is what I was after. Our harvest menu also consisted of healthier snack food to fill their bellies. I didn’t want to go too crazy with the sweets seeing how my guests were preschoolers and loading the youngsters up with sugar and sending them back to their mothers didn’t seem like such a polite thing to do. 😉 The treats were strategically placed higher up on cake plate stands so it wasn’t as easy for little hands to reach without the help of their mothers.
Healthier Food Options
Popcorn corn on the cob! How cute are these! They are super easy and inexpensive (you probably have everything on hand) to put together and popcorn is always a kid pleaser. You can find the instructions here.
What says thanksgiving more than a cornucopia?!? And an eatable one at that?! To be honest, I was TERRIFIED of making this pastry creation. It looked rather daunting. Thankfully my wonderful husband took on the challenge of creating this masterpiece with help from this tutorial. It was so pretty! It was a definitely a festive way to display our fruit and veggies.
One of the mom’s attending is on a plant based diet so I wanted to provide a few healthy food options for her. My nutty coconut cookies balls quickly came to mind. These are a delicious healthy snack that will curb a sweet tooth and consist of only 4 ingredients! I tried to shape them into some form of nut… but that wasn’t working… at all. So I went for plan B and just served them in my leaf bowl which definitely helped their appearance.
A Few Sweet Things
The Caramel and apples needed to be combined somehow because those two things together have “Fall” written all over them. Sliced apples, honey crisp apples to be exact (which are the BEST apple EVER!), were served and I thought of the option of dipping the apples into caramel sauce but considering my audience was only a few feet height and prone to messes, I decided against it. This recipe for Caramel Apple Mini Cheesecakes with Streusel Topping was a perfect alternative! The name alone probably already has your mouth watering, right?!
My sister introduced this pumpkin cookie recipe to me many years ago and it has stayed my FAVORITE pumpkin cookie since. There is a reason that these cookies are called “White Chocolate Pumpkin Dream Cookies” because they really are THAT good. Even without the penuche frosting they are delicious, but why would you say no to frosting?! 😋 I bust this recipe out during the holidays and let me tell you, they are ALWAYS a crowd favorite!
The highlight of our Thanksgiving Food Table…
The turkey cheese ball! How perfect is he?! And fairly straight forward to put together. You could be all Betty Crocker like and make the cheese ball from scratch (tutorial here) but I opted on saving time and purchased an already made cheese ball from the grocery store. I embellished my turkey a little more by adding a snood (the red thing that hangs down) which was a piece of licorice -twizzlers to be exact- that I tore apart to make thinner. The idea came while I was gathering supplies for our turkey apple craft. I also added a pretzel on both sides of the turkey to act as his side feathers.
- stick pretzels (16 or so)
- 1 whopper (for the head)
- 1 candy corn (the beak)
- twizzler (for the snood)
- small beef stick (the neck)
- candy eyeballs (found in the baking section at the grocery store)
- pretzels (for wings)
- crackers (your favorites!)
- adhesive to stick everything together. I tried the whole melting chocolate thing which didin’t work very well for me. What worked best is I used the frosting from my white chocolate dream cookies (above) when it was still warm and it adhered PERFECTLY! The beak, eyes, snood, and head were not going anywhere! 🙂
It was hard to let him get devoured- he was the first thing the kids wanted to tear into for his “neck”, which is a mini beef stick.
The boys loved this turkey so much that we made another for Thanksgiving day that was devoured by our family. And the “neck” was again the first to go. 🙂 The turkey cheese ball and breaded cornucopia will definitely be making a visit to our Thanksgiving table each year!
What about you? What fun traditional food recipes do you make each year? Hopefully these Thanksgiving food ideas sparked a bit of creativity within you whether for a preschool party or your family’s annual Thanksgiving day feast!
An Added Bonus
And you know what was awesome?!? The next day I was in charge of decorating the food table at our Relief Society (church women’s group) activity. Easy-peasy! I gathered decor from our Thanksgiving party and simply rearranged the items on our brunch table. And everyone loved the Fall feel it set.
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