Thanksgiving is a day for friends, family, and food.. but mostly lots and lots of food. Between planning the perfect menu, preparing as much of the feast as you possibly can in advance, and finding an outfit that can endure a day full of cooking while making you look good, Thanksgiving hosts have their hands full.
So why not hit two birds with one stone by choosing an edible centerpiece for Thanksgiving that doubles as an appetizer or dessert? It’s brilliant, really, because your guests can snack while chatting around your beautifully decorated Thanksgiving table while you’re tying up loose ends in the kitchen. Win-win!
Sure, floral arrangements are pretty, but they’re quite expensive and impractical considering you’re going to look at them for an afternoon or two at most before they end up in the garbage can. Embrace functionality with table decor that’ll be eaten instead of tossed out. Make the most of your Thanksgiving table with edible decorations that are gorgeous and waste-free, too!
Picking out the perfect Thanksgiving decor can be a daunting task, but these edible table decorations will make this year’s feast one your guests will always remember.
Fruit Turkey Centerpiece
1. Fruit Turkey Centerpiece
Unlike the other colorful Thanksgiving turkeys listed here, this one is not only festive, it's also healthy! Made to look like a plump turkey, 1-800-Flowers’ edible centerpiece includes crisp apples, strawberries, melons, oranges, and grapes to create the turkey shape. Adding colorful centerpieces like this to your Thanksgiving table will brighten up the dining room, and it’ll also boost your guests’ health. On top of all the good-for-you vitamins and antioxidants, fruit helps reduce stroke risk and other heart conditions, according to the American Heart Association.
Get 1-800-Flowers' “It’s Turkey Time” Thanksgiving centerpiece for $69.99.
Chocolate Turkey Thanksgiving Centerpiece
2. Chocolate Turkey Centerpiece
Made of velvety smooth milk chocolate, this handsome three-pound, nine-inch tall chocolate turkey is a fun conversation starter that’s sure to get your guests’ attention. Bissinger’s semi-solid, hand-painted chocolate turkey table decoration is a centerpiece your friends and family will never forget. Bonus feature: You won’t have to worry about baking anything this year because the turkey centerpiece comes ready to eat!
Get Bissinger’s handcrafted Chocolate Turkey Centerpiece for $75.
Turkey Caramel Apple Centerpiece
3. Centerpieces With Apples
These delicious caramel apples come topped with adorable little stuffed animal turkeys. According to Mrs. Prindables, the duo can generously serve up to 20 people. The triple chocolate apple and milk chocolate walnut pecan apple are made with the company's signature jumbo apples, which must really live up to the name if they're able to feed so many people between just the two of them!
Get Thankful Turkeys Jumbo Caramel Apple 2-Pack for $59.99.
4. Turkey Cake
If you're looking for even more decadent dessert centerpieces, Baskin-Robbins is offering ice cream lovers a new way to eat turkey this Thanksgiving with its Turkey Cake and Turkey Leg novelty cakes. Of course, you won't be able to leave this centerpiece out for the entire dinner because it will melt, but it'll be a great conversation starter once you're ready to serve dessert!
Get Baskin-Robbins' Turkey Cake for $32.99.
5. Edible Cornucopia
Your guests will think you spent hours crafting this impressive "horn of plenty," but it's actually super-easy to put together thanks to pre-made pizza dough from the grocery store. Just make sure you have plenty of aluminum foil to help create the cornucopia's shape. You can stuff it with decorative flowers, like in the photo shown above, or double-up on carb-y goodness by serving your dinner rolls from the doughy cornucopia. Whatever way you go, this edible Thanksgiving centerpiece will totally blow your friends and family away.
Get the full instructions for making the Edible Cornucopia over on the Chopping Block.