Thanksgiving is around the corner, and though I really wanted to style a full-on table for you this year, I've been up to my eyebrows in crafts for the Paris trip this week.
So I got some of my fave party gals to help me come up with some cool ideas on how to use our FREE Thanksgiving printables (limited time only!) in recipes, table styling and party favors. We're all posting today, and you'll find the links to the awesome tutorials on the bottom of the post.
This Salted Caramel Apple gift idea is fun, delicious and super quick to make. Not to mention inexpensive, and the perfect favors for your guests, teachers, neighbors or keep all to yourself (great treat for a rainy day!).
I used the printables from our FREEBIES to embellish a brown paper bag that I used as packaging for my apple and caramel. Recipe below (but if you're really pushed for time or just can't be bothered making your own, then jazz up store-bought caramel with a sprinkling of Moldon salt or Fleur de Sel)
Salted Caramel Recipe
* 5 tablespoons best-quality unsalted butter
* ¼ cup soft light brown sugar
* ¼ cup superfine sugar
* 3 tablespoons golden syrup or corn syrup (maple syrup works well too)
* ½ cup heavy cream
* 1 teaspoon fleur de sel ( do not use table salt)
Melt butter, sugars and syrup and butter in a small heavy based pan and let simmer for 3 minutes, swirling every now and again.
Add cream and half a teaspoon of fleur de sel salt and swirl again, give a stir with a wooden spoon and taste – go cautiously so that you don’t burn your tongue – to see if you want more salt before letting it cook for another minute on the stove, then pour into sterilized mini pots and seal. To sterilize the pots, (carefully) pour boiling water into each clean pot.
Best eaten within a week, and keeps well in the fridge.
DIY Pretty Packaging For Your Party Favors
You could of course just wrap the whole thing in clear wrap, but where's the fun in that?! Plus, I think making a little effort in the packaging is also a sign that you care and helps elevate this humble gift! ;)
* An apple
* Mini jam pots with lid filled with caramel sauce (recipe above)
Cut a strip out of red card-stock and wrap on the front of your bag. Punch our a circle from the orange card and glue tot he front, along with a round tag.
Make a small hole on the rectangular tags and insert an eyelet (optional). thread a piece of twine through the tags and tie onto the bag.
Insert a wooden skewer into the apple, and slot a straw over the skewer and slightly push it into the apple. Tie a piece of ribbon to the straw. The straw is not compulsory and mainly there as decorative accent ;)
Place apple and caramel jar into the bag and make someone's day!
Thanksgiving Party Recipes & DIY Crafts
Now go hop on over to see all the fabulous tutorial in the blogs below, and get some creative ideas on using your FREE Thanksgiving Printables! :)
Cristina Riches aka Bird, is the founder of BirdsParty.com. She's also a creative mom of two, published author, graphic designer, magazine editor and unconditional party lover. Her party ideas have been featured on numerous publications such as Forbes.com, CNN Entertainment, Parenting Magazine and MarthaStewart.com; and she's a regular party contributor to PBS Parents, Yum Food for Kids Magazine, Créative Magazine and HGTV.