Our family is in the process of relocating to Central Florida, just about 20-30 minutes away from Walt Disney World. In fact, we’re set to close on our new house the week before Thanksgiving! My sweet cousin has generously invited us to her home to celebrate together, and I plan to bring some Disney-inspired goodness to the table.
I’m going to get my family going Thanksgiving morning with Cinderella’s Dream Pumpkin Waffles.
Then, we’re going to pack up the following supplies and head across town. Here’s what we’re taking with us:
- 6 Disney Thanksgiving activity placemats for the kids (printed off FREE downloads)
- 1 Turkey breadbasket filled with pumpkin Mickey rolls (the Disney-inspired goodness—see tutorial and recipe below)
- And 1 Mickey/Minnie checkerboard (printed off FREE download)
To make the turkey breadbasket, simply choose your favorite basket, and gather the supplies. Craft idea and instructions come from Disney’s Spoonful.com.
You will need:
- 1 large wooden spoon
- 1 pair of googly eyes
- Construction paper in a variety of fall colors
- Flat wooden craft spoon
- Red marker
- Colorful printed wrapping paper or pages from old magazines
- Waxed paper
- Thin wooden skewers
- Basket to serve as the turkey’s body (it should be large enough to fit a loaf of bread or dinner rolls)
- Styrofoam block large enough to wedge into the basket
- Cloth dinner napkin or kitchen towel
What to do (Instructions verbatim from Spoonful.com):
- To create the turkey’s head, turn the large wooden spoon so that the back of the bowl becomes the face. Use tacky glue to stick on the googly eyes. Then cut out a yellow construction paper beak and glue it in place.
- For the turkey’s wattle, use the marker to color the flat wooden craft spoon red. Glue the wattle onto the face at an angle so that the top slightly overlaps the beak. You can use a pinch-style clothespin to hold the pieces in place until the glue dries. *NOTE: I do not have a small wooden craft spoon, so I plan to cut this out of red construction paper.
- From the construction paper, help your kids cut out lots of colored feathers that measure about 10 inches long and 1 3/4 inches across at the widest point. Cut out the same number of feathers from the wrapping paper or magazine pages, then trim them so that they are slightly smaller than the solid-colored ones.
- Cover a flat work surface with waxed paper (this makes for easier cleanup after applying glue), and you’re ready to assemble the feathers. For each one, place a construction paper cutout on the waxed paper and set a wooden skewer atop it so that the blunt end is just below the top of the paper and the pointed end extends about 3 inches below it.
- Next, use a glue stick to coat the underside of a printed feather. Then press it, glued side down, onto the construction paper feather, sandwiching the skewer between the 2 layers.
- Wedge the foam block into the basket (trim it first if necessary). Push the spoon handle into one end of the block deep enough to secure it. Stick the feathers into the opposite end. Cover the block with the cloth napkin, and the turkey basket is ready to fill with bread.
I have the supplies, but I haven’t made my turkey yet, because I don’t want to crush him in the move. I will be sure to share pics later, though!
Now for the Mickey pumpkin rolls. I purchased two packages of Pillsbury ready-to-bake cinnamon rolls. I then separated them and arranged them in 3-circle Mickey shapes on a stoneware baking sheet, being sure to pinch the “ears” onto the “head” portion so they stuck together well while they baked. I baked the Mickey rolls according to package directions and let them cool about 3 minutes on the stone. Next, I combined about 3 Tablesppons of pumpkin butter with the icing that came with the rolls and slathered that on top. Then I sprinkled them with a little cinnamon and nutmeg. Yum!
I can’t wait for Thanksgiving to arrive! I’ve never gotten to share the day with my cousin, so this will be a very special time! What are your plans?
Choose from some of the suggestions below to kick your holiday up a Disney notch!
- Disney Thanksgiving Planner
- Corn husk dolls
- Fresh fruit turkey (I may try this one too!)
- Fall tableware napkin rings
- Pumpkin garland (I’d add Mickey ears to them!)
- Butternut Pilgrim Pluto
Have a very Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
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