Thanksgiving Dinner with a Twist ~ A Fooling Sweet Spread!

Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!  I am over the moon excited to share with you my “fooling sweet spread” this Thanksgiving.  Inspired by the Turkey Ice Cream Cake from Baskin-Robbins, I decided to give my boys a real treat this year and “fool” them with a full on spread that was all things sweet disguised as traditional Thanksgiving dinner items.  

Baskin Robbins Turkey Cake

Baskin-Robbins Turkey Ice Cream Cake ~ For a Fooling Good Treat!

This was one of the most fun-filled Thanksgiving Day spreads I’ve ever attempted and one I KNOW my boys will always remember.  The table really revolves around Baskin-Robbins’  Turkey Cakewhich is the focal point, so be sure to order yours today.  

Baskin Robbins Turkey Cake Tablescape


I am thrilled to be able to show you my Thanksgiving Dinner with a Twist ~ A Fooling Sweet Spread Tablescape Challenge which is sponsored by Baskin-Robbins. All opinions and tips are my own, of course. You know I love to make every holiday easy and engaging.  {knuckle bumps}  

Thanksgiving is just around the corner!  

Turkey Ice Cream Cake

I always have a focal point to my tablescapes and this year my big focus was a Turkey Ice Cream Cake from Baskin-Robbins. The cake is “glazed” with Caramel Praline Topping and decorated with sugar cone “legs” and is the size of a real turkey!

You can order the cake online through Baskin-Robbins’ online cake ordering website! To find a participating location, you can use the “Find a Shop” feature on Enter your address or zip code and look for the “Order Online” icon next to the store location closest to you. Browse through Baskin-Robbins’ gallery of unique cakes, perfect for any occasion!

The Turkey Ice Cream Cake sits on a platter like a real turkey so it makes customizing sweet sides fun and easy.

Baskin Robbins Thanksgiving table with turkey cake

3 Tips for a Fooling Sweet Spread

Pulling off a “fooling sweet spread” is easier than you may think.  Keep in mind that it needs to be visually appealing, that the food needs to fool them, and that there needs to be a purpose.  If you can plan your party with these three thoughts in mind, you are well on your way to a Thanksgiving dinner with a twist your family will never forget!


Make It Visually Appealing

My number one, can’t-stress-it-enough tip is to make your tablescape look appealing.  You want to pick colors that are appropriate to the season and the occasion, making sure to only select two or three colors that are complimentary.  Throw in patterns when applicable that are on-trend and work with your theme.  Make sure everything on your table is crisp, fresh, and clean.  You want to make your guests WANT to be at your get-together, and the first way you can do that is to draw them in with visually appeal elements.

baskin robbins turkey cake

Fool Them with the Food

The whole point of a Thanksgiving with a twist that “fools” your guests is to trick your them into thinking the food is one thing when it’s actually something else.  In this case the whole spread is sweet when it actually looks savory.  Get creative making foolishly fun food that’s not what it appears.


Scroll down to find out how to win a $31 Baskin-Robbins gift card
at the end of this pictured tutorial.  {{knuckle bumps}}

Don’t Forget the Purpose

Every party or get-together has a purpose.  Don’t forget what the purpose is for your dinner/dessert party.  If your gathering is a way to make lasting memories for your family, I guarantee you’ve done it with this fooling sweet spread.  However, you also need to make sure that if you have long-established Thanksgiving traditions, you meet them.  Don’t over-throw or forget sentimental traditions because you have changed up the way you presented the food.


Here’s what you need to assemble a Thanksgiving Dinner with a Twist ~ A Fooling Sweet Spread Tablescape that will fool your family and friends in ways they won’t see coming!

Thanksgiving Tablescape


Items Needed:

  • 🧡   Baskin-Robbins Turkey Cake {The cake can be ordered online and is available for pick-up as soon as 24 hours after the order is placed.}
  • 🧡   Table Runner {since it’s Thanksgiving and traditionally a more formal holiday, I used burlap}
  • 🧡   Platter for the cake
  • 🧡   Cork place mats
  • 🧡   Plates {two different plates-this time I used ceramic, but you can use paper}
  • 🧡   Glasses
  • 🧡   Wheat stalks for place holders
  • 🧡   Real silverware
  • 🧡  Teal painted pumpkins
  • 🧡   Pumpkin Leaves Free Printable
  • 🧡   Turkey Leg Treats
  • 🧡   Peas and Carrots {green Sixlets or Skittles for the peas & orange Starbursts cut into quarters for carrots}
  • 🧡   Candy Corn on the Cob
  • 🧡   Cupcakes for Dinner

Baskin-Robbins Cake Giveaway

I’m so excited about the Turkey Cake from Baskin Robbins that I’ve arranged for FIVE lucky Tip Junkie readers to each receive a $31 Gift Card to Baskin-Robbins so that you can buy yourself an ice cream cake, too!  {{I’ve got your back}}

Baskin Robbins Turkey Cake giveaway

Click here to enter to win

Other Tablescape Ideas You’ll Love:

Disclosure: This Thanksgiving Tablescape Challenge was sponsored by Baskin-Robbins.   All opinions and tips are my own. {wink}

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  1. This is so adorable! I would love to have this on my table for Thanksgiving…

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