Easy Thanksgiving Entertaining with Fall Recipes + Free Printables

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Easy Thanksgiving Entertaining with Fall Recipes + Free Printables | Hello Little Home #Feast4AllI am all about easy Thanksgiving entertaining, and this year my theme is “Be Thankful.” Since my family lives out of state, I usually spend Thanksgiving with friends. I’ve put together some delicious fall recipes and free printables for a casual get together with my friends, and I can’t wait to celebrate!

I had so much fun pulling my “Be Thankful” theme together! One of the things I love about living in New York is having so many great friends nearby. I still don’t see them nearly enough though.

This is the perfect time of year to gather friends together, and I love coming up with new recipes to go along with my family favorites. For my party, I created some delicious fall recipes with one of my favorite brands, Nestle.

I have fond memories of baking chocolate chips cookies (we always used the recipe right on the Nestle bag) and other treats with my mom. One of our favorite holiday treats are Mini Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cupcakes. I looked forward to eating them every year!

To go with the mini cupcakes, I created a new recipe, Spicy Pumpkin Steamers. Have you ever had a steamer? It’s kind of like hot chocolate, except without the chocolate. My spicy pumpkin version is rich, creamy, and the perfect holiday treat.

Easy Thanksgiving Entertaining with Fall Recipes + Free Printables | Hello Little Home #Feast4AllI found everything I needed for my fall recipes – Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chips and Nestle Carnation Evaporated Milk – in the baking aisle at Walmart.

Easy Thanksgiving Entertaining: Walmart | Hello Little Home #Feast4AllThe Spicy Pumpkin Steamers are definitely a new favorite of mine. It’s like having all the flavors of fall in one hot drink. Major yum!

Easy Thanksgiving Entertaining: Spicy Pumpkin Steamer | Hello Little Home #Feast4All

Mini Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cupcakes + Spicy Pumpkin Steamer

Yield: About 100 Mini Cupcakes + 6 Spicy Pumpkin Steamers

Mini Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cupcakes + Spicy Pumpkin Steamer


    For Mini Cupcakes:
  • 1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1 (12-oz.) package Nestle Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Mini cupcake liners
  • Ground nuts, optional

  • For Spicy Pumpkin Steamer:
  • 4 (12-oz.) cans Nestle Carnation Evaporated Milk
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon, plus additional for sprinkling
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/8 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/8 cup powdered sugar


    Prepare Mini Cupcakes:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix cream cheese, egg, 1/3 cup sugar, and 1/8 tsp. salt with a hand or stand mixer until smooth.
  3. Stir in chocolate chips and set aside.
  4. Whisk together flour, 1 cup sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and 1/2 tsp. salt.
  5. Add water, oil, and vanilla to flour mixture, and stir until combined.
  6. Line miniature cupcake pan with liners.
  7. Fill each cup 1/3 full with chocolate mixture and then top with 1 tsp. of the cheesecake.
  8. Sprinkle with ground nuts, if desired.
  9. Bake for 15 - 20 minutes, or just until set (do not overbake).
  10. Cool on a wire rack before serving.
  11. Prepare Steamer:
  12. Place evaporated milk, pumpkin, vanilla, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg in a medium heavy-bottom saucepan. Whisk together until combined.
  13. Warm over medium low heat, stirring frequently, until steaming hot.
  14. Meanwhile, combine heavy cream and powdered sugar in a medium bowl.
  15. Whisk until soft peaks form.
  16. To serve, fill glasses or mugs with pumpkin mixture, then top with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Enjoy!


The paper liners tend to stick to the cupcakes when they are removed from the oven. If you prepare the cupcakes ahead of time (half a day or the day before) and store them covered, the liners will remove easily when it's time to serve the cupcakes.


Watch me put on the finishing touches!

The “Be Thankful” printables pull the whole party together. Everything I created works for a party before or after Thanksgiving, and of course on turkey day itself.

The drink flags add a festive touch to the Spicy Pumpkin Steamers. Pass around the “I’m thankful for … ” cards to get the conversation going.

Easy Thanksgiving Entertaining: Spicy Pumpkin Steamer + Free Printables | Hello Little Home #Feast4AllThe “Be Thankful” tags fit 3 x 4-inch treat bags, but they could also be used for place settings.

Easy Thanksgiving Entertaining with Free Printables | Hello Little Home #Feast4AllThere’s also a fun mini bunting – use it to embellish a chalkboard or fall picture – and leaf toppers for the Mini Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cupcakes.

Easy Thanksgiving Entertaining with Fall Recipes + Free Printables | Hello Little Home #Feast4All #adThe printables are very easy to put together:

  • Mini bunting: cut out pieces and tape to a piece of string.
  • Tags/place setting cards: cut out and fold in half. For treat bags, fold tags over open bags and staple closed.
  • Drink flags: cut out flags, fold in half, and attach to straw or stick with double-sided tape.
  • Thankful cards: cut out cards just inside the black lines.
  • Treat toppers: cut out two circles (or use a hole punch if you have one big enough) for each topper. Stick tags to toothpicks using double-sided tape.

Click the images below to access the free printable PDFs:

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Note: For best results, print the PDFs on letter-size card stock. When your printer dialog box opens, make sure that the box under “Paper Size & Handling” is marked “Actual Size” (not “shrink oversized pages” or “fit to page”). That way your printer won’t shrink the image size.

For more fall recipes, visit the Fall Flavors Pinterest board:

How are you celebrating Thanksgiving this year?

I’m linking up with these link parties, as well as Be.You.Tiful, Flaunt It Friday, Create & Share, Wine’d Down Wednesday, Tweak It Tuesday, Inspire Me Tuesday, The Scoop, Tutorials & Tips, Much Ado About Monday, Frugal Friday, I Heart Naptime, Eat.Create.Party!, Creative Inspirations, Fridays Unfolded, Say G’Day, Saturday Sparks, Pin It Thursday, and Lou Lou Girls.

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How do you even choose where to begin?!?! So many delicious Thanksgiving recipes 🙂 I love the embellished bunt cakes!

those decorative flags for the drinks an muffins are too cute!! That drink looks so yummy

Cha Cha The Fashion Genius

I can not wait to try this drink, It looks like something that you would get at Starbucks! I would love it if you would share a post on my Meet Up Monday Blog Party!
Jenny Marie

Linda and Alex @ Veganosity

This drink sounds delicious. I’m going to have to try it with almond or coconut milk though. I hope it works out. LOVE the decorations!

This is such a nice party you have designed. I just love the “Be Thankful” theme! Everything coordinates perfectly! I would love if you would share this at my blog party, Celebrate It! The party is all about celebrating our wonderful everyday life!

Hello cute lady! I love everything. Pinned and tweeted.I picked this as her favorite post and we will be featuring it at our party tonight at 7 pm. Woo Hoo! I hope to see you there.
Happy Monday~ Lou Lou Girls

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