Painted Feather Cake

Feathers are such a fun way to make anything seem crafty and homespun. In a season when there is way too much cooking and prepping to be done – a simple solution like surrounding a cake with pretty painted feathers makes for an awesome party statement that takes very little effort to create. A stellar solution for adorning your Thanksgiving dessert table in a festive party style.

pretty painted feathers

Painted feather garland

To get this look – start by painting your feathers. Faux feathers can be found at craft stores this time of year, and they present a much safer option than real feathers! Paint a variation of bright bold colors, textures, stripes, even polka dots (my favorite!) to give the feathers a festive dose of color. Hang to dry.

Painted feather garland

Painted feather lined cake (click through for the tutorial).

Painted feather lined cake

Painted feather lined cake

Use a basic cake recipe (here is my favorite party cake for fall) or purchase a cake pre-made. Top the white frosting with dashes of cinnamon to add texture and some spicy fall flavor to the cake.

Starting at one side of the cake begin gently placing the feathers around the cake. Cut some of the feathers down to add variation to the sizing, giving the design a more whimsical look. There is no real science to this, just layer the feathers around the cake and gently push into the frosting to secure.

Painted faux feathers for pretty fall decor

Painted feather garland

String up any extra feathers to create a fall worthy party garland that will transform any wall into a beautiful backdrop for feasting.

Painted feather lined cake

Now with a gorgeous dessert checked off the list, who wants to bring the potatoes?:)

More Thanksgiving party ideas right here.

(Photography by Erin Holland for A Subtle Revelry).