How to Make Fun, Eye-Healthy Turkey Place Cards

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In anticipation of this food-filled holiday and for those looking to spend quality time in the kitchen, there are a lot of ways to include even the smallest chefs into your cooking marathon. We found a recipe for turkey place cards, and put a little eye health twist on it. Follow along!


  • Pears, one pear per turkey, preferably with flatter bottoms so the turkey will sit upright.
    • The vitamins and nutrients in pears can help to prevent cataracts and reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration.
  • Red, green and yellow bell peppers cut into small squares.
    • Red and yellow bell peppers are rich in vitamins A, C, and enzymes that help to lower the risk of visual impairments like macular degeneration and cataracts. They also protect the human retina – the light-sensitive inner-wall of the eye – from oxidative damages.
  • Raisins
    • Raisins are rich in polyphenolic phytonutrients, antioxidants that help keep your eyesight strong.
  • A few baby carrots.
    • Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, a carotenoid pigment which is an essential precursor for vitamin A. Deficiencies in vitamin A are the leading causes of blindness in the developing world.
  • Toothpicks


  1. Cut the bell peppers into small square pieces, about the same size as the cherries. Assemble a whole bunch of ‘turkey feathers’ by arranging the bell pepper pieces onto toothpicks like mini-skewers.
  2. Stick the toothpicks into the pear, putting them relatively close to each other.
  3. Use a baby carrot to cut two wings and a triangle beak. Attach those elements with small broken toothpicks.
  4. Add the raisins by pocking the toothpicks through them and into the pear.
  5. Add a name card – You can cut out a small piece of paper almost the size of the bell pepper pieces, write a name and stick it with double sides tape to a toothpick. Place it under the turkey’s wing.
  6. Arrange it on the table near each plate or add to the table as a centerpiece. Add little carrot feet if you want. Make a cute sign that says, “Gobble me up!” or “A little pre-turkey snack!”

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