Darcy Miller, Darcy Miller Designs, Thanksgiving
Everyone’s favorite forest creature—the squirrel—is the perfect addition to an autumnal cocktail or mocktail for Thanksgiving. These squirrel straw toppers are also adorable decor for a woodland-themed baby shower, first birthday party, or any fall celebration. A squirrel, which hops around all autumn storing nuts for winter, is a fun fall symbol to top off a glass of apple cider or other drink, and an unexpected addition to your at-home bar.

But our squirrel straw toppers are cute critters to add to decorate with any time of year. And they go well with other drink garnishes, too, especially those in fall colors like orange or blood orange wedges.

To invite some sweet little squirrels over for drinks, just download our printable Squirrel Straw Topper template, print, and slip onto a paper straw. Write names on the squirrels and they also double as drink charms to make sure no one mixes up their glasses. Or, send a bottle of sparkling cider to someone you wish you were spending Thanksgiving with, and email the link to our squirrel template, and you can toast each other (and your sweet straw topping squirrels) over zoom.

But these adorable squirrels aren’t just fun straw toppers! You could cut off the straw tabs and tape our fluffy-tailed friends to toothpicks or skewers to use as cupcake or cake toppers, tape them around the base of a cake stand (they’re especially at home around a Black Forest Cake) or scatter them across the table like confetti. However you choose to use them, we’re sure that once your friends see them, they will go nuts!

What You’ll Need:

  • Squirrel Straw Topper Template
  • White paper or card stock
  • Scissors
  • Hole Punch
  • Paper straws (Gold or craft paper goes well with the squirrels’ fall color palette)


Step 1 Download the Squirrel Straw Topper Template, print, and cut out.

Step 2 Punch holes above and below the squirrel.

Step 3 Slide topper onto straw, place the squirrel straw in your drink, and get a little nutty!