Okay, so Thanksgiving is in 2 days. I had great plans to put together a kids Thanksgiving table taking bits and pieces from all the wonderful ideas out there, photograph the table and post it, but that hasn’t happened 🙁 So instead, I’m just going to show you pictures of the fabulous ideas so that you have time to incorporate some of them into your Thanksgiving feast.
We’re having Thanksgiving dinner with my husband’s family this year, and we do have a separate table for the kids. I WILL put the table together at the last minute and show you pictures later, how’s that??!!
First I’ll start with a piece of burlap I have, that I bought months ago, with the intention of making a fall wreath with it. I think it’s a little late for the wreath, so I’ll use it for the tablecloth instead 😉
I love the idea of the Give Thanks tree in the middle. I have some white twigs that I collected in the Spring and painted, so I will place those in a large glass vase filled with beans to hold them in place. Then cut out leaf shapes, punch a hole in them and tie with ribbon. I’ll place 5 or 6 at each kids’ placesetting, have them write down what they’re thankful for and then hang on the tree for the centerpiece. It would be fun to keep the leaves and pull them out next year to see how things change.
I found these cute, free, printable placemats on Anders Ruff. They shared a fun idea for using the placemats as memorable keepsakes. You can have your kids write/draw/color what they’re thankful for and then laminate them to use as placemats and give them as keepsakes to grandparents. Or, you can just use them as coloring pages.
For each place setting, I’m going to use a large brown and a small orange square paper plate that I found at Walmart in the dollar section.
And I love these wooden utensils from Shop Sweet Lulu that I have left over from my little girl’s birthday party.
I think I’ll tie a yellow napkin and utensils together with a ribbon or twine and attach one of these cute, free tags from The TomKat studio.
A simple orange paper cup and matching stripey straw will work just great. You could even add a white sail made out of cardstock to dress it up a little bit. The picture below is from Fiskars where they have some other cute kids Thanksgiving ideas.
I love the idea of name cards for the kids especially, because I know they’ll enjoy looking for their name to find their own special seat at the table. These felt Mayflower ships from Pottery Barn are perfect and they can even hold some little snacks to tie the little ones over until dinner’s ready.
Sarah from Sheek Shindigs shows you how to make your own!
I want to make these fun turkeys from scrapbooks etc. to hold the crayons the kids will be using to draw on their placemats or other fun Thanksgiving pages.
But these pilgrim hats from Parents will take a little less time to make, so I’ll probably make these and place the crayons in them instead of veggies 😉
My kids don’t like pie, so I’m totally making these DARLING turkey cupcakes created by Stefanie of Anna and Blue Paperie. I LOVE them!
Stefanie created THE CUTEST kids table…for all the details check out here blog post HERE.
Another idea of Stefanie’s that I love is the menu checklist. It’s perfect for the kids because they’re usually a little picky, so it’s an easy way to know exactly what they want on their plate. This menu checklist and all of the other fun printables to go along with this collection are available in Stefanie’s Etsy shop here.
Here’s another cute Thanksgiving activity page from Family Fun to keep the kids busy while the last minute dinner preparations are underway.
And for after dinner, I just found this cute Thanksgiving Bingo game from The Crafting Chicks to play with the kids after dinner’s over while the men are watching the football game.
I hope you guys use some of these fun ideas to make your kids table a little more fun this year…I know I AM!!