Kids Only: Thanksgiving Table
Home Ideas Magazine - November 2011
Everyone always looks forward to Thanksgiving. However, sitting through a drawn out meal with lengthy adult dinner conversations can be a challenge for kids. Creating a festive “Kids Table” can make the little ones feel special and serve as a snack and activity center to keep them occupied.
A quick run to the craft store for inexpensive supplies along with a few items from around the house and you’ll have everything you need to create this whimsical holiday centerpiece.
Start with finding 10 sticks approximately 14-16” long. Paint the sticks and clothes pins different colors and let dry. Next, cut 6” squares from the craft paper and 5” squares from the roll of brown paper. I chose fun and lively craft paper prints as I found most of the Thanksgiving themed paper to be dark and boring for kids. Mount the brown paper squares on top of the 6” squares. Glue a second 6” square to the back so it looks finished on both sides. Next, glue the chip board letters in the center of each brown square and let dry.
Fill tall glasses or mason jars with soup beans, tie a raffia bow around it and line down the center of your dining table. Anchor each stick in a glass of beans and use the painted clothes pins to clip your letters to the sticks. When finished with dinner use as a display on a buffet or picture window.
I took an idea from restaurants and rolled out brown paper as my table cloth and set out more bright craft paper as place mats with crayons. Coloring books with a Thanksgiving theme or other activity books can be placed on the table as well.
One tradition that brings us back to what this holiday is all about is “I’m thankful for...” cards. Simply cut 3’ x 6” strips of craft paper, fold in half and add a sticker to the front. I like to write something personal for each individual child. The cards make everyone feel special and help the kids think of things they are thankful for. Write the child’s name above each place setting on the paper table cloth and have them draw or write things they are grateful for around it. This is something memorable that can be easily stored and kept for years down the road for reminiscing.
If your holidays run anything like mine, dinner isn’t always on time or is later in the afternoon. I created a snack holder with 6 x 8” pieces of craft paper shaped as cornucopias. These go together quickly and add another splash of color to the table.
Use brightly colored paper or plastic plates, glasses and silver wear to finish the table.
If you are a crafty soul, there are many fun activities, Thanksgiving crafts and printable decor to add to this idea. Make it your own and have fun watching the kids enjoy their specially decorated table. Hopefully it will ensure an enjoyable gathering for everyone!