Nov 102015
 
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I think growing up, it’s pretty much a universal thing that kids can’t wait to graduate from the kids table to the adults table.  It’s sort of a rite of passage.  And I was definitely excited to make the move, myself, though I will be honest and say I’ll always be a little nostalgic for the seat I left behind.

How to create the Ultimate Kids Thanksgiving Table! A fun tablecloth they can color on, lots of crayons, some cute decor, and fun activities will keep them entertained throughout your whole Thanksgiving dinner.

The kids Thanksgiving table was always the place for fun.  While the grownups were using the plates I was always scared to break, at the kids table we had paper or plastic everything.  The grownups had the fancy pearl onions and creamed this or that, while the kids table had the Jell-O and chocolate pudding.  Who wouldn’t want to be at the kids Thanksgiving table?

While I was shopping at Big Lots over the weekend I came across a really fun Thanksgiving tablecloth.  It’s printed with tic tac toe games, turkeys that can be colored, and other cute stuff.  It inspired me to try and create the Ultimate Kids Thanksgiving Table for Bubbles, her cousin Issac and any other kiddos that will be at Thanksgiving this year.

How to create the Ultimate Kids Thanksgiving Table! A fun tablecloth they can color on, lots of crayons, some cute decor, and fun activities will keep them entertained throughout your whole Thanksgiving dinner.

First, I picked up the following supplies from Big Lots:

  • Kids Thanksgiving-print tablecloth
  • Kids-print Thanksgiving napkins and paper plates
  • Table decor (like the adorable stuffed fox I found in the seasonal section)
  • Crayons
  • Activities for the kids (like Play-Doh, sticker books, etc.)
  • Fall window clings to decorate the space

Silverware seems to be one thing I always run short on by the end of family gatherings, and I didn’t want that to be the case this Thanksgiving.  Big Lots had some really nice sets, so I picked up a couple that  can go on the kids Thanksgiving table, the adults table, or be split between the two.

I placed the stuffed fox on the table as the kids Thanksgiving table centerpiece.  It only cost a few dollars so if it gets a few grubby hand prints or food drips on it, it won’t be a huge deal.  But look at that face, how could I not get him?  Fashionable and affordable is hard to beat.

Hand print turkey-printed paper plates and napkins for the kids Thanksgiving table

I set the table with these cute hand print Turkey paper plates and napkins.  Maybe they’ll inspire the kiddos to do some art of their own on the tablecloth.

Write conversation starters on the kids Thanksgiving table and encourage them to write their answers

Speaking of which, if the kids are old enough to read, you can use a crayon and write their name above their plate so they know where to sit.  And if they’re old enough to write, you can add some conversation starters, like “I am thankful for…” and encourage the kids to answer them.

I had Bubbles help me decorate the windows with the fall-themed window clings we found.  She loves the peel and stick gel clings and they had owls, leaves, sunflowers and pumpkins, too.

Lots of beautiful and affordable fall and Thanksgiving decorations and supplies available at Big Lots.

I’m really looking forward to surprising the kiddos with a fun kids Thanksgiving table this year, and I was pleased to find so much of what I needed at Big Lots.  Their seasonal section is always packed so full of adorable items and the value of what you get for what you spend is really great.

What would you add to the kids Thanksgiving table?

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About Liza

Liza is a mom (5-year-old daughter, 20-year-old stepson, and 24-year-old stepdaughter) and wife living in Louisville. She loves spending time with her family, visiting the local zoo and parks, as well as planning travel adventures. Cooking and baking, DIY projects and crafts, and coffee - lots and lots of coffee - round out some of her other hobbies.

  5 Responses to “How to Create the Ultimate Kids Thanksgiving Table”

  1. What a fun idea! I can’t think of anything else to add to the kid’s table, I think any kid would be happy with that, a fat slice of turkey, and a chocolate pudding pie. :) #client

  2. Those are such great ideas for a kids Thanksgiving Table. My little ones would love this. So cute!

  3. I love this idea! A great way to keep the kids busy on Thanksgiving. Keep those little hands busy! Visiting from the Simple Saturdays Blog Hop…

  4. I love this! Thank for sharing, pinning for later!

  5. Fun ideas for Thanksgiving. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Shared

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