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kids thanksgiving table

If you’re hosting pint-sized guests for Thanksgiving this year, here’s some fun inspiration for you from Paula of Frog Prince Paperie! In addition to making the kids Thanksgiving table extra special with things like DIY fabric flowers and decorations that they can help create, Paula also has some fun Kids Thanksgiving Crafts in her “busy boxes” to help keep the little ones entertained at the table. Added bonus: more time for the adults to eat & chat in peace! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for….

  • “Give Thanks” pie bar with pint-sized pumpkin pies for the kids!
  • Billy balls & gerbera daisies in mason jar “vases” embellished with pretty fabric flowers
  • Turkey themed utensil pouches & simple ribbon napkin wraps
  • “Busy Boxes” with crayons, playdough, and a “We Are So Thankful” turkey craft

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PARTY DETAILS, as told by Paula

Around November, visions of turkey, pumpkin pie and andoille sausage stuffing start dancing through my head. The whole month, we start look forward to the time spent around the dinner table with those we love. And nothing says love in my family like good food – unless it’s a beautifully set table.

In years past, I’ve made a “kids’ table” for the children to sit at apart from the adults; banishing the kids to their own space works out well when there’s a big crowd gathering to eat. This year for a million reasons, it will be just my nuclear family for dinner. I imagine that we aren’t the only ones not seating for twenty, so I created some inspiration for those wanting a kid-friendly table that appeals to adults as well.

Don’t worry about elegance when setting a table for kids. If you have them and have eaten with them, you already know it doesn’t work. We went with bright and bold colors layered with lots of texture to make a table that feels warm and inviting. Colored mason jars with trendy billy buttons and a runner made from a length of fabric were the center of attention (and easy!).

Each place at the table was set with a fun plate topped with an orange napkin. The napkin was wrapped in burlap ribbon for texture and a thin orange satin ribbon for contrast. Our “We are so thankful” printables were a great accent. Silverware in turkey branded holders were a fun and colorful addition. Finishing the place settings were the busy boxes for the kids to play with and place cards. The place cards are a must have for kid tables – they love seeing their names and it an easy thing to do to make them feel extra special.

Occupied kids are happy kids. Once dinner is done, let them reach for a “busy box” at their place setting. We filled ours with crayons, playdough, and a Thanksgiving thankful turkey craft. It’s just enough to give them something to do while finishing dinner as a family. Something new we tried this year (since my oldest can now read) were conversation starters. There were giggles all around at the table, so we’ve declared them a hit!

Pie is the star of the show on Thanksgiving! All the other fussy desserts are not needed on turkey day, so the hostess can breathe a sigh of relief that setting up an attractive table is a snap! A few nice florals and some cake stands to rest your pies on are all you need. Don’t forget pint-sized pies for the kids. They’ll love you for it.

We know we thought this party was great….but Paula was also thankful to be featured in the Winter 2012 edition of Festivities Magazine with this kid-friendly dinner party!

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