Today's post is by Debbie Bennett of Table Tops for Tots. I know many of you will have "kids tables" for the holidays, and Debbie shared some of her favorite tips! You can follow Debbie on Twitter @TableTopsForTot
Thanksgiving is a fabulous holiday full of food, floats and football...but it can be a L.O.N.G. day, especially for little ones! Granted, the kiddos can be entertained for an hour or two watching parades on television, but depending on the time of day your family sits down for the "big feast," how much they enjoy football (or helping out in the kitchen), and their age, you might be hard-pressed to keep them occupied instead of underfoot until dinner is served.
This is where a classic Thanksgiving day "staple" can come in handy to save the day. This staple is not something found in your pantry...it's the traditional Thanksgiving Kids Table! But don't think of the table you may have been relegated to sitting at as a child. Nowadays, the "kids table" can be fancy, fun and cause for celebration in and of itself!
Below are just a few ideas and sources for making a "kids table" part of your yearly Thanksgiving tradition:
1. Use kraft paper to make a kid-friendly and easy-to-clean crafting/dining area for kids. It's also easy to make "fancy adult napkins" for the youngsters by cutting squares from a yard or so of an inexpensive coordinating fabric.
2. Craft pom-poms, self adhesive google eyes, and construction paper "beaks" placed in easy to see containers, make creating a pine-cone turkey easy as pumpkin pie!
3. Crayons and kraft paper go hand-in-hand. Let your little ones color on the table (!) to their hearts' content.
4. Harvest-themed Rainbow Crayons from Art2TheExtreme along with a mini "Charlie Brown Thanksgiving-inspired" popcorn snack at every place setting will keep kids entertained and sustained until dinner time.
5. Add some Thanksgiving flair to clear plastic tumblers with ribbon and printables from Frog Prince Paperie's Thanksgiving Kids' Printable Party Pack.
6. We used inexpensive cream-colored fabric placemats stitched together to cover a few Table Tops For Tots kids chairs. You can wrap a bit of coordinating ribbon around each chair to add a festive touch.
Tip: we purchased a spool of 3" florist ribbon. At $2.99 for 6 yards of ribbon, it was less expensive than the standard 3" ribbon found in the fabric section of the same craft store, and just as pretty!
7. Gather pine cones so your little guests can create their own pine cone turkeys! They can then write their many blessings on strips of paper, which make up the turkey's feathers.
8. Alternatively, write blessings on construction paper leaves for the Thanksgiving "Tree of Thanks" below. It was created from the template found in Frog Prince Paperie's wonderful Thanksgiving Kids' Printable Party Pack.