One of the biggest holidays I remember growing up was Thanksgiving. For several years, we packed up the family and made the day-long drive to our extended family out in Ohio. I remember running around my aunt and uncle’s house with our three cousins (just like T, I also have a cousin who is about six months older than me. We spent a lot of family vacations getting in trouble together!).
The only time I ever remember having a kids table was at Thanksgiving. The five of us had our own little fold-up table either in the living room or family room, with regular old plates and plastic cups. Meanwhile the adults ate off of their china and drank wine from crystal glasses.
Back then, the idea of putting together something special for the children’s table was foreign. Now, there are dozens of ideas, including centerpieces, activities and even separate kid-friendly menus. I love that people are thinking about how to make the day special for kids as well as adults. Below are a few of my favorite ideas for putting together a kid-friendly Thanksgiving.
As always, Loralee at No Fuss Fabulous has some creative and fun ways to keep the kids active and involved. I love the idea of using the kids handprints as “tree” decorations, and as a way to get them thinking about how they are thankful. The acorn maze is also a great way to keep the kiddos busy during a long dinner.
This table setting from Fiscars has some adorable projects that might just make the adults want to sit at the kids table too!
This turkey trivia project from Martha Stewart is a great way to help educate as well as entertain the kids.
I’ve seen a lot of butcher paper linen ideas for kids tables lately. I really like this particular setting from La La Linen with the mini bunting place setting and wooden cutlery.