That’s Crafty! Reinventing the Thanksgiving Kids’ Table

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Ah, the kids table. I remember sitting at it like it was yesterday. Okay, it wasn’t yesterday, but last Thanksgiving I did enjoy a slice of pumpkin pie with the 12 and under crowd at their table. As I sat there, I thought how great it was to see a holiday through the eyes of a child – everything is new and exciting.

Here’s a few ways to dress your holiday kids’ table to match that amazement and overall love of turkey day togetherness:

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Eco Friendly Friends

A kid’s table doesn’t have to be fancy to be fun. Here, a simple roll of recycled brown paper is used as a tablecloth. “Placemats” are drawn directly onto the table with non toxic markers, and name cards are printed in bold letters. Fall fruits round out the decorations. Don’t forget the crayons!


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Crafty Good Fun

Take a trip to the craft store and try your hand at making a Thankgiving tree. Kids can write what they are thankful for on a leaf cut out and hang it to the tree with a brightly colored piece of yarn. It’s a great visual for what the day is actually about. Have older kids help assemble the felt turkeys and banners. It’s a great way to keep them out of your hair while you’re preparing dinner.  And, just like above, you can use brown butcher paper as the tablecloth but this time, cut the edging to make a pretty fringe.

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Pilgrim Pride

Grab some construction paper and start creating. With a few simple cuts, you can make a sail out of your straw, a pilgrim’s hat for your crayons, and a faux apple pie to house a few surprises (trail mix or treats). The highlight of the table is a brown paper bag turkey leg featuring the name of each child at the kids’ table.

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Bright and Cheerful

This colorful table is fun and festive. The polka dot sales on the boat match the placemats, and the bright plates and napkins are welcoming. But by far, my favorite element on this table is the pinecone turkeys that use crayons for the colorful feathers.

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Turkey Talk

This centerpiece will be the talk of your dinner no doubt – even if it resides at the kids’ table. Use a large brown paper bag to fashion a makeshift turkey. Fill with popcorn, and let the snacking commence. Faux corncobs contain napkins and utensils. Who’s ready for dinner?

Moms, what are you going to do to make your kids’ table extra special this year?

Meet the Author | Christina Montoya Fiedler

Christina Montoya Fiedler is a Los Angeles native - born and raised. Before becoming a mom, and writing for various parenting sites so she could be home full time with her son, she was a publicist representing environmentally progressive architects and contractors - one of whom just finished building a home completely out of parts from a Boeing 747. Now that's cool!

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