Theme Builder Layout

Southern Living

Do you all put your kids at “the kids’ table” for holiday meals? I remember always being at the kids table during our family holiday meals! I actually thought it was fun, gathering together all the cousins we only got to see twice a year around the table! I have fond memories of the conversation and laughs!

Theme Builder Layout

My son doesn’t have as many cousins as I do so the kids table isn’t quite as populated these days.  But I still love the idea of making the table memorable for the kids, even if they are mixed in to the adult table!

I looked around the internet and found a few fun ideas I want to use.

Tablecloths and Placemats

1) Use paper on the table or for place mats so kids can draw during dinner or make lists of things they are thankful for.

Theme Builder Layout

Centerpieces

2) Centerpieces don’t have to be stuffy or formal, why not make them humorous? Veggies with faces or candy turkeys keep things fun!

Theme Builder Layout

Placecards

3) Let kids be involved in making place cards.  A little project like this can keep kids busy while the real turkey is still in the oven!

Theme Builder Layout

Party Favors

4. A few fun party favors like these adorable finger puppets (stuck on candy sticks!) will keep kids entertained while the adults are still talking.

Do you have “kids’ tables” for holiday meals?

All images: Martha Stewart, except first photo Southern Living.

32 Comments

  1. Theme Builder Layout

    Great ideas! I might start incorporating the first one in our everyday lives…may if my son could check out his food, he would actually eat his veggies!

    Reply
  2. Theme Builder Layout

    Cute ideas! Wish we had a need for the “kids table” (holidays are just more fun with little ones, aren’t they?)
    Happy autumn!
    Terri

    Reply
  3. Theme Builder Layout

    Love the finger puppet/candy ideas.

    Reply
  4. Theme Builder Layout

    Oh my gosh!! such gorgeous .. gorgeous ideas!!

    Reply
  5. Theme Builder Layout

    These are super cute!! Love em!

    Reply
  6. Theme Builder Layout

    We always had a kids table when we were growing up but so far our celebrations will only involve our daughter. So no kids table yet. But I ADORE the first idea with the menu checklist. I definitely need to remember that! The second one is also so cute with the little formal looking arrangement and paper fringe :)

    Reply
  7. Theme Builder Layout

    Love all of those ideas! All of our “kids” in our family have now “graduated” to the grown up table as the youngest is 9.

    Reply
  8. Theme Builder Layout

    I LOVE the veggies with faces. Never would have thought of that one.

    Hope you are well, Melissa. It has been so busy here I have not been reading blogs as much as I like.

    Reply
  9. Theme Builder Layout

    I wish we had our family here to have a kids table instead we set it fairly formal for a super “special” fancy dinner for the kids at Thanksgiving, they like getting to use the real glasses. I cringe that they may drop them but…something different from everyday. Great ideas.

    Reply
  10. Theme Builder Layout

    I love the first table…simple and organic! We do have a kids table and I am going to use that as my inspiration Melissa…very useful post:)

    Reply
  11. Theme Builder Layout

    I always sat at the “kids table” and like you, loved it! These ideas will have to be saved but I love them (I’m about to become a first time grandma!).

    Karen

    Reply
  12. Theme Builder Layout

    Oh! What cute ideas! I can’t wait to use these when our kids are a little bigger!

    Reply
  13. Theme Builder Layout

    No, because with only two it’s easier to plunk them at the adult table. But I do like the idea of having fun things just for them and have always tried to accomplish that. I really like many of these ideas. Thank you!

    Reply
  14. Theme Builder Layout

    I love these ideas! And we do often times have a kids table. My fave is the turnips (I think they’re turnips!) with the faces! Super cute and fun!

    Reply
  15. Theme Builder Layout

    I sit the four youngest kids at our window seat in the dining room with a tv tray in front of them. They look forward to this tradition. They are in the room with us and can join into the adult conversation, but are able to wiggle out of the room when they are finished eating:) I usually get special paper plates for the kids so that if the tv tray topples over, nothing gets broken.

    Reply
  16. Theme Builder Layout

    What wonderful ideas!!! Thank you so much for them. I am book marking them :)

    xox
    Jen

    Reply
  17. Theme Builder Layout

    You always have the best ideas…really.
    I need to think about the kids table now.
    Have i told you lately how awesome you are? Well…you are.

    Reply
  18. Theme Builder Layout

    Oh yes, there is always a kids table….love the ideas you shared.
    Last year I made turkeys from small gloves for the kids… this year I’m making a felt Thanksgiving “ships” filled with candy {like the mayflower}
    Love the paper on the table….I think I will use that this year too.
    Thanks for the help

    Reply
  19. Theme Builder Layout

    love those veggie faces!

    Reply
  20. Theme Builder Layout

    FABULOUS ideas Melissa!!

    Reply
  21. Theme Builder Layout

    Yes, we always had a kids table when I was a kid. Now we are starting the tradtion with my kids and the paper on the tables will make it more fun. Thanks for the great ideas!

    Reply
  22. Theme Builder Layout

    That Martha! I love those finger puppet turkey’s and pilgrim hats! Such cute settings!

    Reply
  23. Theme Builder Layout

    Those are so cute and great ideas!
    I have always wanted to try the paper table cloth for the kids to draw on. My kids always eat so quickly. Maybe that would slow them down.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Traci

    Reply
  24. Theme Builder Layout

    I have a 5 year old daughter and she has several young cousins so we still do a kid’s table each year. Last year I used craft paper as the table covering, set the table with holiday themed paper plates and cups, each setting had a “favor” bucket full of stickers, coloring pages and holiday trinkets and the centerpiece was a bucket overflowing with crayons. The kids stayed occupied all through the dinner!!

    Reply
  25. Theme Builder Layout

    Love these ideas! So fun!

    Reply
  26. Theme Builder Layout

    You have inspired me to try to create a fun table for our kids in our family this holiday season!! Sounds like great memories in the making!! Thanks!

    Crystal

    Reply
  27. Theme Builder Layout

    We have a kids table, only if we have more than just our immediate family. One thing we did use a Kids table for was our wedding reception! We hired a teen girl who was related on the other side of a family member to “watch’ over and help the kiddies. We had the craft paper on the table rolled out, pens, markers, crayons, stickers, small craft kits, balloons, snacks and all kinds of fun stuff for them to do. The parents were able to dance and have a great time, while the kids were entertained in the back of the room and having a blast!

    Reply
  28. Theme Builder Layout

    These are such great ideas!!! I wonder if my sister would let me be in charge of the kid’s table?!?

    Reply
  29. Theme Builder Layout

    Love these ideas! I shared them over in our Thanksgiving Community in BlogFrog!
    Thanks Melissa!
    ~Liz

    Reply
  30. Theme Builder Layout

    I love the crayon idea. After dinner (if there isn’t too much food spilled) you could use painter’s tape to hang it on a wall.

    I once did a blog post about “Food Faces.” They are plates that have face on them so you can use your food to “make faces.” Talk about playing with your food! I don’t have ant little kids – but if I did, I would likely buy a set of these.

    Looks like you can buy them from Amazon and other places.
    How fun.
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B001VJM5TS/ref=dp_olp_0?ie=UTF8&redirect=true&qid=1288971963&sr=8-2&condition=all

    Reply

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Theme Builder Layout

Theme Builder Layout

browse categories:

browse archives:

the latest in the shop

Theme Builder Layout

let’s stay connected!

Follow for daily
Home Inspiration:

get my free decorating guide

home decor inspiration, free downloads,
and more, straight to your inbox

css.php