Set a Kid-Approved Table this Thanksgiving
It doesn’t take much to set an engaging table kids of all ages will want to sit at this Thanksgiving.
The “Kids Table.” We’ve all sat at one at some point during our lives and graduating from it is often a rite of passage. But the kids’ table, when set with some DIY supply staples, can be one of the most fun spots during any family gathering, especially during a holiday like Thanksgiving.
We’ve pulled together a few of our must-have craft supplies so that this week’s table is sure to be a hit with guests of all ages.
Kraft or butcher paper is a great basis for a kids’ table during meal time. Not only is it an inexpensive way to keep a tabletop safe, it can be recycled at the end of the evening. Encourage children to draw on it; use washi tape to mask out individual drawing areas so that everyone has a space to call their own. Take a table cue from fabric designer and quilt store owner Heather Givans made her own plain table runner a few years back and encourages her younger guests to add their doodles to it whenever she hosts Thanksgiving. If your guests created some works of art on the covering that they simply can’t live without, try cutting out the designs from the paper for framing later on.
Coloring continues to be a popular DIY trend this holiday season, and we know why - it’s fun! Look for washable crayons to provide your guests with and consider all the different ages that might be joining you - bigger crayons work really well for littler hands while standard crayons are perfect for guests of any age.
Paper Pads & Coloring Sheets
The paper section of art supply stores can be a great source for pads of smaller-size papers. Put out a stack of white cardstock for endless drawing options. Children can take their works of art home at the end of the night as single illustrations or stapled together for an on-the-go book. Companies like Crayola offer mini coloring pages featuring a variety of well-known characters that are also perfect coloring inspiration.
Stickers & Washi Tapes
With the only guideline of keeping stickers and tapes on the paper table covering, you can never go wrong with these art box staples! Check the scrapbooking aisle of your local craft store for stickers and washi tapes in all a variety of shapes, sizes, and themes. If you have a lot of sticker lovers sitting at your table, considering sending them home with a monthly sticker subscription to keep the crafty fun going all season long.
While waiting for dessert to be served, offer kids’ table residents a retro-inspired handheld game. Small toy figurines are also fun to put out as a pumpkin pie distraction.
When it comes to setting your Thanksgiving table for children, what’s a must-have for your family?