I remember the day when I finally graduated from the kid’s table to the big table. It really only happened because some of my aunts and uncles had gone somewhere else for Thanksgiving, so there was finally a space for me with the adults. I felt so. grown. up. Nevermind my braces, stuffed bra (don’t tell my mom), and pre-teen acne. Essentially, I saw myself as Ann Hathaway in Princess Diaries when she gets that major makeover and can finally associate with the royal class.
Part of the reason I dreaded sitting at the kid’s table was that the adult table was always so beautifully decorated and we (the kids) were left with the card table, paper plates, and folding chairs. Most kids wouldn’t care about this and be more focused on the generous helpings of mashed potatoes and rolls. Because I was born to design, it mattered to me. I wanted to feel special and sit at a beautiful table – just like the grown ups.
My Thanksgiving trauma inspired this toddler table design. It coordinates with our tablescape in this post. This table is meant to compliment the adult’s table, but still be appropriate for kids. Let me walk you through how I set this up and where I found all of the fun pieces!
I covered the table in brown wrapping paper that I bought at Hobby Lobby. 40% off – holla! I drew a garland on the center with a Sharpie. I found the wooden cutlery on Amazon and painted the ends a burnt orange and mustard yellow. The pinecones are courtesy of the neighbor’s pine-tree that I spray painted white. The paper plates and cups are from the Dollar Tree (seriously, that place rocks). The turkeys were on sale last year after Thanksgiving, so I bought them and painted them white. I pretty much just paint anything and everything I can find white. And the little bag of surprises was a leftover from Porter’s birthday party in July. The napkins are fabric from Hobby Lobby that I sewed around the edges. Overall, this cost me $5-$10.
You can put all sorts of fun things inside the bag of goodies – anything to keep the kids entertained and busy, so the adults can enjoy their meals! Crayons would be a great idea, because the table covering is made of paper, so they can color all over the paper! If you’re crazy like me, you’ll only let them use brown, orange, and yellow crayons. 🙂
We loved including one of our new letterboards in this design, because they are adorable and really make a room. If you are interested in purchasing one of our affordable letterboards, visit our online store!
What are memories you have about Thanksgiving as a child? What are ways that you can like to make table settings special for kids, too?