Post by Suzanne, a contributor to Not So SAHM
Now that Halloween has passed and we’ve entered the month of November (how did that happen so quickly?), it’s time to start thinking about Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving happens to be one of my favorite holidays — getting family together, focusing on all the things in my life for which I’m thankful, and the food, the amazing food! — all of it just makes me so happy. While this holiday is one of my favorites, it doesn’t really capture the kids’ excitement the same way Halloween, Christmas or Easter do. I’m sure the lack of candy and gifts have something to do with it. But, I think it’s so important for them to realize that they don’t need all of those things to make this a fun and wonderful holiday. So, with a little help from the Meri Meri Thanksgiving party collection, I created a simple and fun Thanksgiving kids table that anyone can put together in a snap.
My favorite item from the collection is the “Be Thankful” garland. Not only does it reiterate the message I want my kids to get out of the day, but it comes with enough leaves and string to make a nice long garland. In fact, there were so many leaves that I decided to make mini garlands on the back of the kids’ chairs with the extra.
Because I think the key to creating a good Thanksgiving kids table is to provide entertainment, I also made some cinnamon-scented playdough to keep the kids entertained after dinner. I set out some of the Meri Meri Thanksgiving Cookie Cutters for the kids to use with playdough and continue imaginary play while the adults linger at the table talking. I hope to use them at some point to make cookies as well, but I have yet to master cookie decorating, so I’ll keep them in the playdough category for now!
In addition to the Meri Meri Thanksgiving products, I hand stamped white paper napkins and then folded them into little pockets to hold the disposable bamboo cutlery. Stamping napkins has quickly become one of my favorite ways to do quick and inexpensive personalization. Stamp them with a symbol, initials, or a phrase. Any way you stamp them, it looks cute and it’s so easy!
Happy Turkey Day prep!
Suzanne is a mother of two little boys and loves celebrating the little things in life. When she’s not chasing after said boys, she enjoys pursuing her passion for interior design, graphic design, and photography. She contributes to our pal Rebecca’s kid-friendly project blog Not-So-SAHM.