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Last Minute Thanksgiving Printables

Post by Christina of Christina Williams Blog
Thanksgiving PrintablesOne of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving is creating a fun kids’ table. This year, though, Thanksgiving really snuck up on me. I’m not nearly as prepared as I would like to be, so I created an easy Thanksgiving printable place mat concept that can be done at the last minute. And I decorated using toys and decorations from Nod that are usually in my kids’ rooms and playroom. Take a look around and see what you’ve got handy that might work to make a fun kids’ table for Thanksgiving.

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So just hop over to my blog and download the printables. Then let the kids choose the activities they want, cut them out and tape them to the table cover. I used Nod’s Archery Garland, as a table runner, and the I Could’ve Bin an Art Caddy to hold utensils and crayons.

The Junior Lumberjack blocks, though, really steal the show. They’re my favorite part of the table. They’re measured to specific thicknesses and heights, so building with them is super easy. My kids play with them every day, and it’s fun to see all the imaginative things they build with them. I created little place card stands out of the blocks, and I figured the kids will probably want to build with them while they’re waiting for the food…so these block are a triple win in my book: fun, functional, and adorable!

There you have it! Raid your kids’ rooms, and your craft stash for decorations, print out my modular place mat activities, and you’re all set. Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!

Christina Williams is a blogger and graphic designer living in Salt Lake City, Utah. She’s a night owl and a bookworm, as well as a mother to three children ranging in age from two to eight. She shares her latest DIY and design projects along with her adventures in parenting on self-named blog, Christina Williams.

Kids Holiday Gift Wishlists From Our Friends at Little List

From our friends at Little List

Your kiddos have been dreaming about their holiday lists since the catalogs started pouring in months ago. Which is adorable, but can be very stressful for us parents when it comes to actually buying the gifts! How do you weed through the millions of things on their wishlists to make sure their faces light up when opening gifts?

Enter Little List. Little List makes it easy and fun to create and share a wishlist of the gifts your children want and need. Parents can add anything from any online store to one list and share it anytime someone asks “what should I get your child?” Best of all it keeps track of who bought what, as well as your child’s current sizes and interests.

The app even makes gift suggestions based on your child’s age and preferences. You can visit Little List’s website, or download the app for your iPhone and begin building their holiday wishlists today.

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We’ve created 3 Little List gift guides for kiddos that love imaginary play, creating art & music, and enjoying nostalgic toys we played with as kids.

  • Imagination in Play – For little ones who let their imagination run wild and love playing dress up, making pretend meals or entertaining a captive audience.
  • Crafts & Music – Family jam session under the tree? Budding Picasso? Architect in the making?
  • Classic Retro Toys – Nothing’s more fun than seeing our kids play with and love the same toys we enjoyed as kids!

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Post by Little List, makers of wishlists for kids. Keep track of your children’s wants and needs in an easy to use platform to share with friends and family, or simply help you organize your shopping list for the holiday or your children’s birthday.

Thanksgiving Entertaining Tips for the Kids

Written by Nick & Aleah Valley of Valley & Co.

The holiday season means gatherings galore and traditions, old and new. It’s about getting together around a table to share in a delicious meal, laughter and great company. Thanksgiving often involves a kids’ table, a space where cousins and siblings collect to eat and visit.

We say dress up the kids’ table so they feel extra special and have a place that looks fun, is cozy, has activities, and is one that they won’t want to leave. Why not pull out all of the stops and let them enjoy sparkling cider from beautiful goblets, dine on festive china and be dazzled by a centerpiece that rivals that on the adult table?

Valley & Co.’s Thanksgiving Tips:

Elevate the kids’ table this Thanksgiving with dressy china and napkins tied with ribbon. Don’t have festive dinnerware? Look to your local rental company to rent flatware, glasses and dishes. Create a centerpiece with moss, branches and pine cones and nestle in little woodland creatures the kids can play with during dinner.

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Upgrade the classic Tic-Tac-Toe game by painting your own squares with metallic paint on a white linen napkin {we just used plain old tape to make a grid and a foam brush to paint squares}, and give the children pine cones and creature figurines as their game pieces.

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Thanksgiving Entertaining Tips for Kids - 18Have small canning jars filled with moss, acorns, pine cones, and woodland creature figurines that the children can use to create their own little terrariums to take home.

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Nick & Aleah Valley are the husband + wife owners and operators of Valley & Co. Lifestyle, based in the beautiful Emerald City {Seattle}. They love to make life grand and believe that any occasion, whether small or large, is cause for celebration. They believe that entertaining at home welcomes memories and laughter. Follow them on their blog and Instagram.