We’ve all been relegated to the kids’ table before. And even when you were little, it always seemed too small to seat you, your siblings, and your cousins. Not to mention that it lacked the holiday flair of the grown-up version. A card table dragged out of the garage and wiped down with a damp rag? Bor-ing. Couldn’t the adults spare a printed tablecloth or a centerpiece? Kids like decorations, too, you know!
This year, don’t skimp on the kiddie table. Just because there will be gravy splattered everywhere in a matter of seconds doesn’t mean the kiddos don’t deserve a little holiday pizzazz. “How in the world do I make the kids’ table fun?” you ask. Well, don’t worry, dear host, we’re here to help.
First things first: Make sure you’re plugged into Pinterest. You’re probably an old pro, but just in case.
Second step: Clear your schedule for a few hours and get ready to pin!
Third step: Make magic happen, you crafty goddess, you.
If pinning is too overwhelming, check out our Samplehouse Kids Table Pinterest board, which is chockfull of ideas on how to elevate your little ones’ table to the big leagues.
The first challenge is keeping the kids focused on eating their food instead of playing with it. The easiest way to accomplish this is to give them something else to entertain them between bites. Since kids aren’t as impressed by a delicious meal as adults are, they’ll need a diversion while Mom and Dad savor their spread. Instead of a tablecloth, try a roll of butcher paper and set out cups of crayons or an adorable styrofoam crayon turkey!
It’s important to make the kids table a labor of love rather than an afterthought. Kids are intuitive—they’ll know the difference between thrown together and decked out. Name cards, kid-friendly decorations, crafts, and even meal-compatible games are a perfect way to make the youngsters’ table a fond part of their grown-up holiday memories.
Kids love things that feel like they were created just for them. Perhaps the most effective way to make the kids’ table shine, and maybe even rival the adult table, is to devote a little extra preparation and cooking time to a few miniaturized treats such as mini pumpkin pies, cherry pies, or even cupcakes. Mini pie pans and dessert molds are easy to find, and with a little extra effort, the kids table will have a darling dessert display. The adults may even want to switch seats!
Thanksgiving is time for friends and family to give thanks—even the smallest of the bunch! Make the little ones feel special this holiday season by adding a few extra details to their table. At SampleHouse, you’re always one of the family, and you are welcome to our table anytime!