Last week I shared the things I’ve learned from my Mom over the years about holiday entertaining. One of the things I always remember her being extremely good at was making sure EVERYONE felt welcome and special, even those relegated to sitting at the “kiddie table”! I have tried to continue that tradition with my own kids over the years, even though most of them are now at the “young adult” table. :-)
Awhile back I spied this idea for spiffing up the traditional Thanksgiving dinner “kids table” at the Fiskars website. It caught my eye because it’s all made of PAPER…and I’m a major sucker for any kind of paper crafting.
But as I was reading through the Fiskars post I realized I didn’t have any of the paper crafting “tools” needed to create this fun Thanksgiving tablescape. Paper punches, edgers, templates, crimpers….no, no, no, and no. Oh wait…I DO have scissors! :-)
So I decided to challenge myself and see if I could re-create at least some of the table using my scissors and my wits. :-)
What follows is my amateur attempt at giving the “kiddie table” a little extra fun and love on Thanksgiving Day.
Pretty self-explanatory. I just found a piece of scrapbook paper that was a pleasing color and pattern for the whole Thanksgiving theme, cut a circle out and taped it with double-sided tape to a white paper plate.
TURKEY LEG PLACE CARD:
Start with a brown paper lunch bag and cut the top half off. I happen to own a pair of pinking shears, so I used those, but it’s certainly not necessary. Stick your fist in the bag and start molding and shaping the bag into a turkey leg shape. I didn’t need to “stuff” anything into the bag to get the shape I wanted, but you could. I ended up using one small piece of tape at the bottom to keep it gathered together.
To make the “bone”, cut out a strip of white cardstock or foam and a small heart. Insert the “bone” into the opening of the bag and tape or staple closed.
Then all it needs is a name. I simply printed one out on regular paper and taped it to the leg/place card.
I love this because it’s cute AND functional. Cover the kiddie table with kraft paper, create this hat filled with crayons or colored pencils and you have a built-in activity for the kiddies. Cut out the bottom of a black paper cup with a Craft Knife. Hot glue upside-down to a black circle. I cut my circle out of a black paper plate.
I made the hat band and buckle out of kraft paper and another piece of coordinating scrapbook paper and attached it with double-sided tape.
Funny thing about this one…it’s the easiest AND the cutest (in my opinion!) I covered a white paper cup with kraft paper to match the rest of the tablescape, but you could easily leave it white.
After that, all you need to do it cut a little white sail out of cardstock or foam (I used foam), punch two holes in it, and thread a straw through it. Pop the straw in the cup, fill with your beverage of choice, and sail away! A little circle of blue scrapbook paper underneath the cup is a colorful, yet optional, touch.
The most difficult part of this piece of the table decor was locating the disposable tart pans. OK, it wasn’t that hard. I found them at my local grocery store, but NOT at my local Walmart.
To make your pie, trace the upside down tart pan onto a piece of brown cardstock, cut out the circle, then cut a scallop edge all around it.
I just eyeballed this and it turned out just fine. When you are done cutting the scallops, bend each scallop upwards and set into the top of the tart pan.
The little “cutouts” in the center I made with a black marker.
Almost looks good enough to EAT….don’t you think? :-)
If you are having a “kids table” at your Thanksgiving dinner this year…do the kids a favor and take a few minutes to elevate the experience with some of these fun table decorations.
Do you have a fun “kids table” idea? Please share!