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Thanksgiving Kids Table Ideas

Celebrating Thanksgiving with children is the best, but may lead to some challenges. Do you include them at the “adult” table with the fine china, silverware and crystal? Or will your littlest guests have their own designated table? It might all depend on how many kids will be there, how big your main table is and if you think the kids are ready for your finest dishes.

As for me, I prefer to have the kids to sit at the adult table – in the hopes they will learn from their parents, relatives and friends how to behave in a more formal setting. However, when I was growing up I sat at the “kids” table for years – in fact it became the “teen” table at one point!

If you are planning on having a kids’ table this Thanksgiving, it always fun to decorate in a special way. Age appropriate activities, shatter proof glasses and personal touches are just some things to think about when setting the table for your youngest guests. Here are some ideas for decorating a fun Thanksgiving kids’ table and keeping them busy!

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Thanksgiving kids table - thank you note idea

I especially like this idea of a personalized turkey mailbox on the back of each child’s chair. A fun way to get kids and family members to write notes of thanks.

For more Thanksgiving kids’ table ideas, visit Simplified Bee’s ideabook on Houzz!

Happy decorating,

Cristin

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Fabulous Hostess Gift Ideas for 2013

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As we move into November (can hardly believe it!), our minds quickly shift from spiders, cobwebs and witches to turkey dinner, holiday parties and hanging the stockings with care. Like many of you, the holiday season means large family dinners and cocktail parties with friends. If you’ll be heading to a Thanksgiving feast, Christmas party or holiday open house  in the next few weeks, bringing a thoughtful host or hostess gift is always appreciated. A favorite bottle of wine, homemade baked goods or a lovely bouquet of flowers are tried and true hostess gifts and will certainly be well received. However, if you are running short on time or want to bring something a little different, here are my favorite hostess gift ideas for 2013:

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top to bottom:

pom pom throw (unexpected, yet always a winner) // wine tote (for the host’s fave bottle of champagne or wine)

 monogrammed cheese board (for the entertainer)

 personalized stationary (always well received) //holiday cupcakes (adorable right?!)

anchor bottle opener (for the cocktail party) // dried pomegranate wreath (great alternative to a traditional bouquet)

monogrammed drink coasters (for the host or hostess that has it all)

elephant place-card holders (love & a sneak peek from Nate Berkus’ Holiday Collection for Target due in stores 11/17)

What’s your favorite hostess gift?

Cristin

*some of these links are to affiliates of Simplified Bee, but product picks and opinions are my own!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” – Marcel Proust

Thanksgiving Flower Arrangement

Wishing you and your loved ones a very happy Thanksgiving!

Many thanks for reading Simplified Bee… you make it all worth it!

xo

Cristin

photo credit: Josh McCullock

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Top Ten Hostess Gift Ideas for 2012

One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is getting together with family and friends at dinner or cocktail parties. If you will be heading to a holiday party in the next few weeks, bringing a thoughtful hostess gift is always appreciated. A favorite bottle of wine, homemade baked goods or a lovely bouquet of flowers are tried and true hostess gifts and will certainly be well received. However, if you are running short on time or want to bring something a little different, here are my top ten hostess gift ideas for 2012 (and most are under  $30):

great hostess gifts for 2012

Palazzo Soy Candle – $29.50 –  a yummy blend of persimmon, white nectarine and  olive wood.

great bar hostess gift

Knot Bottle Opener – $28 - loving the brass and nautical knot design!

hostess gifts owl dishes

Owl Dipping Dishes – $10 for 2 – great for the animal lover on your list!

 gold confetti note cards

Confetti Note Card - $24 – letterpress + monogram = perfect gift!

persoanlized pencils and case gift

Personalized Pencils - £10 – for the person that seems to have everything!

 chalkboard drink tags - hostess gift

Chalkboard Wine Charms – $9 –  love the personalization and that they can be used again & again!

cheers drink coasters hostess gift

Cheers Drink Coaster – $26 - it just says it all!

great hostess gift - olio olive oil

Olio Santo Extra Virgin Olive Oil – $29.99 – for the chef on your list!

patio olive tree hostess gift

Abequina Olive Patio Tree – $59.95 – perfect size for a patio or apartment terrace.

aztec hot chocolate hostess gift

 Aztec Sipping Cholocate Mix - $15 - the blend of chocolate, chilies and spices sounds devine!

What’s your favorites hostess gift?

Cristin

*this is not a paid advertisement… just items I like!

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