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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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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,


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Read full story By on November 12, 2013 in baby and children, Entertaining, Holiday, houzz, Thanksgiving

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?


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

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Read full story By on November 5, 2013 in Christmas, gift guide, Holiday, Thanksgiving

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!



photo credit: Josh McCullock

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Read full story By on November 22, 2012 in quote, Thanksgiving

Contemporary Thanksgiving Table Setting

A few weeks ago the folks at Wayfair invited me and several other bloggers to participate in their Holiday Tablescape Challenge – of course I was game! The timing was perfect because I’ll be hosting  Thanksgiving this year and it gave me the opportunity to plan ahead. As part of the challenge, Wayfair sent me 5 items that I selected from a list of 12 to incorporate in the table setting.

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A custom table runner in a chevron pattern fabric by Robert Allen inspired the silver, brown and chartreuse color scheme and the contemporary feel I was envisioning. I love the more subtle interpretation of this classic pattern and the pop of chartreuse is really fun. It pattern plays so nicely with the unscripted cowhide rug. For additional visual interest, I also layered several other materials including rattan, bronze and metallic silver. I loved the way the table turned out!

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Here are the Wayfair products selected:

Ten Strawberry Street Square 10″ Dinner Plates (topped with chartreuse napkins)

David Shaw Silverware Urban Retreat Deconstructed Bowl (used for the floral centerpiece)

Achla Goblet Vase (filled with liquid amber leaves and pheasant feathers)

David Shaw Silverware Urban Retreat Rectangular Platter (topped with white pumpkins)

Fleur-de-Lis Two Tier Plate Stand in Antique White from Mesa Home  (perfect for pumpkin & red velvet cupcakes)

To follow the tablescape challenge, head to Wayfair’s blog or Holiday Challenge Pinterest board.

Happy holidays! (yep, I just said it!)


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Read full story By on November 5, 2012 in Entertaining, Holiday, product review, textiles, Thanksgiving, Wayfair