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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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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