thanksgiving kids table ideas

One of my favorite things to do on Thanksgiving is to put together the kids table. The kids love having their own special space, and I love that it keeps them busy so that I can finish dinner and get it on the table without little feet underneath me. Everybody wins.

I started doing this a few years ago, and it became an unintentional family tradition. One year I bought cute little felt Mayflowers from Pottery Barn Kids to decorate the table and set out a few cookies that I had personalized with their names. They thought that it was the best thing ever and the following year, they asked me how I was decorating their table a few days before Thanksgiving. It became a thing.

thanksgiving kids table ideas

You don’t need to do anything big or elaborate, but having something for them to eat and do really helps keep the party flowing nicely. They are entertained and happy – and you (and any other parents) can have adult conversation and maybe indulge in a cocktail in peace.

I always have a kids snack tray with lots of different options. This is almost always a last minute thing, so I just shop my pantry and fridge and put everything on a tray. They love it. And funny enough, so do the grown ups. It never fails. It doesn’t matter what I have, cheese trays, dips, bacon and water chestnuts – the adults are always sneaking the Goldfish off of the kids table.

waffle cone cornucopias

I set out some waffle cones and they kids filled them up to look like cornucopias. This was a hit. They loved it. (I don’t normally put candy on the table, but I had just finished a shoot and they were already out. I’m lazy and let them stay.)

thanksgiving kids snack tray ideas Here are some ideas:

  • cheese and crackers
  • apple slices
  • sliced veggies
  • grapes
  • ranch for dipping
  • Goldfish
  • pretzels
  • popcorn
  • graham crackers
  • nuts
  • trail mix

thanksgiving turkey cookie placecards
I made these turkey cookie place cards for Dixie Crystals and the kids were impressed. (Not the easiest thing to do in this house.)

thanksgiving table craftsI also want them to have things to do. I used kraft paper and used a few pieces of washi tape to stick them to the table. I bought a few little crafts from Michaels and set out markers and crayons. They can color the turkeys, play tic-tac-toe, or just draw on the placemats. You can also find printables and other fun activities on my Thanksgiving Board.

thanksgiving kids table ideas

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