Kids Thanksgiving Roundup

by Chris on November 9, 2011

As a kid, I remember never being too overly excited about Thanksgiving. It’s the one that comes “after the holiday with candy and before the holiday with presents” for kids. Poor Turkey Day. It doesn’t have a chance with little ones.

Unless….you have some cute and clever ideas like these.


If you have a bunch of kids at your Thanksgiving festivities, it’s a great idea to have a separate table for them. It lets you fancy up the adult table, but it also gives them a personalized space of their own to celebrate.


The table can be garnished with specialty papers and cadies or it can be as simple as some altered paper cups. The great thing about kids? They’d love any of these ideas. Heck, I’d love any of these ideas.


The busiest part of the day can be when you’re trying to finalize the turkey and that stuffing, so why not make the table decorations double as a craft that kids can work on? Of course, figuring out who’s gonna work on that craft with them is a whole ‘nother family feud. Choose the person with the least seniority.



Perhaps you’re lucky enough to have Thanksgiving outside? On hay bails. And tree stumps. Well, here’s a pretty darn cute idea for ya.


And of course Pottery Barn. It’s a no-brainer. If you’d like to make them yourself, I found a really good tutorial here.

Sailboat Treat Holdersource

Amanda at Shindig Parties to Go (one of my favorite websites—she’s brilliant) has a bunch of printables available for just these occasions. Right now, if you like Shindig on Facebook you can get them for free.


I love this idea for two possibilities. A fantastic centerpiece on the kids’ table or for some fun/cool (depending on the age of the kid) treats for after dinner! When all the “old people” are gorging themselves on mincemeat pie, they get to have something a little more appealing.


And finally…I love this. Here’s why.

  • Paper Plate
  • Paper Towel
  • Computer paper print out
  • Crayons
  • It’s easy. It’s disposable. It’s not fussy.

If you’re hosting a Thanksgiving dinner for 25+ people, that’s just the combination you’re looking for.


Well, there you have it! A bunch of sassy, fun, and kid-friendly ideas for Thanksgiving–otherwise known as the day all the ads come out for Black Friday. Unless you’re a freak and you go to websites that post them early. Not that you are. Just sayin’ I’ve heard some people do that.



Chrissy November 9, 2011 at 9:45 pm

These are such cute ideas!! Definetly going to try to make things a bit more fun for the kids!

Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids November 9, 2011 at 9:47 pm

What great ideas! Thank you for sharing them!

Ashley @ Lewis in Love November 9, 2011 at 9:51 pm

What adorable kids Thanksgiving ideas! Kinda makes me with I had kids, but I do have a few nieces and nephews that I think would love this. Maybe I’ll be the cool aunt this year who does some fun projects with them. Thank you!

Heather@The Black's Best November 9, 2011 at 11:23 pm

These are great ideas to get kids involved with Thanksgiving prep. Baby #4 is due in about a week and this might give grandma some fun time with the grandkids while she is down helping me out.;)

D@Inspirations by D November 10, 2011 at 12:40 am

So cute and creative. Those are so fun for kids, my son would love it! I wanted to do someting like that,but I’m not sure what we’re doing yet for Thanksgiving.

D@Inspirations by D November 10, 2011 at 12:40 am

So cute and creative. Those are so fun for kids, my son would love it! I wanted to do something like that,but I’m not sure what we’re doing yet for Thanksgiving.

Elena Worldwidemom November 10, 2011 at 1:34 am

Wow! Great ideas! thank you

Brittany November 10, 2011 at 12:49 pm

Wow! I love all these fun ideas! Thanks for sharing!

Vivienne @ The V Spot November 10, 2011 at 4:04 pm

So cute!!!!! :)

kaye November 11, 2011 at 7:02 am

WOW, thanks for the ideas, the pictures, and the links! You’re awsome!!!

Amanda Parker November 11, 2011 at 7:46 am

Thank you so much for featuring my free Kids’ Table Thanksgiving printables! What a wonderful surprise to find when I visited you this morning!

three haute mamas November 11, 2011 at 10:54 am

I never thought to decorate that cute for Thanksgiving.. thanks so much

Beth@A2Z November 11, 2011 at 9:55 pm

Fantastic roundup! I’m totally stealing that turkey w/ the snack cone feathers for Zephan’s b-day snack next week. Soooo adorable!

Kristen @ More Than Mulberries November 12, 2011 at 10:12 am

This is perfect – we will have almost 50 children at our Thanksgiving dinner this year! Time to start planning what will keep them all busy!

Kristen @ More Than Mulberries November 12, 2011 at 2:59 pm

Ummm..HUGE type! Try 30 kids. I would DIE if there were 50 – talk about loud and crazy. (Like 30 isn’t…but still)

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