Kid-Friendly DIY Thanksgiving Table Setting

Nov 20, 2017

We are days away from celebrating Thanksgiving, and everywhere we go we can find delicious recipes and beautiful decorations. As moms, we know how fabulous our Thanksgiving table can look, but we also see the risks and temptations that it poses for small children. If you’re looking for practical ways to decorate your table, I’d like to share some kid-friendly, easy to implement ideas that are also affordable because you can grab things from around the house to make it happen. For my kid-friendly table setting, I used paper tablecloth instead cloth and added a few crayons per person. Children and adults can draw on the paper tablecloth to start fun dinner conversations, or write down what they’re thankful for this year.

For this table decor you will need:

  • Rosemary or other plants you have on hand
  • Small pumpkins
  • Golden spray paint
  • Crayons
  • Twigs, to add a touch of greenery
  • Place cards with the name of each guest
  • Kraft paper

Gather some plants you have at home in small containers. The amount depends on the size and shape of your table. I used rosemary because I had them at hand and I love the aroma.

Get some natural or artificial pumpkins and paint them with gold paint.

Use a few twigs to add greenery to each plate; hold them together with a small rubber band.

Write the name of each guest on each of the cards and place them on the twigs.

Place the plants and pumpkins in a straight line in the middle of the table as a centerpiece.

Place the dishes as you usually would for dinner, adding the greenery and the place cards.

Add a pair of crayons for each guest.

And that’s it! With just a few elements you have a beautiful and practical table perfect for young and old.

Happy Thanksgiving!


– Carla Gutierrez, Notas de Mamá


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