Kid-Friendly Thanksgiving Table Decorations

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    Paper Turkeys

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    Paper Turkey Decorations. Pop Sugar

    Dining room tables often aren't long enough to accommodate everyone in the family for Thanksgiving dinner.  The traditional solution is to set up a smaller table off to the side for the kids; however, you likely won't want to use your good china at a table for the 8 and under crowd.  Here are some cute ways to set the kids' table for Thanksgiving, including decorations that not only look sweet but will keep them out of trouble.

    Paper Turkeys

    A paper turkey may not be the centerpiece you had in mind this Thanksgiving, but for the kids' table, it's perfect!  Turkey cutouts as placecards and paper Mayflowers filled with popcorn complete the look.

    Paper Thanksgiving table decorations from PopSugar 

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    Melamine Dishware

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    Courtesy of Crate & Barrel

    Choose paper plates, or holiday-themed melamine dishware as a kid-friendly alternative to your good china. Set the kids' table with a set of these melamine turkey plates from Crate & Barrel to create holiday memories year after year. 

    Melamine Turkey Plates from Crate & Barrel

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    Keepsake Table Runner

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    Handprint Table Runner. Hometalk

    Give the kids something to do while they're waiting for dinner or dessert.  Put one of the older kids in charge of getting everyone's hand prints on an inexpensive table runner, then pull it out each year as a memento of past Thanksgivings. 

    Hand print table runner from Hometalk

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    Kraft Paper Tablecloth

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    Kraft Paper Thanksgiving Table. Sweet Paul

    Cover the kids' table with kraft paper and place pots of crayons and markers in the center so the kids can draw or play tic-tac-toe and hangman while they eat.  The bonus: you can roll up the mess and toss it after dinner!

    Kraft paper tablecloth from Sweet Paul

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    Play Dress-Up

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    Kids Table with Headbands. HGTV

    This table is covered with kraft paper, too, but also invites the kids to play dress-up with Native American head dresses that double as placecards.  Not only will this delight your smaller guests, it makes for a great photo op!

    Head dress placecards from HGTV

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    Interactive Centerpiece

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    Kids Table with Thankful Tree. Frog Prince Paperie

    Remember the reason for the season with this kids' table decoration. Using a "thankful tree" as a centerpiece is a great way to decorate the table and gives kids the opportunity to count their blessings.  

    Paper thankful tree from Frog Prince Paperie

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    Keep It Simple

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    Simple Kids Table. The Glamorous Housewife

    Simple is often the best way to go when decorating a kids' table for Thanksgiving.  Small bowls for snacks line this table and a spill-proof jar of arrows makes a cute centerpiece.

    Simple Thanksgiving kids' table from The Glamorous Housewife

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    Chair Covers

    Thanksgiving chair cover
    Courtesy of Pottery Barn Kids

    Not the crafty type?  Skip the table decorations and dress up the kids' chairs, instead, with cute chair backers like these from Pottery Barn. Don't personalize them if you think you'll need them for many generations of kiddos; but, if you want to create keepsakes, add a monogram.

    Thanksgiving chair covers from Pottery Barn Kids

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    Decorated Paper Cups

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    Decorated Paper Cups for Thanksgiving. Hoosier Homemade

    Simple paper cups are turned into mini Pilgrim hats and Mayflowers with just a few basic craft supplies.  These table decorations are sure to make the kids smile, and better yet, won't break the bank so you won't mind throwing everything away after dinner is over.

    Paper Pilgrim hat crayon holders from Hoosier Homemade

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    Plastic Plates with Paper Turkeys

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    Kids Table for Thanksgiving. Get Creative Juice

    This kids' table is all decked out with a kraft table covering (embellished with a fringe), decorated paper cups, and colorful plastic plates topped with paper turkey legs.  Everything is kid-safe and disposable, yet looks terrific.

    Paper turkey table decorations from Get Creative Juice

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    Mayflower Centerpiece

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    Mayflower Kids Table. Hobby Lobby

    This colorful kids' table features a long basket that has been turned into a makeshift Mayflower with the simple addition of paper sails. Colorful table linens including a runner with a Pilgrim hat make things even more fun and festive.

    Mayflower centerpiece from Hobby Lobby