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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.
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.Continue to 2 of 11 below.
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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.Continue to 3 of 11 below.
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Keepsake Table Runner
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.Continue to 4 of 11 below.
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Kraft Paper Tablecloth
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!Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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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.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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Decorated Paper Cups
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.Continue to 10 of 11 below.
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Plastic Plates with Paper Turkeys
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.Continue to 11 of 11 below.
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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