Learn how to create a Thanksgiving Kids Table that is sure to delight kids of all ages.
I’m so thrilled you’ve stopped by today! Can you believe that Thanksgiving is next week? Yikes! I am so not ready. Are you?
Just in case you’re in need of a little inspiration for your Thanksgiving table, I thought I’d share this adorable (even if I do say so myself!) Woodland Creature Picnic Thanksgiving Kids Table that I created last year.
I am so behind the eight ball this year as far as Thanksgiving decor, meal planning, and shopping goes! Last year, I was prepared well ahead of time. I had both my breakfast nook and dining room tables all decked out in their Thanksgiving best two months ahead of schedule, menu was planned a month in advance, and shopping done a week ahead. This year is a completely different story…ugh!
I’m a planner by nature, but since I’m usually juggling about ten balls at any given time, being that far ahead of schedule (when it comes to adding seasonal decor to my own home) is somewhat atypical for me. But I had a great incentive last year to get a jump start on it…
A MAGAZINE ARTICLE…with a hard and fast deadline!
It’s Always an Honor When a Magazine Reaches Out to Me Requesting My Expertise
When the magazine publisher originally reached out to me in late August, she asked if I could create two Thanksgiving tablescapes for their November issue. Of course I was happy to oblige because it’s always such an honor when magazines reach out to me. Then, a few days before our scheduled mid-September photo shoot, she calls me and says they have room in the article for one more tablescape, and asked if I could do a kids table. Without hesitation, I said, “I’d be delighted too!” Then panic set in!
I panicked because I didn’t have anything for a kids Thanksgiving table since both of my kiddos are in their early 20’s now. I also panicked because I literally had less than one week to pull it together! Yikes!
Nothing like a super tight deadline to get the old creative juices and adrenaline flowing! Truth be told though, some of my most brilliant design ideas come to me in the ninth hour. And this Thanksgiving Kids Table was no exception!
Thanksgiving Kids Table Design Plan
Once I got over my initial panic, I approached it like I do with every other design project. I sat down and came up with a design plan. I wanted this tablescape to delight kids (and the kid in all of us) and to make them feel like they had a special place at their very own table, so I decided on the theme, A Woodland Creature Picnic. The next step was sketching up some rough ideas so I’d have a game plan when I went shopping.
Designer Tip: Use non-traditional items to decorate your tables. For example, in this tablescape I used a plaid scarf instead of a tablecloth or table runner. In fact, I use scarves and throws all the time for tablescapes. I love things that can serve double duty!
The Shopping List
Before I sat out to make the shopping list of items needed for this tablescape, I took stock of items I already had on hand that would work with the look and theme.
Items on hand: Burlap place mats ✔ Black & White Buffalo Check Chargers ✔ White Plates and Accent Pumpkin Plates ✔ Napkins ✔ Faux Pumkins ✔ Plaid Scarf to Be Used as Table Runner ✔
Items needed: (1) A wagon of sorts to simulate a hayride; (2) Various woodland creatures; (3) Hay bales in two sizes – four small ones for the wagon and six mini hay bales for the name place card holders; (4) Name place cards to stick into mini hay bales; and (5) A small basket, faux apples, and Fall flowers
Sometimes I’m as Stubborn as a Mule, But That Can Be a Great Thing!
My shopping list seemed easy enough, but finding a wagon was proving to be a challenge. You see, just any old small wagon wouldn’t do. I had a very specific idea in mind for the wagon. I wanted it to be wooden, have a country-like look and feel, and of course, it had to be the perfect size to fit my needs. No easy task, my friends!
I was almost at the point of revising my design plan, but being the stubborn gal that
I am I can be, I wasn’t going down without a fight! I just knew in my heart that something like I had imagined had to exist somewhere. But where? Time was running out, fast!
I decided to visit At Homes, again. And eureka! There it was! The adorable, little wooden, country-like wagon, in the perfect size that I had imagined in my mind, tucked way in the back of a bottom shelf. Whew! Being
stubborn persistent pays off!
I Present to You…A Woodland Creature Picnic Thanksgiving Kids Table
I love how this Thanksgiving Kids Table turned out. And I love that I was able to bring all of my ideas to fruition for this tablescape. Out of the three Thanksgiving tablescapes that I did for the magazine, this one is my absolute favorite!
Want to See The Other Thanksgiving Tablescapes I Created for This Magazine?
If you’d like to see the other Thanksgiving tablescapes I created for the magazine, you can find those here.
Need More Ideas?
If you’re in need of more ideas, I’ve got you covered! You can check out my Pinterest Seasonal Food & Home Decor – Fall board here, my Instagram here, and my Facebook business page here. Please be sure to follow me on all platforms, as well as sign for my newsletter (sign up found in sidebar) because I’m always sharing new decorating ideas, things I do in my own home, and design client projects too.
Thanks for Stopping By!
Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you love this adorable Thanksgiving Kid’s Table as much as I do!