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Last-Minute Thanksgiving Dishes & Table Setting Ideas

November 19, 2014
Fun and Festive Idea for a Kids' Table at Thanksgiving! Very thrifty, too! | View From The Fridge

1 week and 1 day.

Yep, Thanksgiving is fact approaching, my friends. Where has November gone? Actually … up here in Minnesota it feels like it went straight from Halloween to mid-December with the snow and below zero wind chills recently.

But really … I can’t fully commit myself to the Christmas season until the day after Thanksgiving, so let’s focus here.  We’ve got food to eat (and lots of it), things to be grateful for (that really should be everyday), football to watch, and then … Black Friday shopping to hash out!

Are you ready for the big feast? If you’re hosting, and you’re looking for some last minute ideas, you’ve come to the right place!

Today, I’ve teamed up with more than 25 bloggers to share some EASY, LAST MINUTE ideas for Thanksgiving food and Table Settings!  And actually … a week and a day ahead of time isn’t exactly last minute.  You’ve got plenty of time (and if you’re like me, you’ll wait a little bit longer to start really planning …. ).

Let me give you a glimpse of all the ideas you can browse after this post …

27 EASY & LAST MINUTE Thanksgiving Ideas {Food & Tablesettings}!!

I’m here today sharing a fun {and very thrifty} idea for a Thanksgiving Kids’ Table!

Fun and Festive Idea for a Kids' Table at Thanksgiving!  Very thrifty, too!  |  View From The FridgeThis whole idea started with a bunch of empty toilet paper rolls that have been taking over my bathroom cabinet.  (yes … I have a hard time throwing them away … you just never know when you might need Turkey Napkin Rings, right?).  

Do you think people will be grossed out by the fact that something that had been sitting in our bathroom for a bit (and more specifically … sitting right next to the toilet) is now on their plate?  Oh well … that’s why this is a KIDS’ table setting idea.  I guarantee they don’t care.

Okay, so like I said … it all started with toilet paper rolls that I wanted to make into cute napkin rings, and then it turned into a whole table setting idea for the kids’ table.

Humor me here … What makes a good kids’ Thanksgiving Day Table?

Well … here where my thoughts (and since I have preschoolers, this is geared more toward that age):

  1. First, and most importantly, everything involved in this table setting must be okay to get completely food covered and filthy.
  2. Secondly, you need some sort of entertainment to keep them occupied just in case they have to wait more than 10 seconds for anything (god forbid!).
  3. Next, something cute and funny is always a hit (but also something that doesn’t take much time or effort to create … since they probably will get a kick out of it for a minute … maybe).
  4. And finally … something sweet for dessert.  Maybe wrapped up as a surprise that they can old open once they’ve eaten a ‘good’ dinner??  (We love bribing leverage in this household … no judging.)

So … here’s what I came up with for our Kids’ Thanksgiving Table:

The main focal point of the whole set up is these fun Toilet Paper Roll Turkey Napkin Rings:

Fun and Festive Idea for a Kids' Table at Thanksgiving!  Very thrifty, too!  |  View From The Fridge

For these napkin rings, you’ll need the following:

  • TP Rolls (1/2 a roll per place setting)
  • Spray paint to paint TP Roll if desired.
  • 4 colors of felt
  • Googly Eyes
  • Thick Ric Rac
  • Hot Glue Gun

I took a bunch of pictures as I made these, but it’s almost too simple to even show you the step-by-step pictures, so here’s the gist:

  1. Cut a standard toilet paper roll in half.
  2. Spray paint your two pieces if desired (I used my copper spray paint because I’m slightly obsessed with it, but you could totally leave the roll unpainted).
  3. Using four colors of felt, cut individual feather shape out (I drew a stencil freehand on a piece of thin cardboard, and then traced that onto each piece of felt).
  4. Hot glue the feathers onto the TP Roll.
  5. Glue on the eyes.
  6. Cut a triangle out of orange felt for beak (again … freehand), and glue onto roll.
  7. I used a piece of thick Ric Rac cut into the shape of a snood and glued that on.  Did you know that’s what that red dangly thing on Turkeys is called?  I just googled … who knew (obviously, not me).  Good trivia for Thanksgiving.

That’s it!  Roll up a paper napkin, and stick it inside!

Fun and Festive Idea for a Kids' Table at Thanksgiving!  Very thrifty, too!  |  View From The Fridge

Next for the entertainment …

A tablecloth they can decorate themselves!

We simply laid down a sheet of Kraft paper as a ‘tablecloth’, outlined some ‘placemats’ with a sharpie, and set a cup of crayons in the middle of the table.

Fun and Festive Idea for a Kids' Table at Thanksgiving! Very thrifty, too! | View From The Fridge

And finally … for those sweet treats (and bribing points for us excellent parents):

I just bought some little brown treat bags from the craft store, filled with a fun cookie, folded over and taped with some washi tape, secured with some baker’s twine (mainly for looks), added a feather for fun, and stuck on a letter sticker for the kiddo’s name.

Fun and Festive Idea for a Kids' Table at Thanksgiving! Very thrifty, too! | View From The Fridge

Then I added 2 gold pears to the table for absolutely no practical reason.  I just liked how they looked (and I don’t think the kids can destroy them … and don’t care if they do).


Now that you’ve got the kids’ table all figured out … hop on over to these blogs to check out ideas for the FOOD (obviously … this is probably key for Thanksgiving), and more table setting ideas for the grown ups!

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Now I want to know  … how do you handle the kids table (or do you even have one)?  Last year, I sat at the kids’ table for the whole meal, while the adults ate at random places throughout our house.  This year we finally have a dining room table to fit a large group!!!  (we’ll be on folding chairs if I don’t find some dining room chairs ASAP, however).

Thanks for stopping by today!  More Thanksgiving ideas to come this evening at Cook it! Craft it! Share it! link party, so be sure to stop back by!

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  • Reply Sonya~At Home with The Barkers November 19, 2014 at 7:01 am

    This table setting is ADORABLE!! My kids would have loved it when they were little…they are teenagers now and they might still love it 😉
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    • Reply Katie November 19, 2014 at 8:08 pm

      Ha! Tablecloths that you can draw on are sort of fun for everyone, right?!?! Thanks for stopping by! Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Reply Lynn November 19, 2014 at 8:16 am

    I love this… It would be great for my 2 little ones!!
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    • Reply Katie November 19, 2014 at 8:07 pm

      My two little ones make quite the masterpiece of the tablecloth after I took the pictures … huge hit!

    • Reply Katie November 19, 2014 at 8:23 pm

      Thanks, Lynn! My littles loved it (though it didn’t look as cute when they were finished)!

  • Reply Vanessa November 19, 2014 at 9:14 am

    I love the kids table. I am going to do this. Lovely
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    • Reply Katie November 19, 2014 at 8:06 pm

      Thanks, Vanessa! Couldn’t be easier! Good luck and Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Reply Leslie @ House on the Way November 19, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Such a cute kid’s table! Perfect!
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    • Reply Katie November 19, 2014 at 8:05 pm

      Thanks, Leslie!

  • Reply DeDe@DesignedDecor November 19, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    So cute and creative!
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    • Reply Katie November 19, 2014 at 8:57 pm

      Thanks, DeDe!

  • Reply RandiG @FrugElegance November 19, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Great idea! Love the idea to have a table cloth kids can decorate. So fun!
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    • Reply Katie November 19, 2014 at 8:57 pm

      Thanks, Randi!

  • Reply Marilyn November 20, 2014 at 10:54 am

    WOW, I LOVE this table settting…your napkin rings are simply adorable and the feathers! :)
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  • Reply Erin November 20, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    This is so much fun! I love the turkeys and feathers. Super cute. Pinning :)
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  • Reply Courtney @ Crafts by Courtney November 20, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    This table setting looks adorable! the kids are going to love it for sure. It looks like something from Pottery Barn!
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