Easy Thanksgiving Day Kids’ Table

by Alli

Before I scored my huge dining room table, I always needed a separate table for the grand kids on Thanksgiving.  To be honest, I’ve always loved styling the kids’ space as much as I do the adult table.

Currently I have two grands that are 5 and under, so I decided to go ahead and create an easy Thanksgiving Day Kids’ Table to keep them busy before the meal is served.

Helpful Hint:  Kids have a tendency to be much more excited at special dinners such as Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Always have a few non noise making toys, coloring books, crayons, activity books, etc. on hand.  The parents and other guests will be thankful!

In case you missed it, here’s the kid’s table I did a couple of years ago.

When I was wondering how I would style this year’s table, I came across some contact paper with a twist.  It’s chalkboard contact paper complete with chalk and a tiny little towel to wipe away mistakes and I knew I had to incorporate it into my design as a table runner.

My round coffee table was chosen with my grandchildren in mind and makes a perfect place for kids to eat!  It’s rustic, industrial and can take a beating, but what I like about it the most is that you can adjust the height.

Since all of my grands are boys, I couldn’t get too fru fru with the centerpiece, so I used 2 very old toy trucks and loaded the back-end with small pumpkins.  Easy, peasy, but so boyish and indestructible!  It’s A-OK to play with this centerpiece!

Thanksgiving Day Kids' Table

I bought the cute little Indians, complete with crayons, at Hobby Lobby.  The “chargers” are the owl chair back covers that I used last year.  The seating is my blue garden stools.  They match the napkins beautifully.  The kids won’t notice, but I will.

Helpful Hint:  When styling a table for kids, never use breakable or complicated centerpieces or lighted candles.  If you need candles to tie in with the adult table, use battery operated ones in unbreakable candle holders.

Easy Ideas for the kids table


I know the grands will have a blast drawing pictures with chalk while the finishing touches are being added to our Thanksgiving dinner.  Speaking of chalk, these little chalk board tags (from Amazon) can be used over and over and make the cutest place cards.



Place Cards

Thanksgiving Kids' Table

Disney has some great autumn centerpiece and craft ideas.  I really like the one below.  Click here for more!

Kids' Table Thanksgiving Centerpiece

How do you style your Thanksgiving kids’ table?


Carmody November 3, 2014 - 6:35 am

Love Love Love this table. I love the rustic truck as a centerpiece.

Alli November 3, 2014 - 8:06 am

Thanks, Carmody! The kids love those trucks and they can’t destroy them! 🙂

Leigh Powell Hines November 3, 2014 - 7:02 am

Your children’s tables are beautiful. Love them.

Alli November 3, 2014 - 8:05 am

Thanks, Leigh! Kids can’t sit still for long, so I always try to have something on hand for them to do.

Skye @ Planet Jinxatron November 3, 2014 - 7:42 am

Thank you for thinking of kids’ activities! As parents we made the mistake a couple of times of taking our kiddo to a family gathering without bringing anything for him to do, never again. Young kids do want to visit with their relatives, but they can’t be expected to simply “sit and talk” for several hours!

Alli November 3, 2014 - 8:04 am

I’ve always had to remind my dad that toddlers can’t just sit on the sofa for hours! 🙂

Jeanette Ford November 3, 2014 - 8:16 am

So cute! I wish I would have done this with all of my children. Now most of them are teens. But will keep in mind for when the grandkids start coming. Thanks!

Shirley Wood November 3, 2014 - 8:18 am

We do still have a kids table at Thanksgiving and we always style it to make it special. Your kids table looks like so much fun for the boys! I know they are looking forward to that special time at Grandma’s! Love those old truck’s hauling pumpkins!

Kita November 3, 2014 - 9:29 am

This is great I don’t have a kids table not enough kids in our family as of yet but this is a great idea and it would great if the kids got involved and helped decorate.

Alli November 3, 2014 - 10:48 am

One of my grandsons loves to cook and help out in the kitchen. He would enjoy helping with the decor, too!

Paris (My Big Fat Happy Life) November 3, 2014 - 9:52 am

I love your kids table! Especially the vintage trucks with small pumpkins! I agree with having items to entertain the kids, definitely helps pass the time!

Alli November 3, 2014 - 10:48 am

I try to always have a bag of tricks for the kids. I don’t like for the kids to get bored.

Colleen November 3, 2014 - 10:09 am

Those old truck centerpieces are adorable. I might have to borrow that idea! Beautiful table settings.

Alli November 3, 2014 - 10:47 am

I’m still thinking about how much I love your new dining room color. Yum! 🙂 Beautiful room!

Nicole Keener November 3, 2014 - 10:27 am

This is really cute, our Thanksgiving is usually very small, I’m from Germany and really don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, so our daughter sits with us on the table.

Tammy November 3, 2014 - 10:57 am

Your table is so adorable!!! I love the truck. My hubby has a couple trucks like that and I decorate with them also. We sometimes forget about this kids table, which at 55+ I still have to sit at sometimes, which I enjoy!!

Alli November 3, 2014 - 11:31 am

I love sitting at the kids table, especially trying to fit into their little chairs! 🙂

Heather Johnson November 3, 2014 - 11:00 am

how adorable!!!! makes me wish i had kids! (haha no not really)

Alli November 3, 2014 - 11:30 am

That’s a good one, Heather! 🙂

Karissa | Sweet as a Cookie November 3, 2014 - 11:15 am

So cute! Can I sit at the kids table too? 🙂

Alli November 3, 2014 - 11:29 am

Of course! 🙂

Missy November 3, 2014 - 11:15 am

this is adorable!

Louida November 3, 2014 - 11:24 am

No I don’t style the kid’s table on Thanksgiving but these are some really great ideas Alli!

Anna @ Northern Homestead November 3, 2014 - 12:09 pm

Those trucks are to cute! Love the idea to have some activities for the kids, too. You are a great grandma.

Alli November 3, 2014 - 3:47 pm

Thanks, Anna! I try. 🙂

Kristen from The Road to Domestication November 3, 2014 - 2:39 pm

This is so cute, Alli! Makes the littles feel special, I like it!

Alli November 3, 2014 - 3:47 pm

It keeps them from being bored, that’s for sure.

Amanda {Planning It All} November 3, 2014 - 6:06 pm

Great ideas! Our family’s not quite large enough to have a kids’ table but I will definitely use some of these ideas when we need one!

WendyKate November 3, 2014 - 9:23 pm

What a cute idea. Makes me realize I need to get to planning for my Thanksgiving decor!

LifeAsAConvert November 3, 2014 - 9:44 pm

I’ve never styled my kids table.. I guess this is an “Aha!” moment for me 🙂

Zan November 3, 2014 - 11:02 pm

Great idea! I was only planning on doing some coloring sheets for them but I am kind of inspired by this post to do a little more. I love the rustic looking trucks!! I also clicked to see your before posts – love both!

Alli November 4, 2014 - 5:09 am

Thanks, Zan! I’ll be downloading some coloring sheets, too! Got to keep those little ones busy. 🙂

Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai November 4, 2014 - 2:25 am

Adorable! I did a kid’s table for Easter this year for Luke’s 2 and 5 year old great nieces. They LOVED it. What a great idea to use chalkboard contact paper as a runner. 🙂

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Alli November 4, 2014 - 5:10 am

Easter tables are fun to do for kids! I did a candy buffet for my grands last Easter. They loved helping themselves with the little scoops. 🙂

Michelle November 4, 2014 - 10:52 am

Cute table!!! Love the little pumpkins!

shauna November 4, 2014 - 10:56 am

so cute!

Amberjane November 6, 2014 - 4:22 am

Thanks for linking up to Pin Worthy Wednesday, I have pinned your post to the Pin Worthy Wednesday Pinterest Board. I love the idea of a special kids table so much that I had a kids table at my wedding with play dough and colouring books 🙂

Alli November 6, 2014 - 5:36 am

Thanks so much for the pin! Would love for you to stop by the Pretty Pintastic Party on Friday!


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