Did your family have a “kids table” for big holiday get-togethers? We did, and it was always my goal to grow old enough to move up to the adults table. Maybe part of the problem is that the grown-up table was nicely decorated for the event, while the kids table was devoid of holiday cheer. This year there are enough children between my sisters and I to necessitate having a kids table-sorry, kiddos! 😉 I thought I’d bring some festive Disney-themed fun by putting together some DIY Thanksgiving kids table decor.
The plan was to make something that would keep the little guys occupied, while also looking Thanksgiving-y. I went on Amazon to find Disney figurines. The choices are endless! While some Frozen characters would have made the twins happy, I wasn’t sure their nephew would be so excited. I settled on some Mickey and friends since Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is a favorite in this house!
Here is the materials list:
Small (8 oz.) mason jars
1 roll of ribbon
Hot glue gun
To make the jars, first measure out the ribbon to go around the jar. It should overlap just a little bit. Arrange the ribbon so that the end will fall in the center of the circular imprint on the jars (these are found on Ball brand jars). Glue it in place at the ends and at the point halfway across from the ends so that the ribbon stays straight.
Next, glue on some floral accent where the ribbon ends are. After that, glue the figurines over the place where the floral accent and ribbon ends are. The Disney characters cover up all the glue and stems pretty well!
Once the jars are decorated you can use them for a couple of different things. You can put tealight candles inside the jars for a bright centerpiece arrangement. Kids can use them for juice cups. They can be filled with snacks to keep children busy as they wait for dinner. Or you can put crayons inside the jars so kids can do Thanksgiving crafts.
Our jars are filled with Pirate’s Booty, Chex Mix, Pop Chip veggie chips, and crayons. While I do want my kids to be a part of Thanksgiving dinner, it isn’t always prepared in time for hungry little tummies. I wanted to give the kids treats that could be left out and wouldn’t make s huge mess if spilled. Maybe the veggies in the Pop Chips will give them a vitamin boost too!
Instead of using a regular tablecloth, I found rolls of brown wrapping paper at the Dollar Tree. By taping this over the table, it gives the kids a big coloring paper! They are still at an age where they love coloring, so this is another great way to keep them occupied while the moms get dinner ready.
The whole thing was pretty inexpensive and can be used year after year. The girls were so excited to see Mickey and “pink Mickey” on their table (they haven’t learned Minnie’s name yet- ha ha!). Hopefully this festive craft will liven up your kids table as well!