Thanksgiving Dinner Table Design

Nicole SteegerContributor

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and we hope everyone has something to be thankful for this year. We are thankful for our friend, Paula, at Frog Prince Paperie who stopped by to share her adorable "We are so thankful" holiday design. If you are looking to really impress your family and friends, this Thanksgiving design would surely do the trick. Let's take a look at Paula's beautiful creation:

Around November, visions of turkey, pumpkin pie and Andouille sausage stuffing start dancing through my head. The whole month, we start look forward to the time spent around the dinner table with those we love. And nothing says love in my family like good food – unless it’s a beautifully set table. 

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In years past, I’ve made a “kids’ table” for the children to sit at apart from the adults; banishing the kids to their own space works out well when there’s a big crowd gathering to eat. This year for a million reasons, it will be just my nuclear family for dinner. I imagine that we aren’t the only ones not seating for twenty, so I created some inspiration for those wanting a kid-friendly table that appeals to adults as well. Don’t worry about elegance when  setting a table for kids. If you have them and have eaten with them, you already know it doesn’t work. We went with bright and bold colors layered with lots of texture to make a table that feels warm and inviting. Colored mason jars with trendy billy buttons and a runner made from a length of fabric were the center of attention (and easy!) 

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Each place at the table was set with a fun plate topped with an orange napkin. The napkin was wrapped in burlap ribbon for texture and a thin orange satin ribbon for contrast. Our “We are so thankful” printables were a great accent. Silverware in turkey branded holders were a fun and colorful addition. Finishing the place settings were the busy boxes for the kids to play with and place cards. The place cards are a must have for kid tables – they love seeing their names and it isan easy thing to do to make them feel extra special. 

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Occupied kids are happy kids. Once dinner is done, let them reach for a “busy box” at their place setting. We filled ours with crayons, playdough, and a Thanksgiving thankful turkey craft. It’s just enough to give them something to do while finishing dinner as a family. Something new we tried this year (since my oldest can now read) were conversation starters. There were giggles all around at the table, so we’ve declared them a hit! Pie is the star of the show on Thanksgiving! All the other fussy desserts are not needed on turkey day, so hostess can breathe a sigh of relief that setting up an attractive table is a snap! A few nice florals and some cake stands to rest your pies on are all you need. Don’t forget pint-sized pies for the kids. They’ll love you for it. 

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For more party inspiration and to find the printables seen in this party, stop by the Frog Prince Paperie shop. [slideshow] Happy Thanksgiving!

How will you be celebrating the holiday this year? Let us know in the comments below!

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