(I updated the shots of the Adults Table to daytime pictures. Please check it out.)
Contrary to my usual M.O. of focusing entirely on whether my decor pleases me and whether the food is up to my standards, I actually remembered my own children and other people’s were attending this holiday gathering and–gasp!–made provision for their entertainment! What? No! YES!!
I’m super proud of the kids table this year. Not because it’s so fabulously beautiful or anything, but because a) I didn’t buy anything new for it AT ALL, and b) the activities books and crafts I made for the kids were a colossal success.
I printed up activity books for each kid with puzzles and a coloring page.
In addition to their drink cup, the kids got a cup with (color coordinated) crayons, a little foam and thimble turkey craft, and a sheet of glue dots with which to assemble it. (I found these in my co-op preschool bin from 4 years ago. Thank you, Oriental Trading Co.)
Consequence: Best Thanksgiving Ever. Not a word of whining. Not a bit of bad behavior. The kids were loving their activities so much, they hardly cared about eating. Then as soon as they had eaten a little bit, they went back to playing with their crafts.
But even the liminal tweens (tautology) participated.
And several of the turkeys even got assembled in a recognizable fashion.