As a child I wanted nothing more than to sit at the grown-up table at Thanksgiving, mostly because the kid's table was small, segregated from the rest of the crowd, and boring. And being one of the older kids, I was always the one cutting everyone's turkey, buttering rolls, refilling glasses, and getting more gravy from the grown-up's table (although I didn't mind this so much because I got to eavesdrop on what was being discussed). Now that I'm an adult and can sit at the grown-up's table, I've come to realize that sitting at the kid's table was pretty nice. Discussion amongst the grown-ups usually revolves around how exhausted we are from cooking for the past three days, what's ailing us, do we have enough wine, or how so-and-so shot a 10 point buck.
Making the kid's table function as not only a dining table but a fun table will definitely allow for all you grown-ups to linger over your meals a bit longer, but you may get distracted by all the fun the kid's are having.
For the setting, buy a large roll of brown or white paper at your local craft store and use that as the tablecloth, and using a dark marker, draw rectangles or circles for place mats. Leave a single marker or crayon on each plate inviting each child to draw on the tablecloth (and by only giving each of them one, it means they have to share with the others if they want to use a different color).
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For the centerpiece, give the kids their very own turkey, but not the cooked kind. Using paper bags, create a turkey that the kids will have fun carving to find out what's hidden inside. Instructions on how to make this turkey can be found here.
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I'm not sure how many kids really truly love pie (I still don't even like pie, but I know that makes me weird), so this cupcake recipe is sure to end their meal on a perfect note.
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