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How to Create a Thanksgiving Kids Table

We’re less than a week away from the big day!  Thanksgiving that is!  What will you be doing this weekend to get ready?  Use my planning printables to help you get the turkey on the table in time.  I know I’ll be making my grocery and shopping lists!  Plus, I’m breaking tradition and probably going to be putting the tree up before Thanksgiving this weekend.  I’m just feeling in the spirit I guess.  Maybe because it snowed yesterday, so it feels like Christmas already.

If you need some more Thanksgiving inspiration, look no further.  Especially if you have kids that will be partaking in your feast.  Did anyone else grow up with a kids table on Thanksgiving day?  I didn’t really, but I’d love to sit at the kids table I put together for you today!

Click here for ideas on setting up a kids Thanksgiving Table so cute you'll want to sit there too!You’ll need a few key things to keep the kids entertained while hopefully eating turkey and not just dessert.  First, if you have a table that is just the right height for little guests, they’ll feel more comfortable in their space.  Plus you won’t have to worry about them falling off of tall chairs.

Next, I highly suggest putting some butcher paper or kraft paper down as a base.  It creates an easy clean-up and allows kids to color away while they wait to eat.

Click here for ideas on setting up a kids Thanksgiving Table so cute you'll want to sit there too!Then, be sure to use paper plates.  There is no need to have to risk your china or even casual plates getting broken, chipped, or drawn on.  I also recommend paper or plastic cups.  They are so much lighter for little hands to pick up.  Cocktail sized plastic cups are the perfect size for my two year old.

Plastic flatware is also a great choice since little hands barely use them anyway.  Why use a perfectly good fork when you have your hands?!

Click here for ideas on setting up a kids Thanksgiving Table so cute you'll want to sit there too!

Click here for ideas on setting up a kids Thanksgiving Table so cute you'll want to sit there too!Now, I’m pretty sure restaurants are on to something with the coloring sheets and crayons they have to keep kids occupied.  So incorporate that into your Thanksgiving kids table.  Add a jar, basket, or individual boxes of crayons to the table and let the kids go wild.  They’ve got a great spot to color on the butcher paper.

Click here for ideas on setting up a kids Thanksgiving Table so cute you'll want to sit there too!Or provide some themed coloring sheets for them to decorate.  It’s pretty easy to find a Thanksgiving coloring book that you can tear a few pages out of, or just print some off after a quick Pinterest search.  Better yet, Pier 1 has these great Thanksgiving activity placemats.

Click here for ideas on setting up a kids Thanksgiving Table so cute you'll want to sit there too!If your kids get tired of coloring, I mean their attention spans barely exist, try an activity.  I purchased these turkey headbands at Hobby Lobby.  They will let the kids at your Thanksgiving spend a few minutes sticking feathers and turkey faces onto squishy foam.  I’d recommend tying the elastic strap for them, but once they’re done, it will be so fun for them to wear while eating.

Click here for ideas on setting up a kids Thanksgiving Table so cute you'll want to sit there too!There you have it.  A few things to help keep the kids entertained so you can enjoy your wine, or second helping of turkey and gravy.  Do you plan on having a kids table on Thanksgiving?  Try to incorporate a few of these ideas to make your kids table so cute and even more functional!

There’s more Thanksgiving inspiration next week too!  Hostess gifts and cocktail recipes are coming at you.  Between the planning guide and everything next week, you’ll be set for a great Thanksgiving!

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The Ultimate Thanksgiving Planning Guide with FREE Printables

We’re 9 days away from Thanksgiving!!!  However, does hosting Thanksgiving stress you out? Well, no fear, I’m here to help you have a smooth, less stressful, and easy Thanksgiving. You can print out everything you need to plan your Thanksgiving festivities.

To get you started print out this great grocery and shopping list. It has categories for everything you will need to buy. I modeled my lists after the amazing paper creation that Emily from Jones Design Company does with her Paperworks subscription.  I use to be a subscriber and her grocery list lay out alone completely changed the way I grocery shop.

Need help planning your Thanksgiving feast? Use these printables to make it easy as pie!Categorizing your grocery list based on how the grocery store is designed totally reduces the amount of time you’ll be in the store. If you find yourself forgetting things or having to go back and forth between aisles, try categorizing your grocery list. You’ll be able to just hit one area of the store and get everything you need and won’t have to go back for something you forgot. Meat all in one area, baking stuff all in one area, dairy, produce, frozen items all categorized, yippee, in and out of the store quickly!

The shopping list creates a space for all of those other things that you’ll need for Thanksgiving. For a great Thanksgiving you’ll have to have serving ware, drinks, table décor, and for certain people I know they like to plan out outfits for these kinds of things. If you’re like that too, there’s a place specifically for clothing. Use it as a list of what to buy, or a list of what you plan to wear.

Need help planning your Thanksgiving feast? Use these printables to make it easy as pie!Next in this planning bundle is a set of place cards. What I love about these is that they can be used as name cards, place cards, or even as food labels. If Thanksgiving is more of a buffet style than a family dinner around the table, it’s a great way to label all of the food. Use them to include which dishes contain common allergy ingredients like nuts, dairy, or eggs.

To make the place cards, just print them out on a thicker paper like card stock, cut out the orange card, write names in the blank area and fold in half to create a little tent. Easy as 1, 2, 3, 4!

Now, something revolutionary I’ve started doing in the past few years is using an oven/cooking rotation timeline on Thanksgiving. Our new house is great, and has pretty much everything we could ever want. However, every year when Thanksgiving rolls around, I dream of having double ovens. The dream hasn’t come true yet, therefore I need this cooking timeline sheet.

Need help planning your Thanksgiving feast? Use these printables to make it easy as pie!This printable allows you to plan out when each of your favorite Thanksgiving dishes needs to go in the oven and when it needs to come out. Also include what temperature the dish needs to cook at so you can plan your oven temperatures accordingly. I always recommend starting with the dish that requires the highest temperature.  Therefore you won’t have to wait for your oven to heat up in between dishes. #gamechanger

Hopefully these fun, easy to use sheets help you make Thanksgiving a smashing success! All it takes is a little planning ahead of time to set you on the path to successful hosting.  Just click on the photos above of the printable to download, print, and start planning.

Happy Thanksgiving planning!!  Reminder…9 days people!

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Tablescape Tuesday: A Fall Floral Centerpiece

Wow, how long has it been since there has been a Tablescape Tuesday post? Well, we’re changing that today!  The Tablescape Tuesday series is all about ways to dress up your tables.  Dining tables, coffee tables, buffet tables, dessert tables, and so much.  I feel like adding a little extra something to your table makes entertaining guests more special.

Click here to see tips on using a fall floral centerpiece and tablescape this fall.Using floral centerpieces on a tablescape is nothing new, but how they are arranged can bring some dimension to this tried and true technique.  Using a collection of fall florals I changed up my typical arrangement to make a new kind of centerpiece.  By grouping the flowers in small, short, vases I took one large bouquet from Costco and made three smaller arrangements.  This allows me to really change up how to use the arrangement as a centerpiece.

Click here to see tips on using a fall floral centerpiece and tablescape this fall.One way to use these three smaller vases was by grouping them together in the middle of the table.  This works well with a round table, or if you are short on space.  Plus all three of the arrangements can be seen from all angles.

Click here to see tips on using a fall floral centerpiece and tablescape this fall.Next, I arranged the vases in a row down the middle of the table.  Long centerpieces work great if Thanksgiving is eaten around a long rectangular table.  Vases down the middle of the table allow the centerpiece to be spread out among all the guests.  Plus, there is still room for all of your holiday dishes.

Click here to see tips on using a fall floral centerpiece and tablescape this fall.More than the flower arrangements, I also wanted to make a little seating card display.  This is a really simple one anyone can use.  All you need is a pine cone, some brown card stock, and a pen.  You can write your guests’ names, a cute message, or Thanksgiving trivia on these all purpose seating cards.

Click here to see tips on using a fall floral centerpiece and tablescape this fall.Happy November 1st, I hope you had a great Halloween and are making it through the candy coma ok.  It’s such a fun time of year gearing up for the holidays.  Be ready to see a lot of Thanksgiving themed posts coming up this month!

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One Bar Cart Two Ways: Fall Themed

Welcome back from the weekend!  I hope you all had a great time, we said good bye to my mom who was visiting. Then got caught up on the massive amounts of laundry and cleaning that come after traveling and having visitors.  I probably didn’t get enough done, but it definitely made a dent.

I obviously can’t get enough of everything fall, so this week I’ve turned my bar cart into another festive space.  This week I’ll be showing you two fall ways to use your bar cart.  First up, a fall theme, then later this week things get spooky and I’ll show you how to decorate it for Halloween.

Turn your bar cart into a festive drink station this Fall with a few of these tips. Click through to see!Turn your bar cart into a festive drink station this Fall with a few of these tips. Click through to see!I love this new found space in my garage where I can set things up for you.  It’s great having a large backdrop area to use!  Speaking of backdrops, this gold and white striped wrapping paper packs a big punch and ties into the gold bar cart. Adding some fall touches like pumpkins, pine cones, and wreaths takes your average bar cart to a very festive place.

Turn your bar cart into a festive drink station this Fall with a few of these tips. Click through to see!I picked this bar cart up off of craigslist several years ago.  It was an ugly black plastic, but after a few coats of gold spray paint, I achieved the look I was going for.  Plus, I think it only cost me $10-$15 so it was a steal.  It’s not as sturdy as a metal cart, but we don’t typically move it around much so that’s not an issue for us.

Here are a few other great bart cart options.  This one, this one, and this one would all look fantastic!

Turn your bar cart into a festive drink station this Fall with a few of these tips. Click through to see!Using a festive fall bar cart would be a great way to serve some cozy drinks like Moscow mules, hot apple cider, or apple cider sangria.  For our seventh wedding anniversary this year we ordered these copper mugs from Williams Sonoma.  They look great on the fall bar cart with a few cinnamon sticks.

Turn your bar cart into a festive drink station this Fall with a few of these tips. Click through to see!Turn your bar cart into a festive drink station this Fall with a few of these tips. Click through to see!On the bottom shelf I added a wooden bowl of pine cones and a white pumpkin.  But this would be a great place to store more glasses or bottles of wine if you plan on serving a large crowd.

Turn your bar cart into a festive drink station this Fall with a few of these tips. Click through to see!Turn your bar cart into a festive drink station this Fall with a few of these tips. Click through to see!Using a fall wreath really amps up the fall feel.  Another great idea would be to use a larger scale wreath hanging just above your bar cart serving area.  That would be an excellent addition to a wrapping paper backdrop.

That wraps up the first in the series this week.  Do you have a bar cart?  If so, how do you use it?  If not, do you want one now?  See the Halloween edition later this week!

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8 Entertaining Essentials for Fall

There are just some things that are essential to fall like pumpkin spice lattes, bonfires, and boots.  But I think there are also some very essential fall entertaining items that are a must this time of year.  Here’s a round up of eight things that will make any party feel more like fall.

8 Fall Entertaining Essentials to help you celebrate all season long. Click here to see all of them!1. Copper Mugs

This is a great fall choice for drink ware.  You can use it for the classic moscow mule, hot chocolate, or apple cider.  Plus the copper color really goes with the season.

2. A great Fall Drink Recipe

Apples are all the rage this season so why not use them in a great drink recipe?  These two apple recipes are easy to throw together quickly for an impromptu fall party.  You just need two ingredients for this apple cider mimosa, and only a couple more to make this apple cider sangria.

3. S’mores

It’s not fall without a fire.  Be it a bon fire, fire pit, or the fire on your stove, s’mores and fire just go together.  We absolutely love using our fire pit to make s’mores.  So much so that I have to have an endless supply of s’more ingredients stocked in the pantry.  It’s a great activity to do with guests young and old.

4. Cozy Throws

Using throws around your house throughout the fall really amps up the coziness factor.  When entertaining try using them in unexpected ways.  Use a buffalo check throw as a photo backdrop, or a fury throw as a table cloth.  Using throws unpredictably makes your fall party so much cozier.

 

5. Adding in Wooden Bowls

Wooden bowls add a ton of warmth to any space, countertop, or coffee table.  Fall is all about warmth, so wooden bowls are perfect for this time of year.

 

Talk about loving this amazing wooden centerpiece bowl!  I have been wanting a long wooden bread bowl, and this fits the bill perfectly.  Try using it in the middle of a table as a centerpiece.  How great would it look filled with gourds, pumpkins, and apples for a modern cornicopia look?  I also found some at Ballard Designs that I might like even better!

Love the gold details on this wooden bowl from target.

6. Seasonal Scented Candles

Who doesn’t love the smell of a great candle burning?  It can make your whole home smell like you just baked a pumpkin pie!

The design of this candle from Anthropologie really amps up the feel of fall with not only the smell, but also the look of the candle.

7. A Great Chili Recipe

This time of year is perfect for a nice warm bowl of chili.  You have to have a go to chili recipe and I highly recommend this one.  I made it last week while doing Whole 30 and ate it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

8. A Fall Wreath
Lastly, a fall wreath is very necessary and versatile.  Try using it for a backdrop to your fall dessert buffet instead of just on your front door.  One year, I even used our fall wreath as a centerpiece on our dining table.  Here are several that scream fall.

World Market also has live wreaths which I’m sure smell lovely.

That’s it for my Fall Entertaining Essentials, what are yours?  Do you have something that you just have to have during fall?  Or something to do during fall?  Share it below in the comments!

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Celebrating everyday!