I think most of us are familiar with the “kids’ table”. It is the holiday dining table for those who either don’t fit at the “real” table or for those who are considered too young or immature to sit with the grown-ups. Personally, I like sitting with the kids. They sometimes tell the best stories and have the most authentic list of things they are thankful for in their little lives.
For the kids in my life, I created a special setting for this year. I used four colors of liquid Rit Dye and products I purchased at A.C. Moore, the only and best craft store in my town of Apex, NC. I am in love with the way it turned out and how incredibly simple it was to put together. After we took pictures, we tested it out for dinner and it is a “go”!
I made the table runner first using a pre-sewn canvas product made by Canvas Corp. I doodled some family sayings on it with Elmers Glue, let it dry then dyed it in Cocoa Brown. I love the way the glue comes out when it gets rinses, leaving behind the clear messages. I added buttons from my line with Buttons Galore with embroidery floss on the runner to embellish it a little.
Next I made the centerpiece with Canvas Corp’s minis, spelling out T-H-A-N-K-F-U-L in Elmers Glue then dyeing in Rit Dye’s Dark Green. I dyed fringe (also from Canvas Corp) in a mix of Wine and Cocoa Brown then rinsed everything and let it dry completely. I used Velcro to attach the minis to the fringe in a way that the kids could take them on and off and spell “thankful” over and over. To make it stand on the table, I used Mason Jars filled with a potpourri pine cone mix that smells great.
I tie dyed old white napkins (actually white bandanas) in Cocoa Brown and Wine and made napkin rings from wooden cutouts shaped like fall leaves. To make the ring, I used Velcro attached to ribbon that I hot glued to the back of the wooden cutouts.
And to celebrate, I created a CHEERS wine sac with a pre-sewn product from Canvas Corp. It is my FAVORITE part of the table. The kids love the sparkling juice and this makes it even more special. It will happily live in this bag until the holiday dinner. I used the same techniques and method for this as I did the table runner.
I cut paper to make coasters that the kids could decorate. To attach the papers together I used my favorite…Glue Dots! To make the table even more kid friendly, I dyed little wooden pumpkin holders and added a dyed wooden leaf then filled with Crayolas. With butcher paper over the table cloth, running down both sides, the kids have a place to doodle and dream.
I think celebrations are most special when they make the kids feel like their role in the family matters, that they are important! They will all help me cook and prepare so I am sure there is lots more to come before the holidays actually arrive. Being the mom/stepmom in my family is the best part of my life. It inspires me every day to create magic for them so they will be empowered to create on their own.
PS: Meet the color family!