A Thoughtful Place: Kids Table: Work of Art

11.08.2010

Kids Table: Work of Art

Do you ever see an idea in a magazine and almost explode with giddiness because it’s such a great idea? That is how I felt when I sat down with my new People magazine and stumbled upon Mark Held’s idea for a Thanksgiving children’s table. It’s beyond simple . . . but pure genius. The great thing is that it can be adapted for any holiday or celebration. I shopped the house and came up with this in literally ten minutes. After the kids saw it, they couldn’t wait to eat dinner.

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So simple, right! I used our Ikea butcher paper roll as the runner and then tossed the children’s coloring tools in some jars and pails. The flameless candles are fantastic for any table that involves children. So the next time you need to put together a kids’ table, consider it turning into a work of art {might lengthen the time they spend at the table . . . which means more time for the adults to chat!}.

Linking it Up:

Sunday:     Under the Table and Dreaming

Monday:    Between Naps on the Porch

                    Keeping it Simple

                    Making the World Cuter

Tuesday:     A Stroll Through Life

Thursday    Somewhat Simple

                    Just a Girl

Friday        The Shabby Nest

30 comments :

  1. You've done a great job, and such simple ideas to re-create. I can see nought & crosses ang hang man games as they get older! :) x

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  2. Very cute Courtney! I can see why they would be excited to eat at that table.

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  3. So functional and FUN! Way to go mom!

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  4. We did something like this last year for thanksgiving and could barely get the girls to eat, thay loved it so much. It is something we will definitely do for years to come

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  5. We did this when I was a kid, it really is a great solution! Your version is wonderful! Janell

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  6. What a great idea, and it looks like this would keep the kids busy until the adults finished. I'll have to file this one away until mine is a little older!

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  7. Love your styling. This idea is fabulous!

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  8. Awesome idea, even awesomer execution! It's simple, practical, and beautiful.

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  9. Great idea. I may try something like this for my grandguys.

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  10. Ahhhh, I see you set a place for James!! :) So great to give the kiddos a special table that will keep them entertained. Those candles are a great idea.

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  11. Love how you gave the kid's table some flair! I think adults would secretly appreciate the paper and crayons too - seriously - should I do that for Thanksgiving? That would be kind of amusing with the china & crystal!
    Everything you do is fabulous, Courtney!

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  12. cute, cute, cute!!!! it's like macaroni grill at your house!

    girl, get the modpodge after your silver buckets! ;)

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  13. What a great idea! I know some adults who might enjoy it too.

    -Rene

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  14. That is a really cute idea. I would probly even like this for myself at the 'Big Kid' table ha!

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  15. Oh, that's so cute! My kids would love it!Thanks for stopping by & leaving a comment!

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  16. Oh I love it!!! What a great idea. Now I really need to remember this for when I have the small grandchildren here. Such a fabulous idea and so creative. It looks wonderful. Hugs, Marty

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  17. LOVE this idea! Totally cute and practical I can see why the kids were excited for it too!

    Luvs!

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  18. Perfect to keep little ones having fun. I love the turkeys on the paper! I agree, this could even be really fun at a grown up party. We love to doodle too.

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  19. Totally cute idea!! Imagine the "priceless" art that will come out of this!!

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  20. That is super sweet. I love the idea. I actually know a few adults who would enjoy a table set that way too. I have a few artists in our family and it would be such a fun time sitting around having lunch and everyone coming up with a scene to share.

    Great idea.
    Blessings,
    Susan @CluckleBees

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  21. THIS IS AWESOME! thanks for the great ideas!

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  22. I wish I had thought of this when my kids were young. I'll have to sock it away for when there are grandkids around! Great idea!
    Sheila

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  23. Thanks! I'm already planning the grandkids' table. But mine will be TOTALLY covered with white butcher paper. I'll try and doll up the crayone holders, but that's about a far as I'll go. It will be their job to "make it pretty."

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  24. Great idea! I'm doing something similar to this for our Thanksgiving kids table -- and I hadn't thought of flameless candles, that's a great idea :)

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  25. Such a good idea! I even like drawing on the tables at Macaroni Grill when my bf and I go there! I love your blog and the design is really nice too! I am still toying around with my "look"! :)Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  26. Such a neat idea. i recently saw children's tables at a wedding and thought that was brilliant. The flameless candles are awesome. To be honest, those crayons make ME want to draw!

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  27. Great idea-- I have already seen so many tablescapes for adults--this is the FIRST for kids! Nice way to keep their little hands busy. I am having my first link party tomorrow at Vintage Pollyanna. Will you join me? http://vintagepollyanna.blogspot.com/2010/11/join-me-on-tuesdays-for-new-link-party.html

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