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I’ve sat and prepared my share of kids’ tables over the years between birthdays, family or friend dinners and holidays. Sometimes coming up with all kinds of (what I thought would be) fun activities and decorations and sometimes just using whatever is used at the adults’ table. I think this is our all-time favorite and most successful way to set up a kids’ holiday table without a lot of fuss. We are lucky enough to enjoy most holiday meals outside here in Phoenix. Depending on how many friends and family we have we can set up several tables or just one big table. It makes it easy to setup out of the way of the kitchen and even easier to clean up! Plus we have all the extra room in the backyard for the kids to run around and get out some pre-dinner energy. To prep for a big dinner, the first thing that you want to make sure you have on hand are the plates, cups, cutlery and napkins. For parties and holidays Chinet® Classic White™ plates and platters are my go to. They are sturdy, made in the USA, are made from recycled material and can be composted after you use them, but most of all because they offer the easiest cleanup! I love that I can buy them ahead of time and they are easy to store and use whenever we need to because they are perfect for any event. Here are some tips for creating a successful kids’ holiday table this year:
- Go with simple plates and cutlery. Chinet Classic White plates are perfect because they let the kids and the food be the color at the party!
- Cover the table in paper or add some paper placemats.
- Add some crayons or other coloring tools near each place setting. With the paper already on the tables, kids can keep themselves busy coloring or playing games!
- Keep the centerpieces or decorations super simple. The less on the table the better.
- Add some snacks. A light non-filling snack keeps kids from getting too cranky before the big meal.
- Get the kids involved with the toast. Kids want to feel special with “fancy” drinks too so don’t forget the sparkling cider for the kids’ table!
I love how this kids table setup is all white. You can cover the entire table with paper if you have kids that won’t keep the color on the paper, or just add strips of paper like a placemat. You can even add their names to the bottom so they know right where to sit. I like to add a variety of plate sizes so the kids feel like they have choices and so that there’s plenty of room for no food to touch. Just in case. It’s a good idea to keep extra on hand as well (which is easy with Chinet plates). For your next holiday let the kids (and the food) create the color for the table and go with Chinet Classic White plates and products check out this link to learn more! What are your best kids’ table tips?