This post has been sponsored by Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
We have lots of kids in our family. I’m not only speaking for my own personal family but for our extended family as well. A meal with my sister’s family or my husband’s brother’s family means that the kids’ table is at least twice the size of the adult table (if not more!). Our holiday gatherings lean heavily towards being kid-friendly. No breakable items here, folks! It’s Sparkle® Paper Towels, Dixie® Paper Plates, and Quilted Northern Ultra Soft & Strong® Toilet Paper all the way! Over the years, I’ve polished the concept of creating a kid-friendly holiday table. Regardless of what winter holiday a family may celebrate, these tips can apply for any festive gathering.
Tip #1 – Use non-breakable paper products. We live in a rural area; Dollar General is the closest and best place to stock up on items like Dixie Paper Plates and Sparkle Paper Towels. I can always find everything that I need at Dollar General, with paper products being conveniently located in one location in the store together. Kids tend to use a different plate for everything in addition to forgetting whose plate is whose. Having a stash of holiday themed Dixie Paper Plates ensures that there are plenty to go around.
Tip #2 – While I recommend paper plates and paper towels, I actually do not recommend plastic forks or spoons. I have three boys, and they break every plastic fork and spoon that they use. The plastic tong then gets lost in the food or the utensil becomes a weapon. “Real” utensils are better with kids in the long term.
Tip #3 – Kid friendly, but simple, table decor. Forget traditional table cloths. Activity table cloths are a fun option for kids. They can color or play tic tac toe before or after the meal. Festive decor should not be expensive, breakable, or overbearing. Keep it simple!
Tip #4 – Don’t forget any extras. Add crayons, pencils, or any other needed items to the table. Be sure to have enough per child to prevent arguments over who uses the pencil first. Small candies or games are other options to enhance a kid-friendly table. And make sure your bathrooms are fully stocked with favorites like Quilted Northern toilet paper to avoid any awkward requests from guests.
Do you have a special kids’ table at your holiday gatherings? What tips and tricks would you add to this list?