Thanksgiving is traditionally brown and orange and all sorts of wonderful fall colors, but this year, I became completely taken with the colors in Love the Day’s Thanksgiving printables collection. As soon as I saw the wonderful bright colors, I was designing a children’s table in my mind.
Bright and colorful children's Thanksgiving table by The Party TeacherThis was really a very simple design to pull off and would make your younger guests feel extra special at Thanksgiving. The best part is that I used what I had on hand, making this an inexpensive mini party.


I started with a white, floor length tablecloth and layered that with a plum tablecloth square. Next came green placemats. (I already had these placemats, but if you don’t want to pay $2-$4 each for woven placemats, just use scrapbook paper.) I folded an orange napkin long-ways and topped it with a yellow melamine plate.

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Mini-splurge: Any time I need chocolates, I turn first to The Frosted Petticoat. Their chocolates are always delicious, and I’m not even that big of a chocolate-as-candy person. I hope you can see the variegated colors in these chocolate leaf lollipops – each one was so gorgeous!

Chocolate leaves for a kids' Thanksgiving table - love this idea - The Party Teacher


We have wild turkeys walking through our backyard pretty regularly, so a faux turkey was a must for me. I used my Silhouette machine to cut feathers out of patterned papers from Love the Day’s collection. (You could free-hand cut these out.) I topped Mr. Turkey (as we started calling him) with a Love the Day pilgrim hat. For instructions on how to make Mr. Turkey – and it was really easy! – click here.

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There is no reason why leftovers can’t be cute. Let them have {cute} cake! I found these darling boxes at Shop Sweet Lulu and embellished them with party circles from Love the Day and Rainbow Loom bracelets that my girls made in our party colors.

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Dessert Table

I thought the kids would get a kick out of sitting by the dessert table, so that’s what we did. I made pecan pie, caramel bars, pumpkin pie and my grandmother’s apple cake. Now, I could personally eat 14 kinds of pumpkin desserts after Thanksgiving dinner, so I was pretty proud of my variety. Until. After a day of baking, I realized that every Thanksgiving dessert is brown. Booooring.

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Lucky for me, I had a stunning wreath from Sweet Georgia Sweet to dress up my dessert table. I hung this from my bay window using a Command Strip. Underneath, I used Love the Day’s banner to spell “Give Thanks.” I kept the serving pieces simple by choosing all white, and lined my trays with patterned paper.

Gorgeous Thanksgiving dessert buffet - The Party Teacher

Come back tomorrow for recipes!


Of course, I had the kids tell me what they were thankful for. We used blank cards from Love the Day that I packaged in orange stripe envelopes from Shop Sweet Lulu. Each guest got a washable marker and they used mini clothespins to attach their “thankful cards” to grosgrain ribbon on their chair backs.

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Special touch: I love boys in bow ties. It doesn’t get much cuter, right? I freehand cut a bow tie out of Love the Day patterned paper. A little baker’s twine and sweet Caleb had a Thanksgiving bow tie.

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