I stand corrected. Remember when I declared via video that we would host Thanksgiving dinner at my house?

Well, I was wrong. That won’t be happening this year.

My husband kindly informed me that we would be enjoying a catered dinner at his uncle’s house who declared that this year would be his last year hosting Thanksgiving dinner. Maybe the torch will pass to us in 2012. We shall see. In the meantime, I didn’t want these ideas from my inspiration file to go to waste.

Starting with the kids–they are ALWAYS hungry, right? At least my three fit this category. Snacking, snatching, and grabbing like little vultures circling my kitchen island for a crumb to crunch. Though this idea is for Thanksgiving, it would work for any occasion where you would serve a well-dressed bird.

Get step-by-step instructions on the Parents Magazine website and view other cutesy crafts in their slideshow.

After they devour the popcorn, download and print Paper Glitter’s free Thanksgiving Fall Kit to keep their little fingers busy.

…and don’t forget to make these adorable pilgrim hats to hold the crayons.
Find the instructions here.

If you don’t have time to do any of the above crafts, then simply cover the kids’ table with craft paper and let them draw, write, and play ’til their little heart’s content.

Now that I have children, I try to create memories and traditions for them during the holidays. What are your fondest memories of Thanksgiving when you were a child?
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  1. pinkee Says:

    Lovely story and Great tips for parents how to teach kids to perform different activities.Thanks for sharing
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