Planning on doing a Christmas dinner party with family and friends (… and everyone’s children)? I can relate to that strange feeling of wanting to push the panic button. The thought of having lots of tiny feet running around the house, up and down the stairs can make anyone flee to the nearest deserted island (but not just forever!).
While you might think it’s going to be crazy to entertain the little rascals while you pass your delicious Hors d’oeuvre, why not make these tiny people sit on a separate table specially placed for them? I can guarantee that if you make it fun, you’ll have plenty of time left for you and your visitors.
The first item in my kid’s friendly table (the #FabulouslyFestive one) is a runner made out of cupcake baking cups of different sizes and colors and also some paper doilies. You can find these at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores.
This easy runner was made by cutting the center of 3 doilies and opening several of my cupcake baking cups so they end up looking like full circles. To make this task easier, I ironed (in a low temperature setting) these cups after I opened them.
Having several cups ready, in a clean area I started arranging them side by side and overlapping some. As you can see on the image above at the right, I mixed sizes and colors in an orderly way trying not to repeat patterns side by side.
With an arrangement that fully satisfied my eye, I proceeded to join them by placing tape on their backs. Carefully I raise the cups (or doilies) one a time because I didn’t want the arrangement to break apart. After they were all taped, I did a final ironing to make sure they all lay flat.
I made sure to grab the children’s attention by placing this colorful runner over a piece of white fabric (also from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores). Over the runner I put 3 different clear vases that, besides decorating the table, they also served as a place for fun items. One was destined to carry candy canes, while the others served as cookie cutter holders. These cookies cutters can later be use to draw forms over some brown packing paper where children can also paint and adorn these Christmas creatures.
The wooden Christmas ornaments from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores (besides being excellent decorative accents) are also soon to be painted by my little Picasso guests. All in all, I believed this table is going to be a great sensation among the young and creative minds. What do you think? Are you having little visitors this Christmas besides the elves?!? You can also visit the Jo-Ann Craft Catalog which is full of more great and inspirational ideas. Throw me a comment, you know I love those! Have a #FabulouslyFestive Holiday!
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