If you are inviting family and friends over this Thanksgiving, you’re probably also going to be entertaining kids. Younger guests will grow restless and GET bored faster than the adults and they tend to have more finicky food preferences. The following suggestions can make turkey day fun and tasty for everyone, regardless of age.
Setting Up: Get The Kids Involved
Enlist the help of older children to set the Thanksgiving table or let them help cook some of the simple dishes being mindful of safety precautions when it comes to the stove, oven and knives. Task them with pouring non-alcoholic beverages for guests and ask them to clear used dishes after the meal. Giving kids tasks can help them feel more involved and they help teach life lessons.
Separate Kids Table
Are you expecting a large turnout, especially in terms of how many kids are coming over?
If you have the room, set up a separate table for the kids. It doesn’t need to be fancy, rather it can be simple, such as a plastic fold-up table with chairs their size.
While most of the adult guests can’t wait to devour your traditional Thanksgiving meal, the kids might not. Consider offering popular kid-friendly side dishes. Not every protein served needs to consist of turkey and you can play it safe by offering a couple alternative options for even the pickiest of eaters.
If even those options are STILL too “fancy” then you can fill a tray with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches cut up into small squares, sure to please any tiny tot crowd.
Start A Family Tradition
Consider creating a Thanksgiving tradition if you don’t already have one. Ask the children for ideas and it can be as simple as a pumpkin decorating activity, going on a walk after the big meal, starting on Christmas wish lists or watching a kid-friendly holiday movie.
Mommy Tip: Amazon.com and Netflix has a variety of movies for all ages!
5 Thanksgiving Movies For Kids
Whichever family tradition you decide to create, make sure to be present, by turning off all electronics—cell phones, laptops, tablets, etc. Giving your undivided attention results in a more memorable and enjoyable experience with your loved ones.
There’s nothing more precious than time once its gone. So, enjoy quality time with your family. Happy Little Camp wishes you and your family a wondering Thanksgiving!