Thanksgiving Place Settings For Kids: Fun Recipes, Place Cards, and Beverages

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Want to make an awesome Thanksgiving place settings for kids? Just make these fun recipe/drink ideas to make it fun for everyone at the table this year! #ad

Can we talk about the “kids’ table” for a minute?

I’m one of five kids, and a zillion cousins. I am NO stranger to the kids’ table. I remember when it was all of the adults at a wooden dining room table, and half of the kids at a plastic kiddie table – sometimes in another room! While I’m certain I didn’t appreciate it back then, I have grown to develop a fondness for the “kids’ table.” In fact, I wish I could still sit at it!

Sometimes, it’s the coolest!

What made it special is that my mom used to make our place settings extra special, especially at Thanksgiving. I used to struggle with November – with its fading colorful foliage, its raw and cold wind, and its waning sunlight. As a parent, though, I’m warmed by the festivities and by Thanksgiving. I love pumpkin pies cooling on counters, arts and crafts, homegrown traditions, nostalgia, and making late fall special for my kids. I want them to look forward to Thanksgiving as much as I do.

Here are five special ways to make Thanksgiving place settings for kids:

1 – The main dish! I love to make a special and easy, kid-approved turkey dish for Thanksgiving. These Turkey Meatloaf Muffins are fun and flavorful. Your kids will love them! Even adults love them. Here’s my easy recipe for Thanksgiving:

Kid-Approved Turkey Muffins For Thanksgiving

Kid-Approved Turkey Muffins For Thanksgiving


  1. 1 cup celery, diced
  2. 1 bell pepper, diced
  3. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  5. 1/2 cup chicken broth (we used low sodium)
  6. 2 lbs. ground turkey
  7. 1/2 cup egg whites
  8. 3/4 cup instant oats
  9. 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  10. 2 teaspoons cumin powder
  11. Salt & Pepper to taste


  • Heat oven to 375 and spray muffin pan with cooking spray OR use durable (non paper) cupcake wrappers.
  • Heat a saute pan over medium high heat and add celery, pepper and garlic.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste, and cook for about 4-5 minutes until the vegetables are more tender.
  • Stir in chicken broth and sauce and cook for another few minutes until mixture is heated through, and then take it off heat to cool.
  • Meanwhile, combine ground turkey, egg whites, oats, and spices in a large bowl. Add in the cooled vegetables and mix together.
  • Make the mixture into 12 balls and put them in the muffin tin.
  • Bake for about 30 minutes, or until cooked.
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2 – The place cards. I went to the craft store to buy cheap cardstock, and picked up some stickers/decals, and paint markers. I let the kids decorate them themselves – sometimes they write all over them, and sometimes they want them simple:

3 – The side dish. Everyone in my house loves macaroni and cheese, so I make a fall-themed version of Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese. It’s so easy! Take a medium-sized butternut squash, and cut it in half length-wise. Scoop out seeds and bake the two halves in the oven for about 30 minutes at 200 degrees. Cook pasta of choice at the same time. Once the squash is soft and cooked through, spoon out the flesh into the blender. Add 7 ounces of whole milk, 1 cup of grated cheddar cheese, and 1 tablespoon of butter. Blend until all ingredients make a perfect sauce. If it’s too thick, add more milk. Season as desired.

Mix it with the pasta and you’re done!

4 – Simple touches. This also involves a trip to a craft store, or something similar. I pick up cheap and easy pumpkin decorations, as well as fun napkins. The little touches are a big part of the fun of Thanksgiving place settings for kids.

5 – The beverages! I save the best for last, because my kids go CRAZY for Tum-E Yummies. What is Tum-E Yummies? It’s a fruit flavored beverage for kids that comes in five fun flavors – Very Berry Blue, Greentastic Apple, Fruitabulous Punch, Orange-arific, and Sour-sational Raspberry. All of these flavors have 100% daily value vitamin C, B6, and B12, and they have only 50 calories and 13 grams of sugar. Also, Tum-E Yummies have no sodium and a spill-proof sport cap.

Tum-E Yummies are sold in all 50 states. Hydration is extremely important for children, and the excitement of Thanksgiving can make kids forget to drink with their meal. That’s why I take care of that problem by putting a special beverage as part of the place setting for all of the kids! We have many kids in our extended family – my grandparents have seven grandkids with two more on the way soon. I love that my kids are growing up the way we did.

With lots and lots of family around!

Want to make an awesome Thanksgiving place settings for kids? Just make these fun recipe/drink ideas to make it fun for everyone at the table this year! #ad

It makes me happy to find simple ways to make their holidays extra meaningful and memorable.

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Want to make an awesome Thanksgiving place settings for kids? Just make these fun recipe/drink ideas to make it fun for everyone at the table this year! #ad

What’s on your Thanksgiving table for kids?

When Black Friday Comes..

I haven’t meant to be silent with my blog. I have been on vacation in Jersey – having left two days before the Thanksgiving rush so that I could get some much needed rest, relaxation and restoration at my parent’s farm. It has been restful, relaxing and restorative and I am thankful for that. I’m not much of a traveling writer. I can’t type on laptops, for one thing. My palm always hits the space bar and either deletes some of my work or takes me back to a previous paragraph. This is highly frustrating. For another, I’m doing it right now only out of desperation, and holy cow, these keys are too short. I’m not a laptop user. I can’t work on planes. I can’t work in Starbucks. I can barely work here on my parent’s farm.

I work best, and seemingly only, at the wonder of my own computer at my own desk with my wonderfully tall keyboard keys and my loft-view of the woods. And when that fails and I get desperate enough, my mom’s MacBook Pro is here for me. So many days without writing has felt very strange. I kept thinking of things I wanted to tell you and things that have happened. I’d remember them at night but I’ve either been in vacation-mode or hectic holiday-mode lately.

Yet I’m not really back-logged with blogs and thoughts here. Not as much as I would have thought. Just, everyone needs a vacation sometimes. Truly.

The masses started arriving on Thanksgiving day. It was my parent’s turn to host in Jersey this year and things were relatively quiet until then. Then three out of my four siblings came with respective spouses/baby. Cassidy’s mom and her husband came. My dad’s parents came. Four generations of Kleins, Jacobsons, Millers, Bowmans. Now that’s power.

Highlights included:

– When my Grandma left to go I asked her if she had had a nice time. She told me and my dad later that night that it was the best Thanksgiving she could ever remember.

– My nephew, Andrew, is learning to walk and pushes around a large Little Tikes walker. Scarlet decided it was a stroller and sat in it. Andrew, a year and a half younger than Scarlet, was able to push her while she was in it.

– My in-laws! Cassidy’s mom and her husband were there Thanksgiving night. His dad and his wife were there tonight. It’s never any of that, “We’ll have Thanksgiving with YOUR parents this year, mine the next, etc.” We just do it all together a lot.

– Scarlet has three grandmothers, as you know. Although she’s around them all a lot, there was a particular pairing of two grandmothers together today who hadn’t been together around Scarlet in a year and a half. Her mind was blown. She actually introduced them to each other. “Amma, this is Nana. Nana, this is Amma.” She kept looking up at them both in wonder. They all three went on a walk together. Seriously. Her mind was blown.

– Watching Scarlet and Andrew play together. I already mentioned it. I’ll mention it again. Cousins. As good as siblings sometimes.

– Watching Scarlet play with Aunt Lindsay, Aunt Marisa and Uncle Matt. The kid has three Aunts and five Uncles. And she will most likely one day have six Uncles. She is so set for life. These are all decent, youthful, sexy, successful people. Seriously. How lucky is she?

How lucky am I? Back home tomorrow for Christmas tree shopping and a dose of real life, whatever that is.