Fall is well and truly underway and suddenly, it’s that time of year again. Thanksgiving is just around the corner and we couldn’t be more excited! For us here at Babycup, we’ll take any excuse for a big family get-together fuelled by a spread of delicious, hearty food but we love it all the more when the impetus behind it is one of gratitude and generosity.
This year, if you’re celebrating this time-old tradition with little ones, why not do some things a little different to make it a memory you will all cherish forever? There are so many wonderful ways to introduce your kids (however young!) to this treasured holiday and just their very presence gives us grown-ups one more thing to be thankful for.
Setting The Table
With endless pots and pans on the go and a house full of people, going for ‘proper’ table setting might seem like just one job too many. But a formal table is actually not at all hard to put together and it can make a world of difference to the overall look and even taste of a meal.
Creating a ‘feast for the eyes’ is a huge part of enjoying the dining experience and it’s not just about the presentation of the food – it’s everything else that goes alongside it as well.
Laying the table beautifully will go a long way in making your whole Thanksgiving event (and your loved ones who join you) feel really special and you can create an adorable little baby setting too!
- Position the fork to the left of the plate and a knife and spoon to the right, with the knife’s blade towards the plate and the glass for water above the knife.
- If salad is to be served, place the salad fork to the left of the dinner fork with the plate for salad and bread/butter to the left of both.
- If you are serving soup, sit the bowl on top of the plate and the soup spoon to the right of the beverage spoon.
- For your accompanying or finishing drinks, place cups (Babycup First Cup for the kids!) and saucers above the beverage spoon and with the handle to the right. Keep a glass for water to the left of the coffee cup (located above the knife).
- Bring your dessert forks out with the dessert rather than sitting on the table beforehand, for a real entrance.
Create a Centrepiece
Beautiful table decoration makes a welcomed addition to any meal, particularly significant ones like Thanksgiving, so take the time to arrange something in advance and make it fun and memorable by getting your baby involved!
All kids love craft and the result will be super-cute, so this is bound to be a winner with all the family.
Make a Thankful Tree
What you’ll need:
A large vase
Lots of leaves!
Pebbles to stand twigs in
Paints and brushes or paint pens
A glue gun
Any additional decorations (pine cones, pompoms, glitter…you decide!)
Before the big day, wrap up warm and go for a chilly family walk to a local park or woodland to collect your craft supplies. This is a really budget-friendly one to make, because nature provides (almost) everything you will need! Collect a good pile of sticks (enough to fill a large vase) and as many lovely, autumn hued leaves as you can find. Head home, warm up with a hot chocolate (a mini one in the Babycup First Cup for baba!) and get ready to decorate!
Preserve your leaves
Those crunchy leaves won’t last long without preserving, but luckily it is very easy to do. The first step is to press your leaves by lying them flat in heavy books of a flower press (ensuring they are dry first) and allowing to sit for 12-24 hours.
When they are pressed, mix your white glue with a little water so that it is quite thin and spread over the leaves carefully with a paint brush.
When the leaves are dry, you’re ready to decorate! Have fun finger-painting with very young children, or if your kids are old enough, encourage them to paint patterns and even write words that remind them of all the things they are thankful for.
Finally, use your glue gun to stick the leaves and other decorations on your tree. When they’re dry, arrange in the vase with pebbles in the bottom to keep them upright. The perfect Thanksgiving centrepiece!