November 20, 2013

Thanksgiving Themed Playdate {Plus 2-Sided Kid Placemats!}


Last week, I hosted a little Thanksgiving themed Fall playdate for my daughter and a few of her friends. I love having excuses to plan little parties for my cutie! One day, she won't enjoy themed lunches as much as she does now. My mission is to soak in these preschool days as much as possible...and enjoy this fleeting season! Because? Fleeting, it is! 


I kept things fairly simple (honestly, I did!). In fact, I was able to prepare all the food the night before, which made party day a total breeze. For the sandwiches, I used a turkey-shaped cookie cutter and cut out bread, cheese and deli meat. The meat and cheese stored in a tupperware and the bread I stored in a ziplock. At lunch, I just grabbed and assembled. 

The snack cornucopia is cute, don't you think? It's just a waffle cone filled with Chex mix. How easy is that? 


I shared the these cute acorn cookies on Instagram, which were inspired by While He Was Napping. Another easy food idea! And, might I add, tasty. I changed the recipe up a bit by using nutella as the "glue". 4 ingredients and about 10 minutes later, I had a whole batch of these cute cookies!


No preschool playdate would be complete without a craft, so we made two-sided Thanksgiving placemats. To make your own:

1) Gather supplies (Fall scrapbook paper, glue sticks, crayons and markers, white poster board and white card stock)
2) Cut poster board into desired size (10.5x16.5, if you plan on laminating at Kinkos, which I did)
3) Cut simple feather shapes from various scrapbook papers
4) Cut a turkey body and add face (eyes, beak and wattle)
5) Lay out supplies for kids (placemats, feathers, turkey bodies, glue sticks and crayons/markers)
6) Let children decorate placemats with crayons/markers and let them glue feathers down
7) Let children glue body on top of feathers
8) Write "Happy Thanksgiving" or "Gobble, Gobble" or "Give Thanks" and write child's name

After the party, I decorated the backside of each placemat with Christmasy scrapbook paper and each child's name, cut out of white card stock. Then I took them to kinkos and used their self-serve laminator. The price per large (11x17) lamination sheet is $3.99 at kinkos.


Each kid now has a cute Thanksgiving placemat and also a personalized Christmas placemat to use for the rest of the year. Fun, huh? My daughter has been loving hers! :)

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15 comments:

  1. Adorable party! Love the turkey sandwiches and acorn cookies.

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  2. So cute! I'm putting together a Thanksgiving Feast for my Girl Scout troop. Until I saw your post, I was focused on the food and forgot about the plates and napkins.

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