Call me an exclusionist – or even a selfish host – but I like having a kids’ table.
I think it’s lovely to have a place where the kids can tell their loud stories, drink punch, and generally make a mess and not-really-eat their meals, away from the parents.
And when they leave after twenty minutes – in hot pursuit of play – there aren’t holes in the dinner table. Parents can still sit and have an after dinner drink or coffee. The kids’ table is over there… away from the nice grown-up tablescape with candles and glass and two forks at every setting.
Today I am a part of a blog hop – the theme is Spring Dinner Party. I decided that it would be perfect for me to feature how I would style a kids’ table. I know that Lila and Lucy like cloth napkins and a slightly fancier setting than silverware dumped in a heap in the middle of the table.
But I like unbreakable things. This is how the two ideas merged in my mind.
It’s very green. And a titch on the Easter-y side. But my girls loved this setting.
And aside from the water glasses and plates (which can be easily swapped out with unbreakable versions – i.e. Corelle or plastic), everything on the table is unbreakable.
These succulents may be my new favourite thing in my house. They’re fake!
Even though succulents are supposed to be some of the hardiest plants around, I do love that I can put these anywhere and not worry about plant-neglect. And if they fell over, there won’t be a crash nor a tumbling of soil.
You’d just pop them up back upright and continue on chattering.
I found this tray at the thrift store. It’s a very tarnished brass dessert tray from some-long-ago-scattered tea set. I love it!
The wooden craft eggs – left untouched, thought the girls are itching to paint them – are nestled in a bed of spanish moss. I’m still torn as to whether I’m going to properly polish the tray or leave it with its aged patina. I kind of like it in its antique-y-ness right now.
Each table-setting has a cloth napkin, a fork and a knife. The napkin rings are metal flowers from Pier 1. My sister gave these to me a couple of years ago, and I’ve been tempted to go buy another six every since.
They’re perfect for the kids’ table – so happy and bright.
The table runner might look familiar to some – it’s paper from the kids’ section at Ikea. I just cut a long piece of it and ran it lengthwise down the table. In a plastic glass, I put a handful of crayons to occupy little children.
I think that the kids’ table at any dinner party can be special. Just because they don’t sit for as long, and don’t reminisce for hours over salad, the main, and then the dessert, doesn’t mean they aren’t welcome guests.
I just like them to have their own reservation.
Before you run off to check out the six other beautiful Spring Dinner Party Ideas, tell me this, friends – what’s your stance on the kids’ table – yay or nay?
And visit my fabulous friends – they’ve created some gorgeous projects:
>Jo-Anna of A Pretty Life in the Suburbs made a delicious Strawberry Shortcake dessert
Virginia of Fynes Designs put together a beautiful Easter table setting!
Lucy of Craftberry Bush made a Customizable Watercolour Printable Menu
Gemma of The Sweetest Digs made beautiful DIY Paper Flowers
Jenn of Clean & Scentsible made delicious Vegetarian Mexican Roll-Ups for appetizers
Tara of Suburble has some fun ideas for the Kids Table
Christina of The DIY Mommy put together a Fresh & Happy Spring Dessert Table
Great kids table setting, the paper is pretty much genius, my kids would love that. You really hit the nail on the head how kids behave at a dinner party, I love to have them over there too… or even down there, in the basement!
I think it’s so nice when adults can get together. And if the kids can entertain themselves – we’re golden! Kids’ tables forever!
Christina @The DIY Mommy
Awesome ideas, Tara! I love the paper runner for colouring… and those succulents look totally real!
Don’t they? I’m ordering more of those succulents. Good fake plants are hard to come by! 😉
Meredith @ unOriginalMom
I love everything about this! It’s not too juvenile – still lovely and elegant – but also very practical for the kids. I don’t think there will be any complaining about sitting at the kids table at your house!!
Meredith, you’re so lovely. I know that my girls like a well-done-up table. It makes them feel important. And if that keeps them at their table, so be it! 🙂
The thing about kids tables is the kids generally like it just as much as the adults if not more. Yes, I am totally pro kids table.
You’re so right, Melissa. I think that kids like to entertain themselves with their “hilarious” dinner-table conversations. We’ll have to have an adult and kid-table dinner soon!
I love kids tables too – it’s much more fun for them and way less stressful for the adults! I love the colouring paper table cloth!
I think you hit the nail on the head here – by having the kids away in their own space, adults are more relaxed. That makes the dinner so much more enjoyable!
I’ve always liked a kids’ table too and this one is so fun and pretty! Hope you had a wonderful Easter, my friend! xo
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Yay I lived the kids table every one should have one!