There's so much to do to prepare the Holidays, that often we loose focus on what is trully important: being whith the people we love. That said, we can spend some fun and quality time with our family and friends while preparing our decoration for all the parties we will held or go to...
Let's see what we can make - or shop - with the kids to help them participate!
Well, well, well... This topic has been abundantly discussed in many articles and books. What you have to keep in mind to chose your tablecloth are the shape and size of your table(s) (duh!): many people invited means often more than one table. You have perhaps a bunch of pretty tablecloths in your cupboards but not all of the same color and pattern. So be smart and buy new ones in all the sizes and shapes needed for all your tables in just ONE color. It has to be a color you like and that can go well with your crockery. These tablecloths will be used at every big gatherings you will organize in the future. What will make it festive is what you will put on them! (see all the other points in this post)
Of course, if you have a family meal on just one table, you can use one lovely and festive table clothe. What do you think of these:
|Table clothe from Les Toiles du Soleil. Fabric: model Tsar Or.|
|From Le Jacquard Français|
Now that you have chosen your tablecloth(s), you can start thinking about the rest of the decoration!
2 / Table runner
Koloud from A Crafty Arab, one of the member of the Multicultural Kid Blogs community I'm in, has a simple and pretty idea for a table runner you can do with your kids. What is great with this one? It fits for all your family gatherings!
I also found this very cute idea of a snowflakes table runner:
|You can find the tutorial here on HGTV.|
3/ Mark-place for your guests.
I have two posts on my blog that you will like. They are easy to do with children and your guests can keep them as reminder of the great time you will have spend together.
|Thanks cards for your guests as mark-places|
For the star and Ferrero mark-place, here's the PIN
For the one in the plate: PIN
And the mark-place on the glass : PIN
4/ Candle jars
There are so many of them on Pinterest! I had a hard time to select two...
Here are my favorites that the children can do themselves for a Christmas table:
|Yarn wrapped painted jars.|
You need glasses, paint, and yarn for these candle jars.
Of course, you can paint whatever color you prefer!
Nice and simple! Thanks Sophie from The Forge Style
From Mademoiselle Dentelle
You have your theme for your party?
Now use washi tapes in the required colors and patterns.
The kids can't do wrong...
5/ Table wreath
|A tulle wreath on Simple DIY 2. Chose your colors and give them to the children...|
6/ Scented candles for a festive atmosphere!
Oh the choice for the candles! But, since I tested the Salt City candles, I love their products! I'm a bit late in my shopping for this winter however, I think I will let myself be bespelled by these "flavours":
|Candle Maple Butterscotch|
7/ Table mats
This craft idea will help you use all the old wrapping papers, cards and photos you don't know to store anymore! Follow all the instructions on the Junk Mail Gem Blog to create these table mats:
8/ Napkin rings
So easy and quick to do with kids!
|Curtain rings, ribbons, glue: et voilà!|
idea: Hippos and dinosaurs
|And well... I found this list of great ideas, on Brightsettings, with all the tutos!|
9/ Chair decoration
|The Budget Decorator has listed some pretty easy and fun last minutes decorations for Christmas|
and I fell in love with her chair decoration.
10/ Random table decoration
Be creative, take example in the nature with these craft ideas:
- Paint with a spray pinecones in gold, silver, red or green... and dispose them on the table.
- Use oranges with cloves or cinnamon rolls to have a nice scent at the table
- Create snow globes with old jars:
|Snow globes: decoration and gifts! From Whipperberry|
- a ribbon and a big pinecone: a lovely deco around the table!
|Pinecones with ribbons|
I hope you will have found some ideas for your next family gathering. Ask your kids which one they like the best, and help them make it! I wish you the best for this Holiday season!
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Ten Tips for a Joy Filled and Stress Free Holiday with Your Family from Bare Feet on the Dashboard
The Ultimate Guide to Having Kind Kids This Christmas from Bits of Positivity
Christmas Sensory Play Ideas from Adventures of Adam
Gingerbread Play Dough from The Gingerbread House
Glitter Pinecones from Peace But Not Quiet
10 Exciting Toys To Encourage Learning for 3-4 Year Old Kids from Play Dough and Popsicles
Christmas Crafts for Toddlers from Kidz Activities
DIY Hot Chocolate Kit from Taking Care of Monkey Business
Gifts Kids Can Make from Simply Vicki
Christmas Yoga from Kids Yoga Stories
Gifts That Last All Year from Local Busy Bees
10 Idea for Festive Table Decoration from La Cité des Vents
Christmas Tree Decoration and Card from Castle View Academy
Book-Toy Gift Sets for Preschoolers from P is for Preschooler
DIY Gift: Science Kit for Kids! from Preschool Powol Packets
Christmas Poems to Color from Are We There Yet?
5 Things to Make For a Christmas Stocking from Peakle Pie
The Frugal Family Gift that Keeps On Giving from Kimie Pruessner Photography
Christmas Hand and Foot Print Crafts from Play & Learn Everyday
20 Non-Candy Stocking Stuffers for Boys and Girls from Non Toy Gifts
10 Silly Gifts For Your Kids this Christmas from Witty Hoots
Mom's Holiday Wish List (Give This List to Your Husband) from The Realistic Mama
5 Awesome Ways to Completely Revamp Your Home This Holiday Season from Tidbits of Experience
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