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Happy Thanksgiving! Make it Shine!

by: 
Mary, Kids and Families Outreach

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! I hope everyone has a wonderful day filled with family, friends, fun, and, of course....FOOD! I've got a quick post for you today, as I've got a pie to finish. But I was thinking about how my sister and I, when we were younger, were able to help out with the festivities. Sure, there's the food preparation, and kids can certainly help out with some of that, but what I remember most from my youth was setting the table. This was our very important job - making the table pretty and special in honor of a special day. The centerpiece was always the most important part, and we used leaves, candles, nuts, fruit, and a variety of other objects to fancy things up. 

I took a look on pinterest (oh, how I love Pinterest!) and found some kid-friendly, easy-peasy centerpiece ideas that involve items that I think most folks would have on hand at home (because I know we'd all rather avoid the store today if at all possible!). Check 'em out, and set your young ones to work!

  • Thankful tree - branches in a jar with paper leaves on which everyone can write what they're thankful for!
  • Pear and clove centerpiece - send a message with lovely-smelling fruit and spice! 
  • Paper roll turkey (picture only) - write what you're thankful for on the feathers! 
  • Fall trees - more ideas on this blog!
  • Turkey vase (from a soda bottle) - this one's a little more labor intensive, but oh-so-cute! 

Enjoy! We're thankful for you!

[Picture via San Jose Library]