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Have you thought about using Thanksgiving placemats for kids? If you have a very traditional place setting for Thanksgiving dinner, the kids might feel left out. You can still include them by letting them help set the table. These gorgeous placemats will even show them where everything goes (and they can even color on them). A mini etiquette lesson and a future masterpiece–bonus.

Thanksgiving Placemats for Kids

Thanksgiving Placemats for Kids

For some kids, the muted colors and autumnal themes of Thanksgiving aren’t exciting at all. To liven up the kids table, these colorful placemats keep children happy and entertained (Robot and Jungle placemats also available). And don’t forget to include a stripey straw, handkerchief napkin, and fun utensils.

Thanksgiving Placemats for kids

Thanksgiving Placemats for kids

Thanksgiving Placemats for kids

Photos by Nicole Hill Gerulat.





Finally, a few last pictures of the Diego Jungle Party. I know it’s old news now, but I still wanted to get these posted. Don’t forget to check out the cute diy invitations and fun party games if you haven’t seen them already. And for even more pictures and posts from this theme click on the Diego Jungle Party tag below.











As I already said, the majority of the budget of this party was allotted to the party games and the party favors. So I got a little creative and figured out my own way to make a vine. I wasn’t sure what I was going to use it for, and it ended up just hanging form the light. But if you ever need to know how to make a vine, here you go…


1. Using a roll of brown craft paper, I cut off a bunch of 1 to 1 1/2 inch thick strips of paper.
2. I folded each strip into quarters.
3. Then I wrapped each folded strip around my finger to make a crazy, spirally vine piece.
4. Ta Da! A bunch of crazy, spirally vine pieces.
5. Using scraps of green fabric and felt, I cut out leaf shapes using my pinking shears (the scissors that make the triangle edge).
6. There isn’t a picture of this, but with my sewing machine I sewed a straight line down each vine piece, adding leaves randomly (this also flattened out and strengthened the vines). I also sewed the long vine pieces together by overlapping them a little bit and back stitching, making one continuous vine.
For more safari fun and to see all of the jungle party posts, click on the Diego Jungle Party tag below.





By party games I mean face painting. And an animal show. Sometimes it’s hard coming up with birthday party ideas, but for this Diego Jungle Party I knew the kids needed to be turned into wild creatures and needed to go on an animal safari. Because after all, Diego is an animal rescuer. Do I even need to mention that they loved it?


The face painting was first. As the guests trickled in, each child had a turn becoming their animal of choice (thanks to a nearby face painter). And once everyone was transformed, the animal show started with local traveling wild zoo. This lasted for almost an hour.








Remember when you’re planning your party (and trying to incorporate–yet not totally include–a commercialized character) to focus on what that character does, not bombard your guests and clutter up your decor with character party supplies. Know what I’m saying?

For more safari fun and to see all of the jungle party posts, click on the Diego Jungle Party tag below.





Binoculars. As party favors. If you’re going to send home a party favor, it should either be edible or high enough quality that it won’t end up in the trash. I’ll be perfectly honest, it’s expensive to give a real pair of binoculars to each guest.  And you might choose a different party favor for your jungle themed event. But please think through the life span of every party item you buy, including the items you send home with  your guests. Wow, I’m preachy today. What are your thoughts (even if you disagree)?
For more safari fun and to see all of the jungle party posts, click on the Diego Jungle Party tag below.





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