Christmas with my family always revolves around the table. For one thing, Christmas for us is a non-stop eating and drinking marathon! But it’s also where we get to spend quality time together chatting, and most importantly having fun!
It’s fair to say, the little ones tire of the table pretty quickly though, unless there’s something really cool to keep them entertained!
Due to Covid, my parents and I can’t visit my sister and her young family this year, so my sister and her husband are spending their first year alone with the little ones. It’ll be special for them to be together as a family unit, but it does mean that the gathering around their table will be a little different from normal.
Getting little ones involved
I think it’s a great idea to get children involved in family table gatherings. But how?
If you’ve read any of my blogs before, you’ll know I’m a big fan of Motherland (side note, I’m very much looking forward to the promised Christmas special and the new series next year!).
So, when trying to work out the solution to this table problem, I thought to myself, what would Kevin do?! He always makes things fun for his little ones, and I suspect it’s because, like me, he’s a big kid himself!
So, the answer is to make the table fun!
Novelty glasses, Santa hats, themed cutlery holders, and themed paper plate chargers will go a long way to making the table an inviting place to be and somewhere they may just want to stay for a little longer than usual.
Great idea, is that all we need to do?
Well, that’s really just the starting point. I can provide you with the items, click here but together, as a family, you’ll need to create the fun. So here are a few ideas to get you started!
- Take photos of your little ones all dressed up and have a competition to see who can keep their hat and glasses on for the longest while they eat.
- Hide crayons in the cutlery holders and Christmas colouring sheets or games underneath the place settings.
- What about a little table gift to open?
- Use 3 mini Santa hats and play hide the coin under the hat. Make it even more fun by using chocolate coins!
- Make Christmas tree napkins (step-by-step video available here)
- Pull a cracker or two and laugh at the cheesy jokes!
- And last but not least – make an edible table centre.
Pretzels or breadsticks dipped in chocolate and then dipped in sprinkles are seriously pretty and appetising. Or try these fab Christmas tree cones from Twinkl Parents. If they aren’t an incentive to stay at the table until it’s time to tuck into them, I don’t know what is!
It’s time to channel your inner Kevin and make the Christmas table extra fun for everyone this year!