Written by Alicia Johnson and Betsey Hodge of Happy Wish Company
Planning a playdate soon and not quite sure what to do with the kiddos? We’re serving up a big ole’ slice of thanks with this fun Friendsgiving playdate party! When we saw this “A Slice of Thanks” invitation, we knew it would be perfect for our playdate—it’s the perfect opportunity for your children to express how thankful they are for all the sweet little friends in their lives. Keep reading for all of our decor and activity ideas to keep the kids busy and having fun!
For the party backdrop, we spelled out “Friendsgiving” in gold foil balloons and layered in a tissue tassel garland in brown, tan, peach, and mint. We filled glass milk bottles with apple cider and used twine to tie on straws. We added tissue tassels to the back of each chair, which adds the perfect pop of color.
DIY Flower Arrangement
Make this Friendsgiving playdate a memorable one by setting up an interactive kids’ table decorated just for them! Start with fresh flowers, since they always add color and life to any tablescape. You might even be able to save these centerpieces for your Thanksgiving dinner. Here is a very simple centerpiece DIY that everyone can do.
1. Purchase fall-looking flowers. Here we used kale, hypericum (red berries), safflower (orange), and thistles (purple).
2. Line wooden flower boxes with wet oasis floral foam.
3. Trim flower stems and insert into foam.
Keep reading for more of our fun kids’ Friendsgiving ideas…
DIY Pie Box
1. Print this template onto brown kraft scrapbook paper.
2. Cut out and score along dotted line.
3. Hot glue the base of the box together.
4. Fill with yummy treats for your little guests. We filled ours with caramel and candy corn, topped with these Minted stickers. You could also tie a wooden fork to the top and tie with twine and fill with a yummy piece of pumpkin pie!
DIY Turkey Gobbler
A festive Turkey Gobbler is a healthy snack-filled centerpiece, appetizer, or craft idea to keep the kids busy. To make it, just follow our easy directions below.
1. Cut a pear in half lengthwise for the turkey’s body.
2. Use an orange peel for the turkey’s beak and feet.
3. Add candy eyes (which can be found at many grocery or craft stores) and a strawberry waddle.
4. Arrange your favorite snacks as the turkey feathers fanning out from the turkey’s body. We used nuts, raspberries, caramel popcorn, apple slices, blackberries, and strawberries.
No playdate is complete without a few activities or crafts. Here are some ideas to get you started.
1. Have the kids help set the Thanksgiving table by making turkey placemats. Using white 12″ x 18″ construction paper and a black or brown oil pastel, follow the simple steps in How to Draw & Paint Turkey in the center of the paper. Set out watercolors and let the children paint their cute little hand-drawn gobbler. You could also cover the table in brown kraft paper, set out crayons, and let them doodle to their heart’s content.
2. It isn’t Thanksgiving without the sweet smell of pumpkin pie baking in the oven. Let the kids (pretend) make their own pies with this recipe for pumpkin pie playdough. They’ll love it!
3. We just adore this Thanksgiving Gratitude Scavenger Hunt to help little guests remember what the day is all about!
This is a kids’ playdate they’ll surely be thankful for! Happy Thanksgiving!
Photos: Tammy Hughes Photography
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