Never underestimate what you can do with a few yards of inexpensive fabric. While most of the supplies for our table came from my (rather extensive) fabric pile, I did pick up brown polka dot and brown thatch fabric on sale and created a backdrop by covering a canvas and a quick no-sew runner by ironing the hems.
Each place at the table was set with a fun plate topped with an orange napkin. The napkin was wrapped in burlap ribbon for texture and a thin orange satin ribbon for contrast. Our We are so thankful printables were a great accent. Silverware in turkey branded holders were a fun and colorful addition. Finishing the place settings were the busy boxes for the kids to play with and place cards. The place cards are a must have for kid tables they love seeing their names and it an easy thing to do to make them feel extra special.
Occupied kids are happy kids. Once dinner is done, let them reach for a busy box at their place setting. We filled ours with crayons, playdough, and a Thanksgiving thankful turkey craft. Its just enough to give them somthing to do while finishing dinner as a family.
Something new we tried this year (since my oldest can now read) were conversation starters. There were giggles all around at the table, so weve declared them a hit!