So here I am at my parents’ house, enjoying Thanksgiving weekend with my family. My older sister is also here with her two kids. My niece and nephew are of course the cutest children out there – but they are definitely getting a bit antsy here away from their usual schedule. So I decided to be a good aunt and put together a fun kids party for them, where they could invite the friends they have made over the years of visiting their grandparents.
First, I asked them to sit down with me and help me write a menu of foods they’d like to serve. They weren’t interested in traditional Thanksgiving favorites – they wanted hot dogs and marshmallows! So we are going to have an indoor barbecue. Then we worked on the decorations. We chose an autumn theme and had a great time collecting leaves outside to use for giant leaf collages to hang up in the family room.
Finally, we put together some entertaining but educational activities to try and express some of the important themes of the holiday, like gratitude and American history, in a fun way.
The party is tonight – and I’m confident that all the children are going to enjoy it!