Paper Bag Thanksgiving Turkey Centerpiece

#Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids - "carve" your own Tom Turkey (simple directions)

Who could forget that scene from Christmas Vacation?

When Chevy Chase dramatically carved into that turkey …

only to see it deflate before his very eyes.

Young and old broke bread around that table.

But what if your table can’t hold everyone?

We’ve all paid our dues there, cast away from the adults to the dreaded kids table.

So how to make that kids table the place to be?

Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids - "carve" your own Tom Turkey (simple directions)

A paper bag turkey centerpiece will make the kids forget they have been cast off to another room.

A big paper grocery bag, 2 brown lunch bags and a piece of white paper are all you need.

Filled with popcorn, it’s one centerpiece that will have the kids carving that poor Tom to shreds.

Thanksgiving Centerpiece - "carve" your own Tom Turkey (simple directions)

Check out this Paper Bag Turkey Centerpiece Tutorial for all the deets.

Thanksgiving Centerpiece - "carve" your own Tom Turkey (simple directions)

This is one turkey Chevy Chase would be proud to carve.

Wouldn’t you rather sit here than at the boring adult table?


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  1. When I was a junior in college, I went to my boyfriend’s house for Thanksgiving. We had to sit at the kids table with six and seven year-olds. Needless to say, the relationship didn’t last.
    I mean really? Who forces adult children to sit at the kids table?
    It was probably some kind of “test” and I obviously failed. But still.

  2. Good Morning,
    I found your blog through Jennifer Rizzo’s blog I follow. Love your blog. I have you on my blog roll so I can follow the cute things you have on your blog.

  3. Too funny – but cute! I tell myself each night – after a long, exhausting day – that I wish I could “sit at the kids table.” It is my life metaphor I think :) Hope your week gets off to a great start!

  4. What a fun and cute idea! I totally know some kiddos that would get a real kick out of this. =)

  5. This is so cute ~ and just between you and I ~ I’ve had turkeys that probably taste the same as that brown paper bag.

  6. What are you talking about? I’m still sitting at the kids table! Love that movie and your paper bag masterpiece!

    :) me

  7. Really cute Kelly!…Christmas Vacation…now that’s a classic!…and that centerpiece could very well be the clone of my first turkey!!…

  8. this is really cute! i totally want to sit at the kids table … as long as there’s wine :)

  9. Cute! I still sit at the kids table at family events! It’s way more fun over there any way! 😉

  10. I was in charge of making this last year for my son’s Kindergarten feast at school. Super fun & cute!

  11. I love the turkey!! In our family (my mom’s side) you don’t get to sit at the adult table until your parent leaves you the seat….obviously by passing away. I turned 50 this year and I am still sitting at the kids table! We have the kid’s kids table and this year – we will have the kid’s kid’s kids table!! :)

  12. This is so cute! My nieces and nephew will love this! Thanks so much for sharing!

  13. Forget the paper bag turkey, I’m totally distracted by your rooster plates …


    Hope all is well with you, your family … and your beautiful home!


  14. I am so copying this when I host our extended family Christmas dinner. This is beyond adorable. I’m thinking some adults may want to sit at the kids table.

    Thank you for linking up to our party, too.

    I hope you and the family are doing well and that things will soon be back to normal. :) Been thinking about you a lot.


  15. This is so great, Kelly! I have one of those dreaded kids tables at my house every Thanksgiving and they all roll their eyes and moan with displeasure when forced to sit there. Thank you for linking up to the Better Late Than Never Thanksgiving Bloghop!

  16. I just found out I have three more children coming to Thanksgiving so I am so going to do this for the Kids Table. So cute, cute, cute. Thanks for hooking up to our Blog Hop.

  17. How sweet is this!! I want to stay at your kids table!! 😉 Bonnie

  18. We made the popcorn turkey one year … he was a big hit! Yours looks really cute!

  19. what a fun idea!

  20. Such a cute idea! Thanks for linking up with HSH!


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