The bonus of decorating a kids' table is that place settings or centerpieces can entertain the munchkins while they're waiting for food.
• See a slideshow of kids' tables (including the pine cone turkey, above) at MarthaStewart.com.
We really like the trivia turkeys, too—and all they require are construction paper and some brads. But we've got some other super fast options:
• Cover the table in butcher paper and have each kid draw an outline of their hand at their seat. Then let them color in the ubiquitous hand turkey.
• Scatter pretty fall leaves across the table for decoration, then let the kids make leaf colorings by putting paper on top and rubbing a crayon over it.
• Write kids' names in permanent marker on mini pumpkins, apples, or pears.
• Place a big bowl of "ingredients" in the middle of the table: a sweet potato, a regular potato, a few slices of bread, sprigs of herbs (you could also draw them) and have kids guess which dish contains which ingredient.
• Use felt rectangles (available at any crafts store) in pretty Thanksgiving-ish colors as place mats. After the meal, the kids could cut shapes out of the felt and glue them to popsicle sticks as puppets. Or, punch a hole in the top, tie a ribbon to it, and you've got a new Christmas ornament.