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The Kids Table. Place Holder Surprise Balls for Thanksgiving.

I remember Thanksgiving dinner as a child. It was always a really fun time of year-- I got to see all of my cousins, play as much as I wanted and eat as much as I could.

One thing I didn't exactly love was "the kids table". That was a unwavering tradition in our family: The Kids Table. All of the adults got to sit around the nice dining room table (the table that only gets used a couple of times a year) and we, the kids, sat at a foldable plastic table; together, away from "grown people's conversation". LOL. I was so envious of my older cousins that got to sit at the grown up table. It's silly, I know. I also know that many people can relate! :)

This year, in anticipation of the infamous kids table appearing during the holidays, I decided it would be fun to spruce it up with surprise balls that would also work as place settings for the kids. Each child would know where to sit and each child would walk away with some cool toys at the end of dinner as she/he unraveled their place holder. Win, win. 

Here is what you will need:

Crepe (streamer) paper in assorted colors 


washi tape

double sided tape

small toys/gifts in various tiny sizes


Step 1: Place the largest toy at the edge of the streamer paper. Side Note: You should work your way from largest/bulkiest to smallest/flattest object. 

Step 2: Continue to add additional toys into the fold & wrap the streamer in circular motions, creating a round shape.

Remember: Crepe paper has fairly good elasticity. Don't be afraid to stretch the streamer firmly around your gifts. This will smooth out the edges of the streamer better. You will also have more control over the shape of the surprise ball.

Step 3: Once your last gift has been added and wrapped, cut the streamer and secure at the bottom side of the surprise ball with a little bit of double sided tape. 

Step 4: Repeat steps 1 through 3, working your way through the different shades of crepe paper. 


Step 5: Write out all of the children's names on your roll of washi tape; cut and place at the top/center of each surprise ball. 


And that's it! Easy-peasy.