Who doesn't remember sitting at the "kiddie table" at one time or another?

According to a recent survey, 61% of adults and 72% of kids have memories of sitting with laughing siblings and cousins, away from the grown-ups, in their own little enclave.

Lifetime Products, a company that makes tables, chairs, and other types of furniture, manufactures a table that can adjust to three different heights, as the kids grow. The company suggests a few ways to make sitting at the kiddie table special for all of the young family members and friends.

  • Let the kids have "special" unbreakable dishes in paper or plastic that can carry through the pattern or color theme of the holiday.
  • Provide activities for all of the kids. Crayons, colored pencils, and washable markers can turn plain craft paper into a decorate-it-yourself tablecloth. Paper placemats are also good for individual creativity.
  • Be sure to have a special seat for grown-up guests to join the kids at various times during the meal—both to enjoy the conversation and keep an eye on the youngsters.