In our new home we have a dining table we bought from the previous owners because it fits perfectly for the dining area. It’s rather large — it seats eight — and is almost new. It’s made from a beautiful dark wood and I was a little hesitant about having the kids sit there for their meals knowing they would bang things, spill, and otherwise make huge messes on it. I also was thinking about the fact that I would be doing craft projects with V, which means glitter, glue, paint, scissors, etc., and that would be a nightmare trying to contain on the dining table.
Since we have a kitchen nook area, I thought having a small table, preferably one made of a durable hard plastic, for messy food and messier crafts might be a good idea. Of course Ikea had something that would work with their MELLTORP square table. I got the smallest they had (29 inches — 75 cm) and it’s perfect.
For now I feed the kids breakfast and lunch at this little table closer to me in the kitchen, and IM prefers for us to have dinner at the large table.
I could have left it as is. It’s covered with melamine, which is moisture and scratch resistant. But I wanted placemats to mark the positions where V and T sit. A few years ago I came across this Bunnytown sticker book at a used book sale and had loved it so much I laminated page spreads of the book. I still had those laminated pages and wouldn’t you know they are the perfect size for a place mat. I originally had intended to stick these to the wall in V’s room for her to put bunny stickers on but then never did. Now I decided they would be even better as placemats.
I started with two for the little table and let V pick which one she wanted. She went with the one that had a school theme. For T I picked one with a town scene because it had a road on it and sooner or later he’ll be driving a little car on it I’m sure.
I hadn’t planned to use the others but as we sat down to have dinner on our large dining table, we realized placemats were a good idea there as well. I stuck down the placemats to the small table with double sided tape, but left the ones intended for the dining table loose.