I was watching The Chew one day and Clinton Kelley had made leaves and scattered them on his Thanksgiving table for décor. I think he stamped them to make them even more festive. He also wrote a question on the backside of each leaf to start conversations. I thought it sounded like a fun way to get our mix of older and younger family members talking on Thanksgiving. We’re a creative bunch and I suspected we’d laugh a lot.
I dug into my grandma cupboard for paper. I had bright orange and bright green tablets of paper the kids hadn’t used much. The colors seemed like the correct colors, if a bit more neon that the actual fall leaves.
I planned a trip to the craft store for a couple of stamps to embellish the leaves. While I didn’t find anything that caught my eye in the stamp department I did find markers with shiny gold paint in them and they were half price. Bonus. I bought two, knowing granddaughter Bella and grandson Casey would love to help me with the project. In the pictures here the paint looks almost silver at times, but it is indeed all gold paint in real life.
I looked online for a leaf shape I liked. I won’t say where I “borrowed” it from, but I made it larger and changed the ends slightly in Photoshop. I put a sheet of white paper on my laptop screen and outlined it, then cut it out and outlined it onto a sheet of cardboard. From there I simply traced a bunch of leaves onto the orange and green paper and cut them out.
The leaves were ready and the next time I babysat my grandkids I had Bella and Casey finish decorating the leaves. Bella drew the squiggly line and Casey made the dots. A few were smeared until we learned that the paint in the markers didn’t instantly dry like a regular marker. We carefully let them set for an hour or so to dry.
I had searched online to find questions and was surprised to find so many sites willing to give lists of conversational questions. I also thought of a few on my own as I copied them all onto a sheet in Notepad then printed them out on a sheet of paper. I wrote a question on the back of each leaf as I watched TV that evening. I was excited to see how this worked for us on Thanksgiving!
After dinner on Thanksgiving Day, the table was cleared and food was put away. I had everyone sit around the table again and spread out the leaves. I explained we’d start with the youngest, Bella, and she’d read a leaf, give her answer, then pass it to another family member to answer. After that person had also answered the question, he/she would choose new leaf and continue.
We laughed, and laughed, and laughed. The questions were seemingly innocent, but we sure had hilarious answers. We teased each other about the answers, all in fun, and it took about an hour and a half to go through 36 questions. Sometimes the questions generated so many answers we went around the table and each of us answered the question. Then the last person to answer would choose the new leaf.
The family all loved what turned out to be a fun game for us. I was happy that the accidental idea from The Chew was so successful. The family agreed they wanted to do it again at Christmas, with new questions and maybe bells for shapes with gold touches by Bella and Casey. I’ll be searching for more question online!
- Cake or pie for the rest of your life?
- Have you ever seen a ghost or an alien?
- What vegetable would you be?
- At what age is a person an adult? Why do you think so?
- What is something that makes your family special?
- Are you a good friend?
- If could change one rule that your family has, what would you change?
- If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do?
- If you could grow up to be famous, what would you want to be famous for?
- Where is your favorite place in the world?
- If you could invent something that would make life easier for people, what would you invent?
- If you could make one rule that everyone in the world had to follow, what rule would you make? Why?
- If you could be a sound, what would it be?
- Who is your best friend and why?
- How would you change the world if you could?
- What is your favorite song?
- What makes you cry?
- What are you thankful for?
- If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
- If you had your own country, what would it be called?
- What are you scared of?
- What chore do you absolutely hate doing?
- What is your favorite body part?
- If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what age would it be?
- If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?
- If you had to change your first name, what would you change it to?
- If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet?
- If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?
- Where’s Waldo?
- The best part of waking up is?
- What was the last lie you told?
- What is your perfect pizza?
- Would you eat a bowl of crickets for $40,000?
- What’s your favorite movie of all time?
- Have you ever had a one night stand?
- What color is your underwear?