Grab their attention with a show-stopping centerpiece like one of these! This marshmallow snowman or gingerbread house will be sure to dazzle them. Photo source for snowman here and gingerbread house here.
Make the kids' place settings fun! I love this elf hat using a table napkin from Good Housekeeping here. The Santa napkin rings are a fun touch (source here), as well as the Santa cup holder. If you don't want to use it for candy, use it to hold crayons and coloring pages to keep the kids sitting at the table.
No harm in giving kids a peak at the dessert! These melted snowmen are too adorable and kids will get a kick out of them! (Directions here.) This sea glass jello was submitted by a reader, and I bet it will have the kids "oohing and aahing"! Use red and green to make it especially festive! Thanks Sarah for the tip! (Directions here)