You’ve carefully selected your party favors, picked out your wedding band or DJ, and finally decided on a dinner menu that’s sure to please most everyone. Your youngest guests won’t always appreciate the details you’ve worked so hard on, and may need something more to keep them occupied and having fun. Here are a few ideas that cater to the kids at your wedding reception.
Kid-friendly Party Favors
Keeping kids busy doesn’t have to be a chore. A basket-full of crayons and coloring books at your hall entrance is the easiest way to ensure the little ones have something to do before dinner is served. They can also be used to write congratulatory messages to the bride and groom. Want to go one step further? Create a game sheet with tic-tac-toe, crosswords, true and false questions, and fun facts about the bride and groom.
Board Game Table
Check your closet for a stack of games like Monopoly, Checkers, and Scrabble. Though you haven’t played them in a while, they can be a free and easy way to keep kids happy at your reception. If there’s room, plan to have a game table near the back of your hall, so your guests see the game area as they walk in. It’s not always possible to know how many young ones to expect, so be sure to bring a few extra, just in case! You’ll find it to be a popular gathering space for kids of all ages.
Host a Contest
If you know lots of little ones will be attending, create a competition! Kids are usually attentive when rewards are involved. Who’s the best at coloring, making balloon animals, hula-hooping? Have the DJ give the winners a mention and a small prize, and your little guests are sure to have a memorable night!
Things to Remember
There are a few things to keep in mind when planning activities for children at your reception. You may want to avoid bubbles or anything liquid. Spills get messy and dance floors get sticky. Avoid anything permanent, as kids may not always draw where they are suppose to! Stay away from things that fly and bounce, as it’s simply not worth broken dishes and shattered glass. Lastly, keep your activities simple so that kids of all ages can participate in some way.
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