Post # 1
Okay, while it would be my preference NOT to have children at the reception, it just isn’t going to happen. I am marrying into a very close knit family that also happens to be very large and there are numerous children that are at all family functions. The ages range from newborn to 11. At all the family functions a special effort is made to give the children something special that ties into the holiday and also doubles as an effort to keep them busy and entertained. Does anyone have any ideas for something special I could do for them?
Post # 3
I didn’t mind having certain kids at the reception. I had one of the hostesses pass out coloring books and crayons to all of the kids.
Post # 4
I have 6 kids in my wedding under the age of 7. I found that they all didn’t get off the dance floor and just had a ball dancing and being with everyone. We didn’t have any special activities and all the kids were very well behaved.
Post # 5
@steff2488: I’ve heard of weddings that have had balloon artists, caricature artists, and even a hired Disney character to do a surprise entrance at weddings. All used to keep the kids entertained during the wedding. I think they are great ideas. I love the coloring book idea too.
Post # 6
The kids were on the dance floor all night. They really had an amazing time. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. We however bought activity packs for them from orientaltrading.com as well They were $6 bucks for a 12 of them
Post # 7
Our reception site has an outdoor area and I am going to set up some yard games for them…
Post # 8
I like the idea of the picture scavenger hunt. Another bee posted their DIY and I saved it to my inspiration folder. Hope she doesn’t mind that Im posting it 😀
Post # 9
coloring books, drawing paper, memory games nothing messy at a kids table. Ask his family what they think they should have for the kids.
Post # 10
@HoneyBear: sooo cute!! That would keep kids busy and they would love it!
Post # 11
I had an activity book and crayons for all of them – which also kept many of our friends occupied haha
Post # 12
We are planning on assigning special duties to some of the older kids, friends of my daughter. The kids will all be seated together at a kids table since they will be having a plated meal and not the stationed dinner like their parents. I plan on making my own coloring/activity placemat and having some other cheesy things there for them. After speeches/first dance, etc. I will invite all the kids out to dance with me and my FI and this way the parents can claim them and the older kids can be relieved of duties. With a little bit of planning kids should have a good time and so should their parents!
Post # 13
our reception is adult only, but we will still have 9 kids there 4 of them are in the wedding as flower girls and ringbearer and the other 5 are nephews and nieces. I havent really thought of anything to keep them occupied, they usually just feed off of the excitement and dance around alot
Post # 14
I wanted kids at my wedding/reception as they are such a part of my life. I did hire a couple of babysitters and set up kids only tables which the parents loved. They turned the kids over to the babysitters so they could enjoy themselves and the kids had a great time at their own tables. I’d agree that they LOVED dancing and just being part of the event. Face it – dancing, cake and friends…who needs colors???
I do recommend the babysitters.
Post # 15
I wanted children at our wedding, and I’ve been having so much fun thinking of ways to make the day special for them.
When guests arrive (wedding and reception is at my parents’ house) there will be a lemonade stand manned by the kids. We are having yard games for adults during the cocktail hour (washer toss, croquet, lawn bowling) and will make sure there is a kid-friendly version as well.
At the reception, the caterer is providing chicken fingers& fries (free of charge) and chocolate milk. I’m using ringpops as napkin holders, the “I Spy” cards w/ cameras. My favorite part is the centerpieces….instead of flowers, we are putting out a giant Mr. Potato Head (filled with smaller potato heads and pieces) and a giant play-doh canister (filled with smaller play-doh and cookie cutters) to keep them occupied! They are oh-so-cute.
Post # 16
Can you make a small room in the back or off to the side for them to play in and hire a sitter? (Even just if they are getting tired and need a time out?)
If so, I’d have a dvd player, blankets, pillows, and a bunch of crayons, washable markers, coloring books, and something special with their name on it. Oh, and legos….they’ll play for hours and hopefully fall asleep 🙂