Post # 1
Another reception question!
We are having our afternoon reception at a multiroom restraunt and I thought it would be fun to deticate one of the rooms to the children (and families) so they have a place to hang out and play (just incase the outdoor space is too cold!) I’d like to put some coloring books and crayons and maybe some games or have a wedding related craft (make the bride and groom some art for their new apartment perhaps 😉 )
Someone suggested that we get some sort of entertainment for the children. Clown, puppets, whatever. We do expect a fair number of children, but they will be from 3 months up and I can’t think of anything age appropriate for all. Do you think I should find some entertainer, or just make sure to have a few activities and kid friendly snacks and let them run loose!
It’s an all cocktail reception so no worries about them disturbing a sit down event!
Post # 3
It would be super nice of you to hire entertainment for the kids but I don’t think anyone would expect you to. Having a room with coloring books and games would probably be enough. Maybe some board games for kiddos that are older? I’d stick with crayons and colored pencils since those won’t stain clothes. Maybe have stickers but no scissors if you are having a wide age range of kids. Don’t want anyone getting hurt.
We are having 18 kids under 10 at our wedding. I raided the dollar store and the dollar bins at Target and made each kiddo a gift bag with stickers, bubbles, coloring books and crayons for the girls and Hot Wheels cars, coloring books, crayons, and bubbles for the boys. I found some cute Hello Kitty, Superman, and Batman small bookbags to put everything in. We’re going to put them at each of the tables since my family wouldn’t feel comfortable being separated from their kids so a kid room wouldn’t work for us.
Post # 4
Magic shows cover a wide range of ages.
Post # 5
Hmm what does everyone think about some sort ot ispy or scavenger hunt. Since all of the children will be family or very close friends, it might be fun to do a scavenger hunt of things or people that I know will be at the venue. (Get a dollar from an adult, get a high five from uncle Pat, learn one fun fact about George Washington (our reception is at his estate), count the number of lanterns in the whole place, etc… could be fun!
Post # 6
Are you having dancing with a dj or band? Most kids actually much prefer that to any kids’ table with crafts, markers, etc that will ruin their dress clothes. If that isn’t available (or even if it is), kids can entertain themselves without help just fine.
Bubbles require adult supervision so that they don’t make messes (spill the soap water all over everything and themselves). Everything else in the favor bags sounds good though.
Post # 7
I love the scavenger hunt idea!
Post # 8
I love the scavenger hunt! I wouldn’t spend money on hiring entertainment, they’ll be fine!Coloring books will be nice but I’m sure that’s good enough
Post # 9
@Ember78: We are having a string quartet- so the children may enjoy it, but i’d like to have another option in another room.
I think ill definitely do the scavenger hunt. Its a fun way to keep the kids entertained but isnt restrictive or expensive (except for the person they get the dollars from :P)