(Closed) Entertaining Children at Reception

posted 8 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
762 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I am probably going to get a sitter. We have invited about 12 kids ages 1 yr-10yrs. They will probably enjoy dancing and they have a 75 seat theater where they can watch a childrens movie and we have access to the butterfly house for the first hr. Plus our reception is only 3 1/2 hours long. Maybe you could get little “favors” for them based on age (coloring books, mad libs books etc.) to keep them busy.

Post # 4
2196 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I would just suggest NOT putting any 13 or 14 year olds at a kid’s table, with the sitter, etc.  These are teens and may even be in high school and probably will feel embarrassed, uncomfortable, and bored at a table with kindergarteners coloring and sipping juice boxes.  Even 11-12 is pushing it for a separate kids’ section, I know I would have preferred to be with the grown-ups at that age.

But entertainment for younger children is always a great idea!  Try searching for “kids table” in the forums, lots of people have made great suggestions.  We are definitely getting a sitter to watch them in a room across the hall from the reception, if they tire out at the adults reception.  For dinner, we’re offering a kids’ selection and will provide them with coloring books and toys, and will decorate it a bit more kid-friendly!

Post # 6
5154 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

Elegrant Event Sitters looks pretty cool…is it only in certain states?

I am using these boxes for our kids and will have all children under 12 at childrens tables (unless they prefer to be with their parents) and all will have childrens dinner instead of the plated adult dinners.


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