Post # 1
Fiancé and I are expecting to have about 15 kids at our wedding between the ages of 1 and 8ish. We (I) lol came across this coloring pages idea on Pinterest as something to keep them busy. We would do something similar with multiples pages and a small box of crayons instead of loose crayons. I showed fiancé and he’s on board. Do you think this is a good idea or would we now have to worry about kids coloring on tables or other surfaces if we give them crayons? Our wedding will be in the evening (6pm, reception at 6:30 or 7) so I also wonder if it would be light enough for them to see. The reception is indoors with huge windows along one side of the wall and the sun doesn’t set until around 8:30pm. Did anyone else give out a kid activity? If you are a parent, would you appreciate this gesture or would it be more annoying bc now you have to keep an eye on the crayons?
Post # 2
It’s a nice idea but to be honest, I would let the parents entertain their children the way they think is best. And if you provide something maybe not crayons/markers that could stress parents out more because the kids could draw on tablecloths, clothes etc. Just my two cents.
Post # 3
We’re having about 10 kids ages 1-13. I was thinking of doing something very similar. Looking forward to more thoughts from Bees.
Post # 4
Were putting a little basket with basic stufff we can toss in the trash after …and advising parents to bring the kids ipads etc. Informally. We have a kids zone setup for kids to hang after dinner if they choose. An undecorated table slightly away from the dinner tables where they can feel less restricted post-meal. They have some floor space too.
Post # 5
As a parent , also from a family that grew up with tons of kids, I feel making distractions and acommodations for kids is almost essential for parents to chill. Lol.
They are also getting their own snack n punch table to pick at during cocktail hour. More kid-friendly crudites.
Post # 6
We had quite a few kids at our wedding and had age appropriate building kits (small LEGO sets, transformer sets, etc.) at their seats for the reception. We had good feedback from their parents.
Post # 7
As a mom of a toddler and a baby, and aunt to lots of neices and nephews, we will be having a kids table with crayons, maybe puzzles or bubbles, and a popsicle bucket! I love the little ones and want them to have fun too!
Post # 8
As a parent, I feel we parents should bring something to entertain our own children if we choose to take them anywhere- especially when they will be at an event that continues past their bedtime. On the other hand, I know there are many parents who, for some reason, either choose not to, or forget to do so. I am constantly amazed at the number of parents on a 90 minute ferry ride we take on a regular basis, who don’t bring anything for their kids to do or play with.
It can’t hurt to provide something simple for the kids. If it’s light enough for your guests to eat, it’s light enough for kids to color.
Post # 9
ohdarling : we had about 20 kids at the wedding and we made goody bags for them with arts and crafts to keep them busy. Crayons and coloring books were included and they were a hit
Post # 10
I am also having a kids table but I’m steering clear of crayons. In my experience with my own kids, at 2 years old my daughter would sit and color nicely. My son would be drawing on the tablecloth and walls. Of course as a guest I would watch my child, but I’d be stuck having to watch over him constantly. Even if I took his crayons away, a table full of them would lead to him getting one eventually. For our kids table we’re doing stickers, a board game or 2 with no small pieces, a deck of cards, paper dolls, matchbox cars, ribbon wands and glow stick necklaces.
Post # 11
This is such a small amount of effort but it goes a really long way to keeping kids occupied and allowing your friends and family parents to enjoy themselves.
Post # 12
Remember when we were kids and our parents didn’t care if we were bored… we were just expected to sit still and behave. I would just let parents mind their own kids. The colouring is a cute idea but I’m willing to bet they will all have electronics to keep them busy.
Unrelated but I was on the subway and there was a group of kids being loud and obnoxious and this one little girl who wasn’t a part of that group whispered to her mom, “why are they talking? Don’t they know it’s illegal for kids to talk on the subway?” The mother just looked at her and said, “shhhh”. hahahaha! Imma use that someday!
Post # 13
I don’t think it is a necessity, but of course it can’t hurt to provide something like that, provided they can’t harm anything. From my (admittedly) limited experience of kids, most of the time children are good at entertaining themselves, and if there are other kids around, they often tend to find each other and occupy themselves together. That’s what I remember doing as a kid when my family went to big functions.
My young relative at my wedding loved all the dancing and was on the floor with us all night long.
Post # 14
We did this and it was a big hit amongst the kids and adults. My best friend is an artist and drew our venue and made custom quizzes and activity pages having to do with my husband and I.
Post # 15
We just covered the kids tables in Kraft paper instead of a tablecloth and gave them a tray of crayons and stickers. They were all over it. Someone did accidentally draw on the floor but it was tile and it got scraped off with a razor easily.