(Closed) Kids Table?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 4
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314 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

IMO I would not sit that many kids together without adult supervision, espicially the 4 and 6 year olds. I teach 1st grade, so I am familiar with the shenanigans of the under 7 age when left to their own devices.  I would sit them with their parents, I know I would not want my 4 year old at a different table from me, espicially at someone else’s wedding! I would be totally embarrassed if they were to spill something, start crying, screaming, or fighting. Would the teenagers, be specifically there to watch the kids or just teenagers who happen to also be invited to your wedding? If they aren’t there specifically to babysit, then can you guarantee that they will be watching them all the time?  Get some cheap dollar tree items like coloring books, crayons, and small travel games in a little goodie bag at their seat to keep them occupied. Or if there is room at your venue, you could put these items on a seperate table so that if the kids want and parents allow them, they can sit there and play after the dinner. 

Post # 6
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314 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Understood, I had Mother-In-Law watched our daughter so I totally know how you feel. I would just make sure that there is one person whose job it is to be watching the kids- maybe one of the teenagers you mentioned. Just explain their role to them. Just my opinion though 🙂 

Post # 7
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Busy bee

For our wedding, we had a large kid’s table at the back of the room, but children were initially seated with their parents. Thus, we left it up to the discretion of the parent when, and if, the child could mozey on over to the “kid’s table”. We put some large coloring books and crayons (NOT feltpens, as kids are dressed in their nice clothing) on the table. All the kids ate with their parents, and then some of them headed to the kid’s table for the reception. We also included ‘child’ favors at each kid’s seat instead of an adult favor. Girls got a little doll and boys got a small lego set. Everything worked out perfectly!

Post # 9
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Busy bee

@rubybride718:  Oooh ya, good point (I didn’t read your previous post carefully). Well, the only reason we nixed having kids sit a table by themselves for the whole reception was becasue a) there were some really young ones who needed help eating and b) FI’s sister is pretty over-protective wouldn’t have wanted her son sitting away from her. I think if you place the kids close to their parents (close enough that an adult can slide over and shooosh them if they get to rowdy), then they’ll be fine. Talk to the older ones before hand and make them feel special and in charge, and place the parents (or other adults whom the kids know) at tables right next to the kid’s table. 

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I think its a good idea.  I would definetely put a couple teenagers very close to it to handle any issues that could arise.  Otherwise, I think the kids will be just fine and like hanging out with each other.  I would bring some coloring books, books, games and get the kids involved when its time to dance. 

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