Post # 1
So I don’t really want kids at the wedding but realize that there will be some kids (from the wedding party) and inevitable kiddie crashers. I have decided to make the best of this and and am having a kids table that will be manned by my former assistant. There will be 10 spots for kids, MAX. The table will be for kids under 10
Are any of you having a kids table? How are you decorating it and most importantly how are you planning on keeping the kids busy/entertained?
– My wedding is at an old train station (Union Station in Chicago) so my kids table will have a strong train theme.
– Every place setting will have a little conductor hat & bandana,
– My planner recommended a lot of candy decorations which makes me a teensy nervous (imagining over-indulging and barfing), but I did buy these: Train Shaped Assorted Suckers 12ct.
Keep em busy ideas:
•wedding and train themed coloring books
•Gamez: Zingo, candyland
I figure I can ask the childcare person to pull out a few items every half hour maybe? Any othere ideas?
Post # 3
I wouldnt give them too much candy bc then they will bouncing off the walls! i am inviting kids to my wedding as well. it depends on how old the kids are. Im having like a little activity book for them to color, crossword puzzle etc. so maybe look into something like that. Maybe getting like glowsticks little stuff that wont cost an arm n a leg:) also kids dancing is also another part of the wedding that people love!
Post # 4
- Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium
I didn’t do a kids’ table, but I had lots of kids attend. I made activity bags for them that included coloring books and crayons and puzzles. Honestly, all of the kids had a blast dancing and weren’t in their seats much (all under 8, averaging 4 years old). What you’re thinking sounds like plenty– remember that folks with kids probably won’t be staying too late, so an hour or to of activities after eating will be plenty.
Post # 5
We might do some kind of activity bag but I’m not too worried. It’s really up to their parents to entertain and look after them.
Post # 6
I was at a wedding in April were the kids where invited. There was no “kids” table….the kids sat at the tables with their parents. For each child, the table they were sitting at was a large bucket with their name attached. In the bucket was: a puzzle that they got to color ( my sons was super hero themEd), sunglasses, a slap bracelet, stickers and a few other things. Exploring what was in the bucket took enough time in itself….but then there were the activities, of course. Oh…a led light ring was in there…..all of these were things that they sell in $1 section at Target. Each bucket was probably ten to twelve dollars, and totally worth it.
We still have and use the bucket for outside play. There were no party favors at this wedding (we aren’t doing take home favors, either….but you get to share a special day with us, eat wonderful food a d drink for free!)….so theslilies favors were totally awesome, totally fun and a big hit!
We aren’t having a sit down dinner…doing are doing cocktail style with heavy food. I’m not sure what we will have for kids since they aren’t required to sit anyway, but we will likely do something similar. Plus, they’ll all have eachother to play with.
Post # 7
We didn’t have a kids tables, but we did have almost thirty children guests! We sat them with the parents. I made gift bags for each child, girl and boy versions. I had a DIY activity book I made, crayons, playdoh, and gender specific toys to fill it. We also had glowsticks that could be made into several things like glasses, balls, stars, etc and it was a huge hit with the kids! We also had a photobooth and I would say that was most popular with the kids, lol. What you have sounds great and I don’t think you have to worry too much between them playing with other kids and dancing, etc!
Post # 8
We had about 3-4 kids at our wedding and they all sat with their parents. We did have colouring/sticker books and glow sticks for them to play with. Honestly, maybe they’re just pretty well behaved kids, but they all amused themselves by playing with each other and dancing.
I think having a few activities for them is a good idea in case their attention spans are short, but other than that, if they’re fairly social kids they’ll have fun playing with each other.
Post # 9
@HourThyme: i heard on this forum.. avoid to make a kids table, then parents of those kids would not feel responsible for crying and misbehaving babies… so better sit kids with parents.
Post # 10
@inspiration86: No way, I know those parents, they will NOT take care of their kids if they are sitting with them
I hired someone to watch them and figured it would be easier for her to do so if they are all rounded up
Post # 11
I did children’s bags – they had colouring books, crayons, and a bunch of other stuff.
Look at Oriental Trading Company – http://www.orientaltrading.com/ – they had fantastic pricing on a lot of that little stuff.
Post # 12
@red_pepper_gal: loving things here! I think I might buy some of the tote bags to use as my OOT bags