(Closed) seperate kids table or not?

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We are doing a kids table for 10 yrs old and up. Anyone younger then that I seated with their parents. I think any younger then 10 by themselves and you are asking for trouble.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

We’re having a kid room with a babysitter(s). We have a lot of kids coming too but their ages are averaging around 8. I wanted to do a activity book/crafting/and movies for the children to keep them busy and let their parents relax.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Do you have space for a separate table for kids to go and do activities, but still officially sit with their parents? I was at a wedding where that worked really well — their ‘home station’ was with their parents but they could go and play with the crafts, etc, on the activity table when they got bored.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I’d say put the activities in a different area of the reception venue, but definitely don’t do a kids table for those ages.  A bunch of unsupervised 5-7 year olds spells disaster.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I agree that a kids table at those ages is not a good idea… if you have enough pre-teens that would probably be fun for them though!

We only have a few younger kids and I plan on leaving a mess-free (ha!) activity kit at their table (colouring book & crayons, flash cards, etc.). The kids (or their parents) may not want them running off to another area to do activities during the dinner/speeches. And they can always move their goodies with them later if you’re having any tables moved for dancing!

Post # 8
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Worker bee

I will be hiring a babysitter and having the few kids at the wedding in a small room that opens out to the balcony (the balcony will reach the top of most kids heads if they were to go down to their parents – so theew won’t be a risk of falling) overlooking the reception where we will have a lounge area.

I am going to have coloring books, kids toys, a popcorn cart, and fun kid foods.

I am also going to put some large floor cushions, blankets, and pillows for children in there – that way they can still be near their parents and their parents don’t feel like they are seperated but everyone can still have a fun adult reception. Our reception is also going to be very late for the children – until Midnight and I would hate for them to be crying and cranky.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

We’re having a kids table, but most of the kids are cousins so they’ll all sit together & have fun. We’re having 2 out of town kids (one is 5, the other 2) so they’ll be sitting with their parents for comfort & because of their age.

I wouldn’t put a child under the age of 8 at a table without their parents!

Post # 10
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Sugar bee

I like the advice given.  The ages are not good for a separate table.  I like the idea of a craft or activity table somewhere.  I love the idea of having decorate their cupcakes.  (Much more interactive, and takes up more times, than simply handing them a piece of cake.)  However, if it’s likely to get messy, have some kind of bib, smock, etc, for them to put on.  Mom won’t like if htey have frosting all over their outfits.  (That’s probably next year’s Easter dress 😉 )

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