Post # 1
Well the wedding is 12 days away and it seems that I have forgotten something that could potentially be important! We have invited children to the reception, but they are "older" kids (ages range from 6-16) and I have chosen to sit them at separate tables than their parents. They are all my cousins and i know they can control themselves… However I’d like to put some things on the table to keep their attention/keep them out of trouble – any suggestions? Obviously coloring books and things like that are a bit too young, but what else? I’d like to not spend too much, but just provide something to pass the time. Suggestions/advice appreciated. Thank you!
Post # 3
I think the teenagers might actually like being treated like adults. And let them try out their "adult skills" of conversing with family members, meeting the new family etc.
Assign them the task of babysitting??? or perhaps Rubix cube, or other table top games of skill?
Post # 4
maybe a deck of cards, a poker set, or a boardgame or two?
Post # 5
I’m not sure what you mean by teenagers. We had a number of kids ages 14 to 17 at our wedding, and they had a great time just hanging out and talking. Later on they were all on the dance floor. It didn’t seem to me as if they really needed anything extra to keep them occupied – they had (as cinderellasmom says) a really good time just being at an adult party, although of course they tended to hang out with each other. And really, it’s only for 4 – 5 hours (including dinner and dancing) unless your reception is sort of unusual. For most kids who aren’t very young, the excitement of the party is going to be enough to keep them occupied for that long.
You might also look at the posts about the wedding cootie-catchers. That’s a fun kind of pre-teen thing. You could make up a few, and leave some blank with pens provided so they could fill out their own. Although really that’s probably more of a girl thing.
Maybe our kids are different than the norm, but they only time they play cards is with us, and they only time they play boardgames is at their grandmother’s (when they are bored stiff and that’s all there is to do).
Post # 6
I got all of the kids gift bags with age-appropriate candy and a toy. The older kids got glow sticks, a book of sudoku, and one of those puzzle games that you have to figure out how to undo. They got candy like Lik-m-sticks, or a candy ring (the girl loved that). The kids loved them. I drew the line at my 16 year-old nephew, though. I knew he probably wouldn’t like something like that. But my 14, 11, and 9 year old nephews/niece loved it!
Post # 7
Of all the family gatherings I’ve been to, my cousins aged 11 to 17 come to all events equipped with their own ipods and/or nintendo ds. They know how to keep themselves occupied. Since my fiance works at a video game company, it couldn’t hurt to scatter some of those on the table..
I do intend to host rock band and/or wii during the morning tea ceremony for the teenagers..and for our friends, too. =)
I think the glowsticks are a great idea! My friend passed out glowsticks and all sorts of glow in the dark paraphernelia during the dance portion of the wedding – it was a hit! We also raided their candy bar while we were hopped on liquor.
For the seven and under, there’s a lot you can do with books, stickers, and travel sized games. I would caution the coloring book idea – some venues may not appreciate crayon stained linens. Also, with candy, you risk upsetting parents by hyping their kids with candy – or showing them candy and their parents having to tell them "no". I hate it when people give my nephews sweets! They don’t need sugar at night!