Our reception will have a kids’ table. There was no way around it, and although I don’t think the children will actually stay at their table through dinner, I am having SO MUCH FUN planning it out. This has been my favorite project so far, but it is a hard one. How do I keep 10-20 children (kids were 20% of our guest list!) entertained for a few hours, or at least through an hour-long dinner?
Making anti-bored-boxes for the tiny ones is so easy: the girls like Disney princesses, the boys like Spiderman, etc. But what do I put in a box to occupy two twelve-year-old girls? Maybe they will just giggle over the cute waiters or something. I think that’s what I was doing when I was 12. Actually, I probably still do that now…
Here is what I have so far:
Pencil boxes from Michaels, in various hues.
I decided not to stick with our color scheme for the kids’ table. It will be a bright mash/splash of color.
(That would be Ike the Big Cat in the background!)
Sticky notes with names and ages to keep myself organized.
Bundles of crayons. Tweens still like to color, right?!
Fairy wands for the youngest (girls and boys).
All unused and leftover materials will be donated to the local charity we work with at my preschool, the Ronald McDonald House. We spend one Sunday each month making breakfast and doing art projects with the children, their parents, and siblings. It is such a rewarding experience, and I am thrilled to be able to bring a little bit of happiness to kids that are having such a hard time.
I am tempted to make a survival box for our super-babysitter-of-love, who will be sitting at the kids’ table and trying to keep them all in one place. For once I won’t be the one keeping an eye on the kidlets!
Are you having a kids’ table at your wedding? Any good ideas on how to keep the children at the kids’ table?!