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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Children at the Reception?

What will the little ones do on your special day, especially at the reception? Children provide an element of surprise, innocence and tenderness, because they say and do such funny things. To keep the little people busy during the reception, have crayons, coloring books, books, paper, and a few toys available.

Give them inexpensive, disposable cameras and let them play photographer. You’ll capture unique, child’s-eye-view imagery of your celebration that you wouldn’t otherwise have and some you can never use.

Give older children jobs to do like attending the guest book, passing out favors or manning a kiddie food table or sundae station. Kids and adults love creating their own deserts.

Hire a face painter, a clown, magician (children love magic), a balloon artist who makes balloons in the shape of animals or other children-friendly entertainment. When entertaining children remember that they need lots of variety. Never assume that if you provide them with one activity that they will be content for a three or four-hour reception.

Place a table at the back of the room so children can get up and race around without causing disruption to other diners. Provide a special cinema corner with DVD player with a kids movie, complete with popcorn and a supply of pillows and blankets. Some of the kids will crash before the closing credits.

Look for a company that specializes in providing interactive entertainment for children during the wedding and the reception. Or. . . hire a trusted friend to babysit the kids in a special room. Have a private “kids only” room. This will allow you and your adult guests to focus on celebrating every precious moment of your special day.

A box of toys under the table will placate very young children, while a jug of pens and pencils in the middle of the table, combined with a white “paper” tablecloth, can provide older kids with hours of fun. Sticker books, dot-to-dot books, legos, jigsaw puzzles, and some reading books work too. Ask the kids to draw their version of the wedding and sign them to give to the Bride and Groom.

Activities are only limited by your imagination. Have the DJ announce a “kids only” dance.

For a more controlled environment with less disruptions, seat children at their parents table. Kids are usually more behaved and less rambunctious when seated next to mom and dad rather than other children.

Your comments are always welcome!

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