If the kid to adult ratio at your wedding is a bit larger than you initially anticipated take the necessary steps to plan accordingly. After you’re sure the day will run smoothly for the wee ones (and yourself), you’ll want to have plenty of activities to keep their little bodies busy. Here are a few tips to help keep everyone amused.
Shower Them With Gifts – Place a small bag filled with fun toys/games at each child’s dinner seat. Include things like: a small notebook or coloring book, crayons, bubbles, gum, Mad Libs, comic books, etc. It’s good to choose activities that will keep them both occupied and relatively quiet.
Hire Entertainment – Depending on how much space you have, consider hiring a child’s entertainer such as a magician, clown or face-painter. This works particularly well if you’re having an outdoor wedding. Designate as special area for the performances to take place that is within viewing distance from the main reception area, but far enough away that it isn’t distracting for everyone else.
Create a Teen Hang Out – Want to make sure the teens are digging your party too? One way to make the adolescent crowd feel comfortable is to set up a teen lounge area. Create a separate area with non-alcoholic drinks, snacks, popular music, magazines, and plenty of comfortable seating. Your 16 year-old niece will thank you – and probably have a good time, to boot.
Sports/Activity Area – Again, if you’re hosting an outdoor wedding this is a great idea. Hire or designate a willing friend or relative to supervise the children in playing games. Ideas for games or activities include: a three-legged-race, hula-hoops, badminton, whiffle ball, or jump rope.
Set Up a Game Table – If physically active games aren’t possible, set up a table with an array of board games. Include games for every age group – from Monopoly to Chutes and Ladders.
Designate a Toy Area – For the younger kids, all you’ll need are a few interesting toys to keep them happy. Classic toys like blocks, Legos, or books will help ease babies and toddlers when the boredom sets in. Their parents will thank you too.
Offer an Art Table – Cover a table with white butcher paper and stock it with crayons, markers, pens and pencils. You can also include coloring books, jewelry-making supplies, and construction paper. Your little guests will lose themselves in their creations – keeping them occupied and content.