Fun Activities for Kids at a Wedding Reception

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Fun Activities for Kids at a Wedding Reception
Equip your reception site with kid-friendly activities. (boy holding corsage image by jimcox40 from

Your wedding day is meant to be all about you and your fiancé, so the last thing you want your guests focusing on during the toasts is the group of children running wildly around the reception venue. Many wedding couples are asking their guests to leave their kids at home, but you don't have to go to this extreme to control the little rascals during the adult festivities. Prepare activities ahead of time and let all the parents know what will be available for their kids to do.

Game Room or Kids' Corner

The best way of keeping kids out of your hair during the reception is to have a space reserved just for them. If your reception is in a church, ask if there is a Sunday-school room you can rent out adjacent to the reception hall; if you have no separate space, try taping off an area with brightly coloured tape in designs so it doesn't look like you're relegating the children to the corner. Set up some quiet card games and building blocks or art activities for the children in either the extra room or the kids' corner. If you have access to a laptop, have a kids' movie playing quietly.

Cover the Kids' Table

When it's time for the meal, give the kids their own table and cover it with large sheets of butcher paper or even an inexpensive white tablecloth. Place plenty of crayons and (washable) markers on the table and let the kids know they can write and draw all over their place at the table. This tablecloth could even turn into a cute keepsake if you ask the kids to draw the bride and groom or wedding ceremony on the table.

Personal Goody Bags

Whether the kids will be sitting at their own table or with their parents, assemble little bags of goodies for them and have a bridesmaid or usher give them to the children when they arrive. Fill the children's bags with items depending on their age and gender, but be sure none of the toys inside are loud or require any assistance from adults. Give them things like stickers, hand-held games, plastic animals and activity booklets. Opening the bags will be like getting a little present, and the children can be occupied without causing a ruckus.

Entertainer or Babysitter

If you have the budget, hire an entertainer to keep the kids busy while they're waiting for the next event. A clown or magician will get the kids' attention and keep their focus on something so they don't get the idea to start pulling down your hall decorations. Even if you don't want a magician at your wedding, you can hire a professional babysitter or day-care provider who isn't a guest at the wedding, but who is paid to watch the children in attendance. Give this person lots of resources like games and sidewalk chalk and ideas for taking the kids on walks.

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