Keeping Kids Happy at the Reception
By Leah Steenstra
Most likely, you'll have kids attending the reception. With
a few special touches, you could make them the happiest age
group around. Below are a few ideas to cater to the younger
Hopefully, most children in this age group will be home with
a babysitter. However, if you suspect they'll be there, here
are a few things to consider:
Check if your reception hall has booster
seats, high chairs and diaper-changing stations. If they
don't, contact the parents to make sure they bring all
Seat the family with other families who
are also bringing young children. If the little tyke starts
crying, they tend to be more understanding then say, a
group of single 20-somethings. No other young kids? Seat
them with the most patient people you know.
Ages 5 - 10
If you have enough kids in this age group to fill a table,
consider seating them together. Be sure to hire a babysitter
for the table to ensure they don't join you during the father/daughter
dance or throw spaghetti at Aunt Matilda.
Below are a few more ideas for this age group:
If you choose to have a kid's table,
cover it with a paper tablecloth so they can draw on it.
For a centerpiece, provide a bucket of crayons, several
cartons of play-dough or travel games.
Check to see if your reception or catering
company offers kid's meals at a reduced cost.
Before the traditional bouquet toss and
garter throw for adults, have a candy toss for kids. This
way, the kid's can participate but you won't be caught
in the awkward situation of having a garter-toting, 6-year-old
boy traveling up the leg of a 30-year-old.
Maybe the chicken dance makes you cringe,
but kids love it!
For favors, send them home with candy
or a small toy. Just make sure it isn't anything they'll
Adolescents. This is the age where a kid will walk 15 feet
behind their parents for fear of being associated with the
"most embarrassing human beings alive." Do them
a favor and seat this age group together. While you probably
don't need an adult at their table, place them at a table
next to adults who won't let them misbehave. Besides this
word of warning, treat this group as you would any adult (minus
the alcohol, of course).
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