Fun favors or if you are creating a kid's entertainment kit

I know...stocking stuffers for favors? Well if fun toys are your thing, these are cute options. If not, worth buying to keep little guests entertained!
Posted on December 1, 2007 at 10:51 am


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Those would be fun to have on the dinner and/or cocktail tables! They're a little pricey for individual favors, so the people that want one can just grab one.
Posted on December 1, 2007 at 11:03 am


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If you're looking for something similar, but on a budget, you can find similar items for a lot less at Walmart, Target, Walgreens, Longs and the Dollar Tree. I think that if you're going to have several or more children under 12 at your wedding reception, that creating a child-friendly table/area is a must.


Entertaining Children at a Wedding
Keep Them Happy and Engaged and Out of the Way
? Christy Matte

Jul 31, 2007

Keep young wedding guests amused with some simple and fun ideas.
Children can add a lot of joy to a wedding celebration, but they are unpredictable and it?s important to plan ahead for their needs. With some inexpensive and simple items, the youngest wedding guests can easily be entertained. This will keep them from interrupting the reception and will ensure that they enjoy themselves as well.

Give Them a Place to be Kids

Decorate a table with a coordinating paper table cloth to avoid damage to the more expensive cloth versions.

Place crayons, coloring books and stickers on the table for a creative activity.

Create a colorful and tasty centerpiece with a foam base and some lollipops. Find a fun-shaped floral foam base form the local craft shop. Buy a large bag of lollipops. Round lollipops with colorful wrappers work best. Insert the lollipop sticks into the base closely together to create a lollipop ?topiary?.

Older children may appreciate eating together at their own table away from parents, especially if they already know each other.

Keep them Busy

Make a goody bag for each child with age appropriate trinkets, crayons and snacks. In addition to keeping the kids busy in the early stages of the reception, it will help stave off cranky behavior due to hunger.

Give older children disposable cameras and ask them to play photographer during the reception.

Create a people scavenger hunt. Ask participants to get the signature of a member of the bridal party, friend of the bride, friend of the groom, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. Assign a family member to collect the finished scavenger hunt and give out prizes.

Assign several children to lead the cheering when the bride and groom are introduced and when they depart the reception. They might have noise makers, bubbles, bells or special wands.

Ask them to help other guests find their tables.

Give them Some Attention

Invite children to dance. Dedicate a special dance such as the Hokey Pokey or the Bunny Hop to the kids and dance along.

Ask older children to keep an eye on younger ones to keep them out of trouble.

Make sure the children have been introduced to one another. Another child or family member can take responsibility for this.

Take a moment to thank each of them for coming.

Cater to Their Needs

Make sure they are fed in a timely manner with age-appropriate food choices.

Create a kid-friendly ?cocktail? so they can participate in the toast and have a fun drink.

Give them special favors that will keep them busy such as customized wedding coloring books, toy cars or bubbles.

Anticipating the needs of the children attending a wedding reception allow for a more pleasurable event for everyone involved. Make sure that someone takes responsibility for looking after their needs and the bride and groom can relax and just have fun.

My BFF had 20 or so kids at her outdoor wedding reception and they had a pinata in the shape of a wedding cake (in their wedding colors) and it was a HUGE hit! They hung it over the dance floor and lined the kids up from smallest to tallest to each get a fair go at it. Of couse, it also made for awesome photos as the bride and groom took their turns and was a nod to the bride's Mexican heritage. They also lucked out with a location that had a playground on the property....also a great diversion for the kiddos (and more photo ops for the bridal party).
Posted on December 1, 2007 at 11:08 am


I agree, if you've got a lot of people, it can really add up! I'm ordering the card/trivia games for a kids table, but definitely not the kazoo!
Posted on December 1, 2007 at 11:10 am

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