The summer of 2021 is expected to be a bumper year for weddings, as last year’s postponed occasions go ahead at last. If you are getting married yourself, you might be worried that your own or your guest’s children will become bored. Here are some tips to help keep them amused on the big day.
Plan some outdoor games
If the weather looks set fair and the venue has some outdoor space, then kids will love some traditional games to play. Outdoor Jenga and Twister are popular choices, as are simple things such as skipping ropes and hula hoops. If you really want to go the extra mile, children will be delighted with a bouncy castle!
Set up a kid’s table
If the weather is bad, or there is no suitable outdoor space, then set aside an indoor area where the children can gather. This could simply be a table laid with art and craft materials for making cards, colouring in books, and so on. Boardgames and jigsaws will also occupy kids of all ages, and encourage them to mix and get talking to each other.
Hire a professional entertainer
If there will be several children at the event, you could hire a professional children’s entertainer, such as a magician or face painter. For a wedding with lots of young children and toddlers in attendance, it may even be worth hiring a childminder or nanny to give the parents a break and a chance to mingle freely with the other guests.
Arrange a children’s menu
Most kids are just as happy, if not more so, to eat fishfingers or sausage and mash than a carefully prepared gourmet meal. Give them some alternative food options to avoid any fuss at the dinner, and their parents will thank you for it!
Let them have fun on the dancefloor
Before the adults get into the full swing of the evening, it might be a good idea for the kids to let off some steam on the dancefloor! Take requests for some favourite songs beforehand, or ask the DJ to bring some child-friendly tracks along. No doubt this will be an excellent opportunity to witness some fine ‘dad dancing’ too!
Create a time out corner
Once the venue starts to get busier during the evening, young children may become overwrought or weary. A corner or side room with some bean bags and cushions or pillows will let them have some quiet time. Put some crafts materials, board games, or books aside for them to keep them occupied, or even arrange a movie room if there are several children.
Make some goody bags
Create a selection of goody bags, preferably personalised for each child, so they can have fun looking through it and comparing each other’s gifts. Toys and puzzles, sweets, bubbles, coloured pencils and colouring books could be included, and the kids will no doubt be eager to trade in items for others, helping them to break the ice and mingle with each other.
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