Kids add an amazing sense of energy and joy to weddings. However, adding kids on your guest list also generates the fear that they will get bored, cause unnecessary disruptions, or drive their parents crazy. In order to plan a reception that can be enjoyed by both your adult guests and the little ones, it is important to have prepared kid-friendly fun. There is no denying that a happy bunch of kids makes for a stress-free day.
Setting aside a designated area for the kids to be can help contain their bursting energy. This allows them to play with others their age and creates an area for fun activities that are out of the way of the adult areas.
Your choices of games depends on what fits your venue best. Games such as cornhole, jenga, ring toss, horseshoe, and coloring books are sure to entertain the little ones. The adults might even join in!
There's no use trying to force kids to eat salmon or "just try one bite" of the kale salad. This almost always ends in disaster. To avoid this, provide heart-shaped PB&Js, dippable veggies, cake pops, and other finger foods. The kids will appreciate it and so will your budget.
Having at least one adult in charge of the kids will help allow your guests to relax without having to constantly worry about where their kid is. Whether you hire someone or one of your guests volunteers, it will help keep the kids wrangled.
Often times we don't think about the fact that kids usually don't get to participate in toasts. If the adults get to clink their fancy drinks, so should the kids! Sparkling cider or lemonade serve as great champagne substitutes. Plus, if any of your other guests prefer a non-acoholic beverage you have an option for them.
Make sure you get plenty of pictures of the kids with the bride and groom. They'll be so excited to be apart of your big day and you will cherish those photos forever. That being said, a photobooth will keep kids making silly faces for hours. Set aside a bunch of props and other dress-up items for them to play with.