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Let us entertain you! Top tips for having children at your wedding

Hello everyone and a belated Happy New Year to you all. January is always a busy month for wedding suppliers as lots of couples get engaged over the festive season and start to make plans for their big day. For many couples who are getting married in 2015, the start of the new year means that their plans start to come together and are finalised.

Today’s post is to give you some ideas of how to entertain younger guests and to hopefully keep them busy and happy – not running around the dance floor and having a mini food fight! I have two young boys and appreciate that sometimes you need to plan ahead a little to keep them busy and to minimise boredom.

Goody Bags

Think about toys and activities that don’t create too much mess, don’t make too much noise and that children can play with on their own, without a lot of parental supervision.

Bubbles, colouring books, finger puppets for very young children, sticker books, activity books with word searches and puzzles, disposable cameras are all easy to source and reasonably priced.

Put the treats in a fun bag or box on their chair, wrapped up like a present.

If you haven’t got time or energy to make your own bags, then you can easily source these already made.

Indoor Entertainment

If your budget allows, then consider investing a professional entertainer. A caricature artist, magician, storyteller or a balloon artist are good ideas.

Set up a children’s craft table, cover with paper and let them doodle away while the speeches are taking place, or for them to sit at while they wait for adults to finish their meal.

Pass the parcel – always a hit!

There are also lots of good table ideas at Printable Activity Books.

http://printable-activity-books.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/wedding-activity-book.html

Keep them busy outside

Especially easy to do if you are having a summer wedding and your outside space is green and the venue is happy for you to use it. Lawn games such as hoopla, a coconut shy, giant Janga or Connect 4 are all great fun for adults too.

Stage a mini sports day with a three-legged race, running races and an egg and spoon race. All you need is an adult or two to run the games and it is sure to run off any sugar rushes from their pudding.

Responsibilities

Some children are full of energy and others are easily bored. Think about giving your young guests small responsibilities during key stages of the day. Older children may want to entertain younger ones for an hour or so during the speeches. Ask them to hand out orders of service, give out the wedding cake or make use of those disposable cameras by setting a treasure hunt of things they need to photograph.

Is there a room at your venue which could be set up if young children and parents need a little break from the party? A quiet room maybe with a TV films. Don’t forget to check about baby changing facilities.

Children can be a lot of fun at weddings and remember that it is their parents’ ultimate responsibility to keep them entertained and I have no doubt that ipods and iphones will make an appearance too!

Karen, Darby & Joan.

For my more fantastic ideas and inspiration visit www.darbyandjoanvintage.co.uk

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