When having your reception, the last thing you want is twenty little ones running around screaming, and completely bored, desperately seeking their parents attention. If you still want your friends and family to attend, and not have to worry about their children, there are a number of ways you can keep them occupied.
One great idea is to hire a babysitter to take care of the children for the day, and night. Your wedding might start around five, so be prepared to pay your babysitter up until the last child leaves. Make sure that the sitter is reputable, and able to handle multiple children at a time.
If hiring a babysitter is not an option, consider having a separate room for the children to go to, where parents can intermittently check on them throughout the night. If you outfit the room with enough stuff, this will keep them busy all night long. While teenagers might not be running around screaming, they can get bored, and while you don’t want to see them on their cell phones the whole night, you might want to set up a room for them. Think about a cool lounge with tables and chairs, with some snacks and sodas, and plenty of magazines, maybe even a computer.
For the little ones, you might consider a room to themselves as well, that they can have arts and crafts in, as well as sports equipment, or even a coloring area, that you can clean up easily.
Provide some sidewalk chalk, and some outdoor equipment if you have the space available and let the children loose outside, as long as an adult is present! This will definitely tire your little guests out, and your friends and family will have a great night!
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