From the open bar to the golden oldies, weddings are the ultimate feel-good party for grown-ups. But what’s in it for the little ones? Keep your smallest guests not only occupied but delighted with these 11 fun ideas.
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Have the Bartender Whip Up Custom Kiddie “Cocktails”
Fancy mini milkshakes should get them excited for the Champagne toast.
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Make the Kid Table a Play Table
Get creative when it comes to tablescaping for the kiddos – candies, toys, crayons, and a doodle-friendly paper table runner will keep them busy through at least the second course.
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Set Up a Kids-Only Hideaway
Designate a separate space for the kids to hang, whether that’s a breezy outdoor teepee or an adjacent rec room. Stock it with board games treats and even a mini projection screen for watching Frozen.
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Print a Scavenger Hunt
Give each kid a list and a disposable camera and challenge them to locate and photograph every last item. Who knows? They might end up being your favorite wedding photos.
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Elevate Lawn Games with Prizes
Bocce, croquet, and corn hole are mega-popular options for an outdoor wedding. Add some kid-approved prizes and a formal moderator (cough, a babysitter) for extra incentive.
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Hang an Enormous Chalk Paper Wall
And challenge the under-ten set to make you a stunning wedding mural.
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Rent an Ice Cream Truck
We love a good wedding food truck – whimsical, nostalgic, and just plain fun. But who wants plain old tacos when you could have choco tacos?
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Set Up a Cupcake Decorating Station
Another sweets option? Set up a table where kids can decorate petite desserts for guests. (PS: Hire a culinary skilled babysitter to supervise.)
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Stock a Photo Booth with Toy Props
Have you ever watched a five-year-old take selfies? Yeah, a photo booth should keep her occupied all night long – especially when props like swords and masks are added to the equation.
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Rent a Showstopping Amenity
If you want to really ball out, rent a carousel, bouncy castle, or merry-go-round. Endless entertainment, epic wedding photos.
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Tell Guests to Bring Their Pups
Better than a babysitter, as far as we’re concerned.