If your family is anything like mine, you’ll be having quite a few little ones present for your big day. While kids can be a blessing, they also get bored rather quickly. I know I do, and I’m way beyond the “little one” stage. So while dinner, drinking, and dancing may be enough to entertain the adults, it may be worth a few bucks to give the kids something to do as well.
For our wedding, we plan to put together little gift bags for each child under 10, filled with toys and other goodies to keep busy hands busy :). My first (aka favorite) piece of advice is to start early. Check dollar stores or craft stores for clearance items or cheap “stocking stuffers” especially right after the holidays. So far I’ve picked up puzzles, sticker books, and activity books, each for less than $1.
Here are a couple other tips for helping your littlest guests have fun too!
Martha Stewart Weddings has this adorable template for an “I Spy” game. Just print out copies of the game and give them a disposable camera.
And who doesn’t love lollipops? This adorable assortment from CandyWarehouse.com would be perfect for closing the bags – just fold the top over, punch two holes, and weave the lollipop stick thorough the holes.
Another great place to pick up little gifts and games is Oriental Trading Company. If you’ve ever helped plan a student carnival in high school, then you’re probably familiar with this company. They make inexpensive toys, etc. and sell them in bulk. One of my favorites is the wedding place mats.
Your venue will definitely appreciate the extra protection on their tables :).
They also make these awesome scratch art bookmarks, which kids will be sure to love. Just use the wooden stick to scratch off the black, revealing color beneath it.
They also sell tons of small crayon and pencil packs.
A couple things to keep in mind:
- Bubbles and sticky/gooey toys may be fun, but make dance floors slippery, can get into food, and can be messy to clean up.
- Avoid anything permanent. There is no guarantee that kids will draw where they’re supposed to.
- Unless you want sirens and beeping to compete with your DJ all night, don’t get anything that makes noise. Remember some day you may have kids and your relatives may retaliate with similar headache-inducing toys.
- Toys that bounce, fly, roll, or are designed to be thrown are probably not the best choice. Just think of all the broken glasses and dishes that will be added to your bill.
- Remember the age of each guest. Toys designed for older kids may have small parts that pose a choking hazard to children under 3 and toys designed for 4-year-olds will bore a 9-year-old to tears.
We plan to label each bag with the specific child’s name and place them on the same table as the escort cards. That way we can customize the bags for each age.
Are you doing anything special for the children invited to your wedding?