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Beach Table Number Holders Made from Driftwood

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Emma Arendoski

CEO/Editor at Emmaline Bride
Blogger, author, wife + mother. I love coffee, DIY, handmade + all things wedding. Check out my books: "The Handcrafted Wedding" (2012) and "The Inspired Wedding" (2014). You can also find me blogging at Emmaline Baby.
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If your wedding theme is beach inspired, you’ll want to snag a set of these driftwood beach table number holders! We spotted them over at Once Upon A Shore‘s shop where Tami creates amazing beach wedding decor. These table numbers are a favorite because they’re made from reach driftwood! We’ve never seen anything like it before. You know beach weddings can be jam-packed with delightfully themed decor and these numbers are your reception table’s finishing touch.

Go + Get ‘Em

You can find these beach table number holders at Once Upon A Shore.

10 Effortless Ways to Entertain Kids at Weddings

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Emma Arendoski

CEO/Editor at Emmaline Bride
Blogger, author, wife + mother. I love coffee, DIY, handmade + all things wedding. Check out my books: "The Handcrafted Wedding" (2012) and "The Inspired Wedding" (2014). You can also find me blogging at Emmaline Baby.
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If you’re inviting kids to your wedding, you’ll probably want to keep them entertained, right? If not, they’ll get bored and unless they have something to do they’ll be taking turns trying to sneak icing from your cake on their fingers and play hide and seek underneath your decorated tables.

Their parents are probably keeping a watchful eye, but doesn’t that sound like what you’d do if you were a kid bored at a wedding? Me too. So, let’s change the dynamic. Let’s make it fun for them. Let’s make kids a part of the party. They don’t want to sit through speeches and wait through dinner. They aren’t that interested in dancing, at least not the slow stuff. And they’re all dressed up and their bowties or dresses are uncomfortable and all they want to do is play. So let them! Here are some ways you can keep kids entertained at weddings so they can be a part of the fun (and their parents can enjoy the party all night long). Enjoy!

This might be the cutest thing I’ve ever at a ceremony. Flower girls being pulled on a wagon by the ring bearer? Now that’s adorable.

flower girls being pulled on wagon by ring bearer

photo: brett heidebrecht via wedding chicks

10 Effortless Ways to Entertain Kids at Weddings

1. Bubble Basket at Ceremony

Provide a basket of bubble jars at your ceremony. It’s fun for all ages (and unlike confetti, it doesn’t leave any cleanup behind). Tiny jars are so inexpensive, too!

bubble box for kids via 10 Effortless Ways to Entertain Kids at Weddings at EmmalineBride.com

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2. What Shall I Photograph?

Provide each kid with a disposable camera and a list of things to photograph at the wedding. This will keep them busy (and you’ll have a cute arrangement of photos taken from a child’s view).

what shall i photograph kids idea at wedding via 10 Effortless Ways to Entertain Kids at Weddings at EmmalineBride.com

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3. Life-size Lawn Games

HUGE life-size versions of Connect Four or Jenga or Jumbo Checkers are sure to keep them entertained outdoors!

huge connect four game via 10 Effortless Ways to Entertain Kids at Weddings at EmmalineBride.com

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tall lawn jenga

photo: larsen’s photography

You can buy them here: Connect Four | Lawn Jenga | Jumbo Checkers

4. Kids Only Area

Make a kids-only area with toys, coloring books, crayons, and blankets.


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5. Lego Building

Put legos in a bowl at a kids table and let them go to town!

legos at table via 10 Effortless Ways to Entertain Kids at Weddings at EmmalineBride.com

photo: gemma clarke photography

6. Color a Card

Place these packets at each child’s place that includes crayons, candy, and a card. There’s a note that tells them to ‘color a card for the bride and groom’.

color a card for the bride and groom via 10 Effortless Ways to Entertain Kids at Weddings at EmmalineBride.com

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7. Bounce Castle

Kids love bounce castles! Adults, too. :)

bride groom bounce castle via 10 Effortless Ways to Entertain Kids at Weddings at EmmalineBride.com

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8. Milk + Cookies

Have milk and cookies given to kids in lieu of their champagne toast. Cute idea!

milk and cookies for kids at wedding via 10 Effortless Ways to Entertain Kids at Weddings at EmmalineBride.com

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9. Candy Bar

Help-yourself favors at a candy bar is the ultimate treat for kids! Don’t forget gummy bears! They’re my favorite.

gummy bears at candy bar via 10 Effortless Ways to Entertain Kids at Weddings at EmmalineBride.com

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10. Project Video Games

Use a projector and a screen on a giant white wall to project video games! Wii, Kinect, Guitar Hero… the options are endless! Kids (and pretty much everyone at the wedding) will want to play! This works especially well if there’s a room off to the side at your reception so as to not distract from the goings-on of the reception itself.

project video games at your reception via 10 Effortless Ways to Entertain Kids at Weddings at EmmalineBride.com

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Which of these is your favorite? I love the bounce house for summer weddings and I adore the disposable camera / list idea!

Are you having kids at your wedding?

xo
-E.

Jumping the Broom >> Photo of the Day

Check out this ecstatic couple jumping the broom at their wedding reception. This fun custom can symbolize a new beginning and a sweeping away of the past. Their reason for jumping the broom was to continue a family tradition. This photograph and wedding was captured by Kelli from Third Line Studios. Do you plan on starting or preserving any traditions at your wedding?

bride and groom jumping the broom at wedding photographed by third line studios

Jumping the Broom

Looking for your wedding photographer? Check out great photographers like Third Line Studios in our list of preferred wedding vendors.