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Hey, loves! Happy Monday! We received this Ask Emmaline wedding advice question from Melissa over the weekend. She wants to know if there are any fun ideas to entertain kids at weddings, particularly before dinner begins. She asks,
My fiancé and I both come from large families with lots of kids. We decided to invite all kids because we want everyone to be a part of the celebration. I’m concerned some of the kids who are under ten (and some even younger) won’t have anything fun to do. I want to give the kids something they can enjoy during dinner and speeches when there is a lull and before dancing starts. Any ideas?
Advice: Favors for Kids at Weddings?
Hi, Melissa! First of all, how sweet it is to hear you’re including kids at your wedding and also care so much about keeping them entertained! Most parents will undoubtedly bring small (quiet) toys and snacks for their kids to play with during those lulls, as you mentioned. And while the task of entertaining kids at weddings doesn’t necessarily fall on your shoulders (you have a lot to handle already!), it is so nice to hear you care so much to go above and beyond. If you do offer favors for kids, guests will definitely take notice and appreciate the gesture.
Andrew and I attended a wedding recently with our toddler in tow and upon arrival there was a special gift bag waiting for him. It had his name on it and was filled with crayons, coloring pages, candy, finger puppets, masks, and more. His face lit up to receive a small gift when he got there, and he really enjoyed playing with everything! You can make your own kids wedding favors with simple kraft bags (like these), some small toys (look in birthday party favor aisles of your favorite party supply store), light-up rings, maybe a small stuffed animal, mini Playdoh containers or Silly Putty, candy (especially these, a must!), glow sticks, etc. It doesn’t have to be elaborate or expensive — just a little something to open.
If you want to take the guesswork out of making your own kids wedding boxes or bags, you can get these cute ones (custom-made!) from Confetti Gift Company. Just order the number you need and ta-da, you’ll receive them ready-to-give at your reception. It doesn’t get any easier than that, and this shop is an expert when it comes to kids wedding favors.
Here’s a few examples we spotted and as a note, these are designed for ages 3 and up.
Kids Wedding Favors
To see more color options for the kids wedding favors (and get more details), visit Confetti Gift Company.
Hope this helps!
Now it’s YOUR turn:
What do you think of favors for kids at weddings? Should you offer them, or not? Are you inviting kids to your wedding, and if so, will you be providing them with little gifts? Tell us in the comments below!
I love the idea of gifts for little ones. We are inviting little ones who are related to us – particularly my fiancé’s nieces who will be 2 and 3 at the time of the wedding. My concern is that the white table covers are included in the space rental (what a blessing!) and I’m concerned some little gifts might potentially stain the table cloth (i.e. crayons, playdoh, etc). If the table cloths get stained we have to pay a fee for each damaged one.
I don’t have little ones of my own so I’m unsure if these are even reasonable things to be concerned about. Can someone offer insight into if these items would be a thing to be concerned about or if it’s something to not really worry over? Thanks <3
Great question — and that’s a good idea to think ahead about the staining. I think in your case, I would just skip any possibly staining toys (crayons and Play Doh included). Instead, opt for soft toys like finger puppets or a small stuffed animal, a glow stick, a small children’s book, puzzle — those sorts of things. They’ll be just as entertained and you won’t have to worry about any staining. I bet the parents of the 2 and 3 year old nieces (I brought my two year old to a wedding recently, so I know!) will bring plenty of toys for them to play with anyway, so your gift should just be a little something for them to enjoy. One thing my two year old really likes (and it won’t stain anything) is a Color Wonder coloring book (maybe something like this would be enjoyed by your nieces?). They come with a few markers that work on its own special paper, but won’t make a mark anywhere else. They’re awesome and really work.
Hope it helps! Thanks for stopping by. Anytime you have a question, just ask!
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