Fill-in-the-bank scrolls are a blast for guests to play with -- and provide you with a keepsake to read at each anniversary (just ask a friend to collect them all at the end of the night, and then compile them into a guest book).
To make them, download our template, roll each sheet around a mini pencil, tie it with cord, and place one atop every plate.
Parents know what a lifesaver those kid-friendly paper place mats -- mazes, connect the dots, word-finder puzzles -- can be at a restaurant. Here's a more updated (read: attractive) interpretation of that idea, perfect for a dedicated children's table at your reception.
Engage budding Picassos with just-their-size coloring books and chunky gemstone crayons that little fingers can easily grasp. Challenge them with foam puzzles that can be arranged into every letter of the alphabet, and capture their attention with DIY mini kaleidoscopes.
Give budding brainiacs a potted succulent pet (they're resilient enough for youngsters to care for) and magnifying glasses to inspect their new green friends. Spark creativity by offering Charley Harper coloring books filled with the artist's iconic drawings, and a bundle of twig-shaped pencils.
Appeal to tweens' social side by setting out cards they can fill in together with monogrammed pencils. That is, if they can keep themselves away from their magic 3-D drawing pads -- complete with glasses -- and mind-boggling chain-link puzzles.
Sitting still at the table can be hard for kids, especially at an outdoor reception, where there's lots to explore. Pack colorful mini suitcases with no-fuss foods, toys, crayons, and paper; stamp names on card-stock luggage tags. Kids can tote them around and play as they eat .
Hoping your college roommate chats up your future husband's childhood friend? Find-your-match cards are a sweet way to ensure they'll meet. Announce the rules early in the evening (consider asking a member of your wedding party to explain them). Each guest will receive a card with the name of one half of a famous couple -- and will have until the end of the night to find its mate.