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Let your youngest guests fully celebrate your wedding day by incorporating one of these unique, kid-friendly ideas into your reception.
For this whimsical spread, we slipped crayons into packets and supplied a doodle-ready paper runner, wooden figurines, child-friendly dinnerware, and playful extras like milk bottles and striped straws.
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Go the extra mile to provide smaller guests with supersized fun, and guarantee that their night is just as entertaining as their parents’ with these downloadable activity booklets.
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Keep your littlest guests occupied with this photographic scavenger hunt. Who knows? One of them might even snap your favorite shot of the night.
Place a card, a disposable camera, and a pencil at each child's setting, and see which kid can photograph all the items on the list first. To make it even more fun for them, offer a small prize for the winner.
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Coloring Book Runner
Transform a plain table runner into a coloring book by rolling out a length of white kraft paper at the kids' table and stamping a design down the center for them to color in (large, linear stamps work best). Be sure to include a cup of crayons or pencils.
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Puzzling Favor Kits
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 mini kaleidoscopes.
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Parents know what a lifesaver those kid-friendly paper place mats (think: 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 the children's table at your reception.
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Blooming Shoe Clips
Your flower girls will love these colorful flowers that they can attach to their shoes. The best part? They're totally DIY.
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Portable Kids' Meal
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 eat as they play.
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Cotton Candy Centerpieces
Skip the floral centerpieces and top your kids' table with in-palette cotton candy, which can double as dessert. For an extra-sweet surprise, swirl the delicious fluff balls around sticks of rock candy.
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Appeal to your younger guests' social sides by setting out Mad Libs-style cards they can fill in together with monogrammed pencils.
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Sequined Flower Girl Shoes
Put a spring in your flower girl's step by outlining her ballet flats with two rows of sequins. Choose a metallic shoe, like the pair shown here, and you'll be her best friend for life.
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These whimsical sailboat place cards require little more than kraft paper and a simple folding technique. Outfit them with Life Savers candies and cast them adrift on blue napkins to make them extra appealing to young guests.
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Your flower girl will feel like a princess in one of these sparkling crowns that are a cinch to craft.