For many couples, a family-friendly wedding reception is an absolute must. But, finding ways to keep younger guests happy during the party isn’t always easy.

If you wouldn’t dream of celebrating your newlywed status without the little ones in your lives, keep the kids in mind as you’re planning your event. Our wedding reception venue experts have assembled some of their favorite ideas for you, to help you ensure you have plenty of kid-friendly fun at your reception.

Swap Out Younger Guests’ Place Cards

Instead of place cards, use a kid-friendly activity to mark the children’s seats at the reception. Consider crayons and cards the kids can decorate for the bride and groom, for example, or pen-and-paper table games like dot-to-dot or Mad Libs.

Choose Kid-Friendly Wedding Reception Favors

Instead of giving silver picture frames, handcrafted soap or tiny bottles of your famous spice rub to every attendee, include kid-friendly wedding favors for your younger guests. Candy or edible treats are always appreciated, or choose small, quiet toys.

Serve a Kid-Friendly Reception Menu

Kids are notoriously picky eaters and, if you want to keep them happy, consider serving some food items they’ll enjoy. Pasta or tiny sandwiches tend to go over well with children. A dessert buffet also works for a kid-friendly reception, letting kids indulge their love of sweet treats on your special day.

Set up a Kid-Friendly Area at the Reception Venue

A traditional wedding reception doesn’t hold a lot of interest or excitement for children. To keep kids entertained, you may want to set up a special “fun zone” area with plenty of activities. Lawn games like cornhole, horseshoes or oversized Jenga and Connect 4 are great fun for children and adults. For an inside reception, consider a Lego table with plenty of bricks, a kids-only tent, face painting, balloon animals or even a video game station.

Enlist Kids’ Help During the Wedding Reception

Giving kids a few jobs of their own may help them be on their best behavior during your wedding reception. Why not put older children in charge of passing out the wedding cake after it’s sliced? Or, set out disposable cameras and let the kids act as assistant wedding photographers – just imagine all the fun pics you’ll get!

Hire a Sitter or Child-Wrangler for Your Reception

To keep the kids happy and allow your older guests to enjoy themselves, consider hiring a babysitter or professional child-wrangler for your wedding and reception. That way, parents can relax a little, knowing that their children are being supervised, and all your guests can enjoy the festivities without disruption.

Are you looking for an affordable, kid-friendly wedding reception center? Aspen Landing, conveniently located in scenic northern Utah, offers expansive, elegant indoor and outdoor spaces that are well-suited for guests of all ages. And, with the personal service of an expert event planner – included with every venue rental – planning a celebration that includes kids couldn’t be easier.

Visit the Aspen Landing website to take a virtual tour of our gorgeous Taylorsville, Utah facility. Or, contact us today to schedule a personal, guided tour of our affordable wedding reception center.

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