15th Nov 2023
They say “never work with children or animals” but for many of us, and certainly here at Birdsall, both take centre stage in our lives. Not having them with us at big life events, whether attending as bride, groom or guest is unthinkable. As we all know however, what seems special and glamourous to grown-ups can be a bit dull for our little friends, the ones with two legs that is!
Here’s some top-tips for entertaining children at major events, be it weddings, birthday or anniversary celebrations:
Children love ‘a job’. We all remember how taking the register to reception or ‘milk-monitor’ were coveted roles at school. When planning your special event, consider a role for any small people attending. If larger roles such as Page Boy or Bridesmaid aren’t an option, could they hand round confetti? Collect cards? You could even send them a typed letter before the big occasion asking them to take on a role and outlining what the duties are. It’s sure to keep them busy and happy.
When choosing a venue for your wedding or party consider the space available. We have lots of outdoor space here at Birdsall, perfect for running around in plus some fun, large outdoor games, but if that’s not your thing, point out the wildlife or just leave them to it. Children will soon be dashing around making their own fun. As the saying goes “they can’t bounce off the walls if you take the walls away”.
Entertainment doesn’t just have to be for children to be fun. Live bands, musicians and magicians can often mesmerise children and adults alike or consider a photo booth. Everyone will love it and there’s various options out there to fit with your own styling. We personally love Viva La Booth which has a traditional style and creates images guests will keep forever.
We’ve seen this alot and it gets a great reaction every time. Wrapped gifts on children’s place settings give them something to get excited about when it’s time to sit down. Make the gifts things they can do at the table, such as colouring books or jigsaws and you’ve entertained them throughout the meal too!
Whether it’s little legs needing to sit and calm down for a few minutes or new-mums needing to sit and feed, if you’re planning a family friendly wedding, think about times during the day or night when people might be on their feet a lot and make sure you have some comfy places to sit for those who need it. For example, we have some ver comfortable outdoor furniture we always suggest using so guests can put their feet up while group photos take place or canapes do the rounds. We also find our Long Hall a fantastic, quieter break-out space, perfect for families.
We are happy to help with creative ideas for keeping children happy at weddings. As a family-run venue are happy to help make your event very child-friendly.