If a child is too young or too old, the table's dynamic could be thrown off.

By Nancy Mattia
November 04, 2019
Credit: Kate Mathis

Setting up a kids' table at a wedding is an incredibly thoughtful gesture. You want all your family and friends to enjoy your celebration, and that includes the parents of young guests—a supervised kids' table will help make that wish happen. The parents will be thrilled that they're off child-care duty for a few hours and can enjoy the food and music. For some, it's the closest they'll get to date night! Check out important things to know about this special table.

Think about the ages.

What age is the right one for a kids' table? "They should be between 5 to 16 years old," says Jason Mitchell Kahn, who owns an eponymous event planning company in New York City. "I recommend that children under 5 sit with their parents unless they have someone like a cousin who's 12 or 13 sitting at the kids' table who can watch them."

Let parents know ahead of time about the table.

Parents of babies and toddlers won't expect their kids to sit at a table without them, so there's no need to inform them about the kids' table. But for the parents of age-appropriate children, let them know your plan, and find out what the family dynamics are before making final seating decisions. "Some parents of children, even 12 or 13 year olds, might prefer that their kids sit with them instead," says Kahn.

Establish a youngster table and a teen table.

If the age range of children at the wedding is vast and there are enough young guests, seat the younger kids at one table and the older kids (tweens and teens) at another.

Fill the table(s) with fun.

Keeping the children occupied with activities is key. For younger kids, load the table with board games, simple arts and crafts projects, and crayons and coloring books. For the older crowd, offer card games like Uno or materials to make DIY photo-booth masks. "If there are enough kids, have a specialty entertainment that's geared towards them like a balloon artist or a face painter, which they'll find more entertaining than a band or DJ," says Kahn.


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