Holiday Gatherings Kid-friendly
By FeatureSource Staff
Have you been to holiday parties where children are playing
catch with tree ornaments, finger painting with guacamole
dip or otherwise detracting from the festive mood?
children become party poopers because they’re bored
and restless at an event that has been designed with adults
in mind,” says Patty Sachs, author of “Pick
a Party: The Big Book of Party Themes and Occasions”
and “Pick-a-Party Cookbook: The Big Book of Party
Refreshments and Table Décor” (Meadowbrook
take much effort or preparation to ward off this potential
party pitfall,” Sachs says.
five kid-friendly suggestions:
For a 100 percent turnout, send an invitation to each child
with instructions to “bring your parents.” This
strategy generally guarantees enthusiasm, involvement and,
in most cases, the child’s best behavior.
Set up a specially
decorated area for children, complete with kid refreshments,
activities to keep them entertained and perhaps a teen guest
or two to act as “counselors” to supervise the
youngsters. Organize simple, easy craft projects that will
serve as holiday gifts. Include wrapping supplies to keep
them busy even longer.
to inspire tiny thespians to put on a short play for the
adults. The rehearsals alone will absorb kids for a stretch
At a family
gathering, assign each child a senior guest to “look
after.” Or assign a child to fetch refreshments, clear
away soiled glasses and so on. These important roles prompt
responsible attitudes and raise self-esteem.
Give each child
a turn at snapping a picture with a one-use camera. Expand
on the activity and have children write down the names of
guests who appear in their creative shot. This is an excellent
way to initiate interaction between children and adults
— sure to result in the better behavior of both.
For more on catering to kids at holiday gatherings, visit
Sachs’ Web site, www.pattysachs.com. The site is loaded
with free party-planning ideas, party designs and valuable
resource links for hosts of both personal and business occasions.
Visitors to the site can sign up for a free celebration-planning
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