6 Ways to Entertain Kids Over the Holidays

Keep kids busy at your holiday party with these fun ideas


 

Whether you’re hosting a dinner party and kids will be present, or you’ve been handed the task of supervising the kids table, you’ll need some tactics up your sleeve. Kids have short attention spans and have little patience for drawn-out dinner gatherings. After all, when you can’t partake of the wine, or really appreciate the food, it’s a bit pointless. Christmas cartoons will only keep them content for so long. Here are a few more creative ideas for keeping kids happy during a holiday party.

Ask them to perform. Kids love being the center of attention. Asking them to put on some sort of Christmas carol performance or Christmas skit will keep them occupied for a little while, and you’ll have some hilarious entertainment between dinner/dessert.

Get them involved. Hand off tasks to kids that are actually fun / important. Get them to pour drinks (if they’re old enough to manage a pitcher or bottle, light candles, arrange flowers, etc. You may need to supervise!

Make their meal a little more interesting. Adding an interactive element to the kids meal will really heighten appeal. Anything they can dip or assemble themselves will make things way more fun. Put a lazy suzan in the middle of their table and set out different dips or toppings for baked potatoes / crudités, pasta etc.

Fun place mats. Don’t underestimate the potential fun of place mats. Set a “bouquet” of art supplies in the middle of the kids table, and pair it with place mats that can be drawn on. Some paper place mats out there come with road maps for toy cars to drive on or word games / puzzles.

Mix up some mocktails. Funky looking drinks will make kids feel super special and grown up. You don’t need to master the art of the Shirley Temple or anything – a fancy looking beverage can be as simple as sticking a cherry and orange slice in a glass of cranberry juice with a straw. Rim with sprinkles!

Offer some festive crafts. Give kids the option of making a craft like putting together a gingerbread house, paper ring garland or have them make a Christmas playlist (after all, they’re probably well versed in iTunes). Burn it to a disc and they can take it home.

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