Consider hiring a babysitter to help with young guests. Parents will be able to focus on enjoying themselves while you focus on hosting your party and keeping all of your guests happy...and have a good time yourself!
Don't go overboard when selecting foods that kids will like, but be sure to include a few universal hits. Foods like veggie sticks, fruit bowls, quesadillas or finger sandwiches can make even the pickiest kids happy at a holiday party!
Choose drinks that are pre-portioned, such as small waters, juice boxes or short soda cans, to limit spills. This can also reduce the chance that kids' drinks will get mixed up with adult drinks.
Set up some kid-friendly games, movies and activities in a space that is separate from the main party area, but close by enough for parents to feel at ease. "My suggestion for kid-friendly holiday parties is to have an age-appropriate activity for them to do," offers Chris Nease, event designer. "Keep in mind the skill level of a 3-year-old versus that of a 9-year-old" and avoid toys with small pieces (like Legos) or things that need supervision, like crafts, unless you've enlisted a mommy's helper.
Have the party at an earlier hour rather than later, so kids are less likely to be cranky or worn out. Otherwise, you might find parents heading home sooner than you were hoping.
Setting up a kids' table is not only more fun for kids, but more relaxing for adults. If possible, aim to enlist a willing teen to take charge of the kids' table to ensure that help is close by for little eaters.
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Even with kids at a Christmas party, dancing is a hit with young and old. So, set up your MP3 player, shuffle your party hits CDs or hire a DJ, and your shin dig is sure to be a hit!
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When you include kids at your next holiday party, keeping kids happy and occupied will allow the entire family to have a good time.
Need more ideas for kids' activities at your holiday party? Check out our free kids activities pages and find fun ideas to keep the little ones occupied, like coloring pages.
>>What is your biggest secret for keeping kids happy at a holiday part? Spill it in the comments section below!
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