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Seating Chart / Kids at the Reception Question

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OK- I wasn't sure where to post this question, so here it goes....

 

I'm having a really formal sit-down dinner at the reception. We're going all out with a 6 course meal and wine parings for each course. 65 guests will be dining at one (very) long table. I feel bad, but I don't want kids sitting at the table eating with us. (am I totally evil?) So my questions are..

 

1) How do I let the guests know where to sit? I mean, it is only one table, so table numbers wont work.

 

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2) What do I do about the 16 (yikes!) kids ranging from 2-12 during dinner? After dinner I imagine they will all be out on the dance floor, I just need some ideas of what to do with them during dinner.

 

Any suggestions ?

 

KarlaV

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No you are not evil!

 

I would say if its one table to have place cards for everyone.

 

But my only concern would be that it may be tough to have kids under 3/4 to be sitting by themselves(not next to a parent that can keep them under control)

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I agree put the placecards at the table but I really don't see how you can have a kids table with the younger kids, a two year old will not be able to sit away from their parents. Can you hire a nanny for the dinner portion?

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Your totally right about the kids situtation. How can I tell the parents, "Your child is not welcomed at the adults table."

But, I'm still having a hard time accepting it. Why do they have to bring their kids!!!!!!! (that was my 'But, I'M the BRIDE' vent)

Can you tell that I dont have kids?

 

KarlaV

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Quote:
Originally Posted by Soon to be Mrs. Hull View Post
I agree put the placecards at the table but I really don't see how you can have a kids table with the younger kids, a two year old will not be able to sit away from their parents. Can you hire a nanny for the dinner portion?
I've thought about a nanny, and I would totally spring for this in a heartbeat. But, do you think the parents would be upset that there child is ushered away during dinner?

KarlaV

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no they might enjoy the break, have them head down to the beach and build sand castles or something. Well I guess they have to eat. Is there a place near by that they can have kiddie food without bothering your party.

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besides it would only be for the dinner part...1 hour or 2 away from your children would probably be nice for everyone.

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what about Kiddie entertainment during dinner, somewhere. clown magician.

 

There are 21 kids in my family, and i have to say none of them sit down & eat. Obviously you would have food for them, but i dont think any would mind not sitting during "dinner"

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Thanks ladies for the feedback!

 

I'm going to set something up with the hotel's Kids Club. They will entertain the kids and feed them while their parents enjoy dinner. I also like the idea about playing on the beach!

 

I feel sooooo much better about everything. I was really worried that the parents would be mad or something.

 

KarlaV

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