This is one of my favorite times of the year. After being cooped up inside sulking in my post-holiday funk, the parties are about to start up again! Whether you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Passover, Easter or any other special day in spring, now is the time to start planning the fun stuff. And the best way to keep everyone feeling kosher is to cater to the kiddos. My Good to Know cohort, Dan Pashman, and I pulled together some of our favorite kids’ table tips for you to try.
As you can see, we know our way around a kids’ table. Honestly, we’d probably choose to sit there ourselves if we weren’t hosting most of the time. As Dan said, keeping the kids happy and occupied is a wonderful way to set the tone for a pleasant party. Here are a few other elements you might want to add to your next creative kids’ table.
There are a multitude of FREE (yes, free!) printable coloring pictures and coloring books online. I was thrilled to find some amazing pictures and puzzles to offer the little guys in my life. Here are some St. Patty’s Day, Easter and Passover themed coloring pages – but they’re really just the tip of the iceberg. Find pictures relating to almost any topic or holiday that might interest your kids. Just add crayons!
If the kids on your guest list are a little older, you may need to step it up with some kids’ crafts. I, for one, am very impressed with elementary and middle schoolers’ artistic abilities these days. Anyone else seen some seriously impressive knitting coming from these children? Crafts like this step-by-step guide to making shamrock accessories, this DIY floral Easter wreath, or this absolutely adorable “Plague of Frogs” Passover activity will keep the older crowd entertained. The decorations can also serve as party favors they can treasure forever.
Er…. I meant, edible, of course. Parties are a great excuse to let loose and let the kids play with their food. Dan and I had a lot of fun with these cupcakes-on-a-stick, which are great for birthday parties as well. Or check out some of these fun and interactive holiday snacks — like this gooey St. Patrick’s Day fondue, the Green Chocolate Slimedoo. Or you can have the kids Make Their Own Easter Peep-za or Build Their Own Passover Matzoh House. No matter how these dishes turn out, they’re sure to taste like a lot of fun.
So what do you think? Will you be amping up your kids’ table this year? Let me know if you try any of these ideas or if you have some suggestions of your own.