Make the Day Kidfriendly
Involve them and they won’t mind that you’re distracted by entertaining.
Have the kids make an easy dessert that can be refrigerated the day before. It can be something simple like a marshmallow-fruit salad. They’ll feel like they helped make the meal. Dora Stone
Set up a kids’ table with butcher paper and markers so the kids can draw and doodle while the final food prep is going on. Frances Largeman-roth Brooklyn, NY
Enlist the kids to make place cards for the table. It keeps them busy, and when I set the table I can then be sure everyone has the right glassware. Plus, when we sit down, no one is waiting for me to tell them where to go. Allison Graham
Appoint the kids the official guest greeters. They can welcome the guests with a tiny party favor or a special drawing. Dora Stone If you use candles, make sure you have enough for every kid to blow one out. Otherwise, there will be tears!