A Kids Table They’ll Remember (Part 1)

About a third of the people attending my wedding were kids! Since my reception was a low-key luncheon (no music or dancing), I was a little nervous that the kids in attendance would either be bored out of their minds or find ways to get into trouble at the restaurant. As a result, I decided to put together a children’s coloring table to help them pass the time between courses, provide a getaway from the adult conversations, and give them an activity they could participate in to enjoy themselves.

I was happy to find that the coloring table was a hit with the kids! Whether they stayed at the designated table, brought crayons and coloring pages back to their seats, or took home the activity for later, almost every kid at the wedding took advantage of the kids table.

Since I didn’t want the decor for the kids table to compete with the other wedding decor I had meticulously planned out, I decided to go with a simple table layout that complimented my theme. The best part? The kids table is easy and inexpensive to replicate.

Here were the three main components:

  1. Miniature Easel Sign
  2. Lollipop Bouquet Centerpiece
  3. Coloring Books & Crayons

Miniature Easel Sign

Supplies

  • Miniature chalkboard easel
  • White letters or Paint Pen
  • Ruler or Tape Measure

I found this miniature wooden chalkboard easel at Michaels Craft store aside the wooden letters, plaques, and other chalkboard signs. Initially, I toyed with the idea of handwriting “Kids Table,” but since my handwriting isn’t the best, I decided to use vinyl letters instead. Since I had recently purchased a Cricut, I cut the letters using the machine. However, you could easily buy a pack of alphabet stickers at Michaels should you not have a Cricut machine. Alternatively, if you have excellent handwriting, I would encourage you to complete the project with a paint pen. There is something very personal about handwritten items at a wedding that I admire.

Step 1

If you are using a Cricut, cut your letters on white vinyl. I chose a design that was about 1 inch tall and 6 inches wide to fit nicely onto two lines on the mini easel.

Step 2

Using a ruler or tape measure, lay out your text so that it is centered.

Step 3

Once you are happy with your layout, secure letters in place and repeat for additional words.

Step 4

Set up your easel and then start Part 2, the lollipop center piece (post coming soon).

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