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The kids’ table is the place to be

01 May 2015

You’ve heard it before: “mum I’m bored” and “dad can we go now?”. A bunch of 5-7 year olds aren’t interested in luxury cheeses and grown-up conversations. Some might even say that keeping your kids entertained at a dinner party is nearly impossible. But what did Anna, our interior designer, say? Challenge accepted.

Anna decorating the kids’ table solution. Anna decorating the kids’ table solution. Anna decorating the kids’ table solution. Anna decorating the kids’ table solution. Anna decorating the kids’ table solution. Anna decorating the kids’ table solution. Anna decorating the kids’ table solution. Anna decorating the kids’ table solution. Anna decorating the kids’ table solution. Anna decorating the kids’ table solution. Anna decorating the kids’ table solution. Anna decorating the kids’ table solution.

Kids party table ideas

First things first: the kids are going to need a comfy spot where they can hang out all night.  So Anna started by tying some twine around a few stacked cushions to make lots of squishy seating. Then she grouped them around a low, kids-sized “table” (two benches pushed together).
But what’s her secret for keeping them entertained all night? Turns out, all it takes is a bit of planning: one activity for each course of food you plan on serving.

I try to give the kids the same number of activities as the courses I plan on serving. So every time the adults start something new, the kids can, too!

Anna Björkman, Interior Stylist
(and mother)

To start: Masks for masquerading, drawn onto brown paper bags. And the elastic banding that Anna tied around the cutlery, pens and scissors is for making the headstraps. Want to save some time? Download these printable animal masks.

The main course: What you thought were coasters are actually bead boards. Fill some bowls with lots of beads, and the kids are all set for creating pretty patterns (or a beautiful mess).

String together some sugary sweets on a piece of twine as a nice way of serving. String together some sugary sweets on a piece of twine as a nice way of serving. String together some sugary sweets on a piece of twine as a nice way of serving. String together some sugary sweets on a piece of twine as a nice way of serving. String together some sugary sweets on a piece of twine as a nice way of serving. String together some sugary sweets on a piece of twine as a nice way of serving. String together some sugary sweets on a piece of twine as a nice way of serving. String together some sugary sweets on a piece of twine as a nice way of serving. String together some sugary sweets on a piece of twine as a nice way of serving. String together some sugary sweets on a piece of twine as a nice way of serving. String together some sugary sweets on a piece of twine as a nice way of serving. String together some sugary sweets on a piece of twine as a nice way of serving.

For dessert: Some bits of twine and lots of sweets for stringing into necklaces. Or eating. (Probably both.)

Peeking through from the adults table, you can see that the kids table is filled with cakes, masks, beads and mess. But there still plenty of fun activities going on. Peeking through from the adults table, you can see that the kids table is filled with cakes, masks, beads and mess. But there still plenty of fun activities going on. Peeking through from the adults table, you can see that the kids table is filled with cakes, masks, beads and mess. But there still plenty of fun activities going on. Peeking through from the adults table, you can see that the kids table is filled with cakes, masks, beads and mess. But there still plenty of fun activities going on. Peeking through from the adults table, you can see that the kids table is filled with cakes, masks, beads and mess. But there still plenty of fun activities going on. Peeking through from the adults table, you can see that the kids table is filled with cakes, masks, beads and mess. But there still plenty of fun activities going on. Peeking through from the adults table, you can see that the kids table is filled with cakes, masks, beads and mess. But there still plenty of fun activities going on. Peeking through from the adults table, you can see that the kids table is filled with cakes, masks, beads and mess. But there still plenty of fun activities going on. Peeking through from the adults table, you can see that the kids table is filled with cakes, masks, beads and mess. But there still plenty of fun activities going on. Peeking through from the adults table, you can see that the kids table is filled with cakes, masks, beads and mess. But there still plenty of fun activities going on. Peeking through from the adults table, you can see that the kids table is filled with cakes, masks, beads and mess. But there still plenty of fun activities going on. Peeking through from the adults table, you can see that the kids table is filled with cakes, masks, beads and mess. But there still plenty of fun activities going on.

The late night snack: When the sun goes down and the crash and burn after all those sweet things kicks in (for you and the kids), you can always bring the party together. Around the kids table, of course!