Recently my fiancé, (Former Childcare Professional) was contacted through word of mouth to provide services at a wedding. It seemed awkward at first but now that I think about it, it’s truly an ingenious idea. This way if your guests have kids, or can’t find a sitter, they won’t have an excuse to get out of going to your wedding ;) You can say that childcare will be provided at the event.
I began to research some companies that provide this service and there are a few out there. My fiancé does this on the side, pretty much through word of mouth so it’s not a large company. She shows up at the wedding and they have a room provided to here where she can lay out some toys, or put a DVD on and then throughout the day/night/event, parents come in to drop their kids off. Whether it was for 20 minutes, or for a few hours, the kids hung out, played games and read books while the parents were never more than an ear shot away. At one point the wedding party had the kids come down to the reception to dance if they wanted to. If the child became too upset in the room, the parents were able to be notified and they came and picked up their child or came to calm them down. Some kids even slept in the room. It was nice that the kids had a “playroom” of sorts to go to rather than being miserable or unruly trying to sit still for hours.
It seems to be a great alternative to leaving your kids with a babysitter, or having to watch them throughout the entire event. There are companies out there that provide this custom service and I will definitely think about it for my next event. It’s a nice way to keep the kids involved but also having a place for them to go with adult supervision all while giving you a break to enjoy the event.
Contact me if you would like pricing or more information about providing Childcare services at your next event. Enjoy!
The link above brings you to a well written article, full of GREAT ADVICE, written by Kelli B. Grant.
P.S.- #4, 5 and 10 jump out to me especially, but they are all good pieces of advice.
Sweet 16 Birthday parties can be very special; for the parents, family, and the birthday girl. There is a tradition I’ve seen at a few parties I’ve done where they have a candle lighting ceremony. Basically the birthday girl has the special people in her life light each candle individually and as she calls them up she says something special about the person/people that are lighting the candle. Below is a generic step by step instruction on how to have the candle lighting ceremony:
Step #1: Get a cake. Haha! Make sure it is big enough to serve the amount of people attending the party.
Step #2: Candles. The normal size candles will work just fine but I have seen ceremonies where they use candles that are a bit larger or more colorful than normal. Place 16 to 17 candles on the cake.
Step #3: The birthday girl will call up the people she wants to light the candles 1 at a time. As she calls the person/people up to light the candle, she says a few words about the person/people over the microphone. Usually sharing a special moment or memory she may have with them. I have seen the people called up in no specific order at times and others they have stuck with the ‘Generic’ order…To spice it up, have the DJ play a different song for each separate candle. Give the DJ advanced notice (a week or so) with a song list so they can prepare a mix or at least have the songs set up in order to play and have the ceremony go smooth.
Candle Lighting Order:
- Candle 1: For the parents.
- Candle 2: For siblings or, if no siblings, than it’s for the Grandparents.
- Candles 3 – 6: For family members. Aunts/Uncles/Cousins/Etc.
- Candles 7 - 14: These are for chosen friends.
- Candle 15: For a best friend or best friends. Last but not least,
- Candle 16: For a guy (If there is a boyfriend or it may be a best guy friend.)
- Candle 17: (If you choose) Used as an inspirational/good luck candle.
Step#4: After all the candles are lit we sing Happy Birthday and you know the rest.
However you choose to do the ceremony is up to you. Either way it is going to be a special moment. Let me know if you have any questions. Contact me anytime!
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