Kids at a dinner party? GASP.

Actually, it’s not that bad. With a bit of forward-planning a dinner party with kids can be a really fun affair! Follow our helpful tips for planning your next kid-friendly gathering.Blog_ExtraImages_AkidFriendlyNewYearsEveParty_20 Styling Stacey Clark Stylist | Photography Rachel Claire Photography

Have a designated kids area: We find that the lounge room works perfectly as an area that the kids can take over. It also keeps the commotion away from the dinner table and means most of the mess stays in one place.

Set a separate kids table: A children’s table is both super-fun for the kids and gives the adults a chance to enjoy each other’s company.
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Feed the kids as soon as possible: Kids get hungry and restless really quickly. It’s always good to serve them their main meal before you serve the adults.

Prepare some activities: It’s always handy to have a few different activities prepared to keep the kids entertained. We suggest placing an activity pack at each child’s place setting full of pencils, crayons, paper, stickers, bubbles etc. A crafts table is also a great way to keep the kids amused for extended periods of time as well as some fun, outdoor lawn games. Blog_ExtraImages_AkidFriendlyNewYearsEveParty_25 Styling Stacey Clark Stylist | Photography Rachel Claire Photography

Make it exciting: Give the children a reason to look forward to coming to the dinner. Simply asking all the kids to dress up is always exciting! Alternatively, you can provide fancy dress options like crowns, hats, sunglasses and feather boas.

Prepare a movie: When things start to wind down (for the kids, not the adults), pop on a movie  Scatter some beanbags, pillows and blankets in front of the TV so that the kids can get comfortable and chill out while you continue to enjoy the night.Blog_ExtraImages_AkidFriendlyNewYearsEveParty_29 Styling Stacey Clark Stylist | Photography Rachel Claire Photography

Keep snacks handy: All the commotion and play can really work up a child’s appetite so have some snacks at the ready. Just steer clear of sugar, they’ll have enough energy as it is.

Consider hiring a baby sitter: If you’ve got enough on your plate, consider organising a baby sitter to take care of the children in another part of the house. That way, all you have to do is feed them and the sitter will take care of the rest!