5 ways to keep kids entertained during holiday parties

Little boy and girl making Christmas gingerbread house at fireplace in decorated living room. Kids playing with ginger bread under Christmas tree. Baking and cooking with children for Xmas at home.
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV)- Holiday parties were one of my favorite things until I become a mom.  (bah hum-bug right?!)  It’s true.  As a parent of young kids holiday parties can be (to be quite honest) a freakin’ nightmare.  Yup I said it.

My inner Christmas light has been extinguished by a 2-year-old and a 5-year-old.  I spend any “pre-party” time at home prepping food, getting everyone dressed, running around like crazy to listen to my kids fight me on what to wear, when to get their shoes on and on who gets to hold the DVD player for the long car ride across the state.

Fast forward two hours to the party where they will rip around and get into everything possible.  Don’t bother wearing heels because if you’re like me you’ll be running your booty off trying to explain to kids on a sugar high that they can not open presents until after dinner.  They can never seem to understand that one haha!

Don’t bother wearing heels because if you’re like me you’ll be running your booty off trying to explain to kids on a sugar high that they can not open presents until after dinner.

Not to mention I usually make a special dish of crockpot mac n’ cheese for them knowing that my picky eaters won’t eat turkey and mashed potatoes.  The BEST is when they don’t even eat that. More cookies please!

I often find that when I finally find a moment to sit and start a conversation with a family member that I haven’t seen I get stopped mid-sentence and have to run off to grab a small child before they stick their finger in the cheesecake or pull off a tablecloth of breakables.

Okay enough complaining!  This year I’m going to be proactive.  I’m Pinteresting to find some creative ideas to keep kids entertained this season.  Here’s six of my favorite.  So grab your favorite glass of vino and bottom’s up moms!  Cheers to surviving the holidays this year.

5 ways to keep kids entertained during holiday parties

1. Kids Craft Table

This is genius.  Cover the kids table in kraft paper and put out crayons, play-doh, legos and snacks!  Super easy and will keep them busy and sitting still for at least five minutes.

2. Snowball toss games 

Here’s two versions of a great game that the kids can do!  This should keep the kids busy for a bit, the biggest issue you’ll face is taking turns.  Put an older teenage cousin in charge and kick back and relax.

3. Gingerbread house decorating

This is a fun activity for all ages and takes some time! I’d recommend if you have younger kids making sure the houses are assembled and decorating is left up to the kids.  Purchase some cute kids aprons or bring some old teeshirts to cover their dress clothes.

**Note: This project will result in a sugar high because they will eat a ton of candy as they go!  Hopefully the crash to ensure a peaceful car ride home!

4. Mini movie theater

Create a movie experience for the kids during the party!  Put on a great kids Christmas movie or the latest new release (Secret Life of Pets anyone?) and make a cozy quiet spot for the kids to hang out complete with blankets, pillows and popcorn!

5.  Kids Karaoke

Kids love to be loud so play into it with kids karaoke!  Let them sing their hearts out in the basement.

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