My mom is back today with some sweet ideas for your children during the holidays!
With Easter right around the corner, many of you are planning a holiday meal for a large crowd. I have found that children want to be a part of the big celebration, but if they are not given some responsibilities in the meal, they can really get in the way. I always try to involve children in any special occasion, whether they are mine, or visitors. Last Christmas I had the pleasure of my nephews helping out with dinner. Here are some of the tasks that they enjoyed.
Place cards: I had the place cards made before the guests arrived. My nephews were in charge of creating a seating arrangement and placing the cards on the table. This gave them the choice of who they were sitting beside and it really gave them ownership in the meal. Older children may enjoy making place cards.
Icing the glasses: The boys also enjoyed taking a bag of ice cubes around with a scoop to fill the water goblets.
Setting the side dishes: I can’t believe how careful these guys were carrying the side dishes from the kitchen to the dining room. They knew they were carrying “special” bowls and platters, and they felt special as well.
Taking dessert orders: Things got a little crazy when the boys took dessert orders without papers and pens, but everyone ended up with the dessert they wanted and my nephews felt important.
I can’t imagine hosting a holiday meal without a couple of young sidekicks to help me out! What are ways that you involve children in your holiday celebrations?
Thanks for these ideas, Mom!