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Kid Tested, Wedding Approved

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Photographs by Wilson Baker

October 18, 2010

Kid Tested, Wedding Approved
How to entertain everyone from tiny tots to tweens on your guest list

WRITTEN BY Evans Craddock

Halloween is right around the corner, and we’ve got kids and treats on the brain. If you’ve invited children to showers, rehearsal dinners, or receptions—no matter the time of year—be sure to keep them entertained. To that end, take a gander at some of the fun crafts mac & murphy owners Liz and Ami dreamed up. Set aside a kid's table and let them go to town. Tip: Appoint an older child to supervise.

365 Paper Chain
Here’s the idea: Kids make a paper chain with 365 links and give the finished craft to the newlyweds. The newlyweds tear off a link each day thereafter, and when none remain, it’s anniversary time! It only requires a few tools (paper, ruler, pencils, scissors, and adhesive). For directions, click here.

Thank You Cards
Every new couple needs thank you notes, so why not get budding artists to help out? Ask the kids to decorate plain, pre-cut and assembled stationery with construction or craft paper for one-of-a-kind creations. For directions, click here.

Perky Pinwheel Place Cards
These place cards are a great way to get older tweens or teens involved, since they take a little more brainwork to make. Pair the big kids with younger ones, and each can fashion these cute, personalized cards for their spot at the table. Best? They can take the cards home with them as a keepsake. For directions, click here.

Pack Your Bags
Crafts not your thing? Instead, give each child guest a backpack stuffed with locally themed goodies at the onset of the wedding weekend. Tell them to take it along to all the wedding festivities, and they will have activities galore to occupy them. Here’s a list of some great items from around town to include.

Carolina Girls
Crazerasers (funny-shaped erasers; 95 cents);

Historic Charleston Foundation
Charleston-themed paper dolls and activity books and games; (843) 724-8484;

mac & murphy
Charleston coloring and activity book ($5.25); (843) 576-4394;

Out of Hand
Doodles placemat making set ($10.99); (843) 856-3585;

Poe Studio
Pirate ship building set ($18); (843) 573-4884

Preservation Society of Charleston
Historical toys and books and tin soldiers; (843) 722-4630;

Robot Candy Company
Sea animal-shaped gummy treats ($10.99 per pound); (843) 608-8090;

Wonder Works
Locally themed books, toys, and craft projects; (843) 849-6757;

Check out the kid-friendly table Calder Clark Designs’ Calder Clark created here.


Mon, 10/18/2010