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Holiday Parties: 8 Ways to Keep Kids Entertained While Adults Mingle
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Rosie Pope is a mompreneur juggling the full-time jobs of being a mother to four children and running multiple businesses, including Rosie Pope Maternity, MomPrep and Rosie Pope Baby. She is also the author of "Mommy IQ: The Complete Guide to Pregnancy" and previously starred in Bravo TV's "Pregnant in Heels." When she takes her four kids to holiday parties, she uses these ideas to keep them entertained:
Create a kids-only room
Cover the floor with newspaper, tape it down so it doesn't move, and place a crafts table on it. Stock the table with crayons, Play-Doh, paints (if you're brave) and other enticing art materials.
Make mini bakers out of them
Allow the kids to help make the dessert while your guests enjoy the main course. If you have a mother's helper or relative that can supervise, have the kids be little bakers. It's a really fun way to keep them entertained and involved. Choose something that requires decorating with icing and sprinkles because that's the part they love most.
Dinner is served
Let the kids take your dinner orders and serve your meals. They love getting to role play and be part of the action. To really make it fun, let them pick uniforms, make menus and use order pads.
Set aside an hour for tree decorating
Pull out the non-breakable Christmas ornaments and let the kids have at the tree. Even better, have them make their own decorations with paper, stickers and glitter glue. Use a hole punch and ribbon to hang them on the tree.
Create a movie theater
Choose a kid-friendly holiday movie that you know your children haven't seem in a while. Unlike a brand new movie, you know they really like it. Make popcorn and have them pretend they're in a real movie theater.
Let them be loud
Holiday karaoke is always a blast for kids ages 8 to 15. Just make sure they're the entertainment for the party or that you have thick walls!
Bring Broadway home
Have the kids create a performance and practice before dinner. Give them costume options and a place to perform, and let them go wild!
Send them on a scavenger hunt
Create clues and list the objects they need to find before the party, so when all the guests arrive, the kids can go on an adventure around the house. Consider giving them some prizes that can keep them entertained long after the hunt is over.