By Aimee Heckel
You need more help with the holiday planning. They need entertainment and more mommy time. The solution to both: Get your kids involved with your party-planning this fall and winter.
Here are some ways to tackle holiday entertaining as a family team:
1. Cook up some math. Math is in every recipe. Practice counting with younger kids and fractions and addition (how many cups of oil do we need if we double the recipe?) as they get older.
2. Design seating cards together. Let your children help you draft up the seating chart for family gatherings, and then work together on beautiful place cards.
CherishedBliss.com offers great ideas for how to make DIY Christmas place cards. Spruce up the table with homemade chalkboard napkin rings that you can make with your kids, too. Or incorporate the place cards into the napkin rings.
3. Let you kids set the table. For a big banquet, this is no small task. Get them even more invested in the design of the table by selecting special holiday dinnerware together. We love these St. Nicholas square red cardinal plates from Kohl’s (and not just because they’re on sale for $10.49, down from $14.99). Don’t forget matching coffee mugs, $9.09 each.
Style talk: The Food Network line at Kohl’s is hand’s down one of our favorites for unique, trendy and modern designs. This square tree salad plate is a great example of how you can master holiday decorations without looking too cheesy or kitschy. And what is it about square plates that make food look so much fancier?
4. Assign a task to each kid the day of the party. One can be the door greeter. Another can fill up water cups. Give each kid a duty and you can keep them occupied, while adding to the smoothness of your party.
OK, one more budget mom tip: If you need to save money on other babies and kids goodies for, oh you know, things such as Christmas, here’s the best resource for all coupons related to kids.
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