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Holidays: How to entertain with kids

A holiday survival guide to keep the party rolling when you're entertaining with kids.

By Sarah and Murray Bancroft
Holidays: How to entertain with kids

Holidays: How to entertain with kids

Playing host

Hosting a kid-friendly holiday feast isn't always a walk in the park. But don't stress! Follow these helpful tips and your party should go off without a hitch.

Holidays: How to entertain with kidsPhoto: Janis Nicolay

Invite your kids into the kitchen

Get your kids to help with the prep of one of the dishes on the menu (even if it's just spinning the salad greens). They will be so much more interested in eating it.

Holidays: How to entertain with kidsPhoto: Janis Nicolay

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Create a kids' hangout space

Create a designated kids' hangout space, which can be as simple as a corner full of cushions or as elaborate as a tent. They will love it, and won't be pulling at your skirt hem all evening.

Holidays: How to entertain with kidsPhoto: Janis Nicolay

Plan an activity

Have a designated person to do an activity with the kids as soon as they arrive to get them busy so the adults can enjoy a drink together.

Holidays: How to entertain with kidsPhoto: Janis Nicolay

Serve kid-sizes

Kids will wreak havoc on a big bowl of chips and decimate a veggie platter in two minutes. Offer individually portioned snacks that they can eat on-the-go.

Holidays: How to entertain with kidsPhoto: Janis Nicolay

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This article was originally published on Sep 07, 2012

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