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When my kids were little, I tried to prepare them in advance for sharing their toys that night, and if there was anything too precious that they didn’t want to share, to put it up.

A pep talk with your kids to remind them how to treat their guests is always a good idea, too.

Kids are kids. They are constantly learning and need constant reminding of good manners.

My kids are teens now, so entertaining is WAY enjoyable with them, because they’re like mini adults. I really love the teen years! But reminiscing to earlier years, I think it’s good to pass down fresh ideas that encourage hospitality, because it just isn’t always easy with little kids.

Give the kids something to do! Ask them to come up with their own show. Magic show, talent show, music show, games, yard games, or you can even have some relay games for them to play. Ask one of the older kids to be the “leader,” or better yet, get the older folks involved.

Summer activities to keep the kids busy so the adults can enjoy one another:
1. Borrow extra scooters if you have sidewalks or a level driveway.
2. Set up badminton in the back yard or resort to bocce ball (for older kids).
3. Chalks is fun in the driveway or even the garage.
4. Have extra wood by a large tree for boys to build their own fort.
5. Make sure your pool toys are organized and towels are clean.
6. Frisbees are a blast–even the adults can play.
7. Encourage kids to come up with their own “show,” whatever that may be.
8. Have drawing, paints, and coloring supplies on hand.
9. Water balloons are a blast!
10. Encourage relays and creative fun.

Yes, when summer was in the air, we’d all have a great time.

By the end of the night when we adults would be sitting by candlelight, and kid’s bodies would be asleep on various pieces of furniture or even on the floor, or asleep in their mommy or daddy’s arms.

How do you entertain kids during summer events?

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If you’ve missed the last 28 days of this series, you can catch up now:

Day 1: Summer Entertaining is About the People
Day 2: When Perfect Robs You of Something Good
Day 3: Who To Invite to Dinner
Day 4: Planning the Menu for Outdoor Entertaining
Day 5: Setting the Table Using What You Have
Day 6: Using One Classic Water Glass
Day 7: Napkin Options for Summer Entertaining
Day 8: When You Feel Like Canceling the Party
Day 9: Leave Your Technology at the Front Door
Day 10: Candles That Enhance Good Conversation
Day 11: Serving Flavored Herb and Fruit Water
Day 12: Leafy Greens and a Tiny Bit of Agave
Day 13: Keeping Nut and Fruits and Cheeses on Hand for Easy Appetizers
Day 14: Move Your Table to a Different Space
Day 15: Greek Salad on a Stick and Getting the Kids Involved
Day 16: Three Lies of Perfectionism that Ruin Entertaining Moments
Day 17: Be Creative When You Run Out of Linens for Your Dinner Party
Day 18: Gather Around a Fire for Intimate Summer Entertaining
Day 19: Last Minute Father’s Day Invite and Pork Chops with Glazed Apricots
Day 20: Summer Entertaining GIVEAWAY from National Pork Board
Day 21: Create a Simple Appetizer Basket for Last-Minute Guests
Day 22: How to Change the Menu When Guests Cancel & Sweet Summer Salad
Day 23: Keeping the Conversation Strong with Summer Berry Crisp
Day 24: Music at a Summer Dinner Party
Day 25: Adding Dried Rosemary to your Barbecue
Day 26: Using Accent Dishes to Compliment Your Table Setting
Day 27: How To Barbecue Salmon on the Grill
Day 28: Summer Entertaining GIVEAWAY

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30 days of Summer Entertaining