The infamous table plan
I still have just less than 5 months to go but Ive made a list of all the guests for the daytime, grouped into tables. I like to be organised and this will hopefully mean its easier down the line when I make the real table plan.
So, 2 questions.
First, does it matter about uneven numbers on tables? For instance most tables have 8 people, but the odd couple have 6 or 7. Im completely against forced mingling and splitting people up, so Ive tried to put people into natural groups, and the odd ones with those they know or have at least met before. Some tables have a lot of politics going on though, such as divorced parents who hate each other. So Ive done my best, but for example, I just cant drag one single person from their family and friends and stick them with a table full of strangers just to make a nice number 8.
Will it look weird?
Secondly, a kids table. There are 10 children ranging from age 3-12. I thought it would be more enjoyable for them to have a kids table, where they can all cause havoc and have their goody bags and generally be kids without stressing the parents too much, or without being made to be boring and having their spirits dampened down. It also makes it a lot easier to work out the numbers on other tables. Whenever we go for family the meals the kids all abandon the table and end up in a pile in the corner anyway (were a big family and reserve private rooms 😂)
I have concerns about this though, the main one being my mummy fear of choking. This is my current anxiety, so I thought if I placed the kids table sort of in the middle so its surrounded by adults who can keep an eye on things, and theres also the 12 year olds who Im sure would be mature enough to keep an eye open too. Other concerns being just how rowdy this table could get (I dont mind, Im used to it, but they might all lead each other along more than usual), and they might ruin their outfits more than usual etc.
But is this a good idea? Am I overthinking it? I just worry about the littlest ones really. There are 3 preschool age. I even considered asking some staff from the nursery to come and watch them but I do think thats OTT!