I’ve seen scene where kids runaround during wedding dinners. I wouldn’t say it’s an ugly sight, but I’d rather have my own kid sitting down having the dinner rather than running around and might accidentally knock down a bowl of hotsoup the waiter is carrying.
It’s really not an easy task getting a child to sit still throughout the whole 2-3 hours Chinese Wedding Dinner. Especially if it’s at night when the kid is tired and bedtime.
Before Vyktore’s day, I always bring Faythe to attend wedding dinner as I don’t want her to be left behind with the maid alone at home. When she was younger, it was easier as she couldn’t climb out from the chair. If she’s cranky, we will take turns carry her around to entertain her. Most of the time she can last till the 5-6 dish (which is very good)…ahemm …thanks to good training from Mommy *blush*. But when they are able to roam around, it’s another ball game.
Now that she’s bigger, it’s even harder to make her sit still. Lucky thing this Mommy very creative *self-praise again LOL*. This is what I do to make her sit still and we can enjoy rest of the dinner. Usually it can last till the veg or rice dish…at least by then both Daddy and myself are pretty stuffed with the glorious food and wouldn’t mind missing the last few.
First trick: wedding gift
Nowadays, wedding gifts comprises of cakes and chocolate. The trick is, let them explore with the gift. Let her opened up it up and see what’s inside. This should at least keep her busy before the dinner starts. Once she know what’s inside, you will probably have to unwrap the cake or chocolate and let her have it. That will also fill her tummy.
Second trick: food deco
Very often, the first dish is served with some food deco, e.g. edible flower or greens. This can be given to them, again to explore and keep them busy. She will spend some time wondering what the flower is made of and at the end of it peel off all the petals LOL. I did told her the greens are some sort of veg, and she smelled it and checked it out by playing with it.
Third trick: Sharksfin
Faythe is an ardent fan of sharksfin. She can finish 1 bowl all by herself..ahem..very clever in choosing dishes hahaa…So Mommy will get a bowl for her, scoop some sharksfin soup and cool it off, let her feed herself while we enjoy the sharksfin and the 3rd – 4th dish.
Fourth trick: Flowers deco
Usually wedding in hotels are decorated with flower. And being a curious kid, flowers are good haha…I’ll steal (when nobody notices, I’ll pluck it) for Faythe (choose those with lots of petals). Let her have it and again make a mess out of the place by peeling the petal one by one. By now we should be having the 5th/6th dish and the toasting session.
Fifth trick: Fish
She likes fish too, so when fish is served, I’ll make sure I take a good amount of fish, mash them up and debone and keep aside. She can eat it on her own and that’ll keep her busy for a while.
Sixth trick: Mushroom
Another of her favourite. She will eat anything if there’s mushroom. This usually comes as the 2nd last dish before the rice and dessert. If she has her share, then I will be able to have my share as well. Brocolli is also one of her favourite.
Last trick: Go around
OK, since she has lasted for so long, must give her some credit and let her walkaround, do some stretching. Then she’ll be all jolly and go home with a full tummy.
I have yet to bring Vyktore to any wedding dinner, but I doubt he can last that long since usual family dinner he’s already screaming his lungs off after 1 hour .