Last night we took the kids out to dinner with a group of friends, most of whom don't have kids.
There were 12 adults, our three toddlers and one other family with their almost 3 year old.
Our kids were fantastic! They dropped some food, they were a little loud, we did spill a little bit of one of the drinks but overall for 2 and 3 year olds they were awesome.
I did not think a whole lot of it, but afterwards our friend (whos 2 year old was not as awesome) asked us how we kept THREE kids so well behaved during dinner. We talked for a minute and she asked me to send her my "technique" so she could share it with her play group moms LMFAO!!!
I thought this would be a good place to get feedback/more ideas to share with her.
How to take your toddlers to a dinner party:
NAPS! We left our afternoon activity early so they could get a good long nap in before we left for dinner.
Snack: We were going to a steak house, so we fed the kids a high protein snack before we left, knowing that they would fill up on roles while we waited for dinner.
Cups: we brought our own cups because they are just not quite ready to do the big cups at the restaurant. With 16 people at the table, this also ment we did not have to wait for drinks.
Toys: We brought two small, QUIET, simple toys for each kid. (in our case a miniture magnadoodle and an old cell phone with no power, just buttons).
Babywipes: We are almost to the point where we don't have to travel with wipes anymore, but I always keep a pack in my bag for at the table... anything they spilled, wiped in their hair, or any other mess got cleaned up immideatly, so even though we probably had 40 "messes" that needed to be wiped up over the evening, it never got piled up and looked like a disaster at our end of the table.
Quiet time: When one kid got frustrated and started getting loud we went to the bathroom... not like "proverbial 'go to the bathroom to get a spanking', just got up, changed the scenery for a minute, and went back to our seats and he was good for the rest of dinner.
Anything else you more experianced moms want to add?