08/05/2013 10:00 EDT | Updated 10/05/2013 05:12 EDT

Kids play: Set up drinks station for pint-sized guests to make them feel special

When you're having a party with families, make the kids feel special by giving them their own drinks station. Here are some tips:

— Keep it simple with premade punch or combinations of fruit juices, lemonade, unfermented cider or complementary soft drinks they can use to make their own concoctions.

— Use items with as much colour as possible.

— Use colourful plastic glasses, pitchers and utensils and provide bendable straws. Make the kids' glasses easily distinguishable from adult glasses.

— Use a wide variety of kid-friendly garnishes such as fresh fruit (sliced if necessary), a variety of candies and cotton candy.

— Make sure they have their own ice bucket.

— Encourage them to give their drinks funny names.

Source: Nathan Cameron, beverage manager for Prime Restaurants Inc.