A Christening is an important day in your family's life as you celebrate the devotion and dedication of a new life to God. The ceremony may be part of a Mass or worship service or may be a separate ceremony just for the Christening. The beauty of the day should be celebrated with special decorations both at the Church and at your home, where guests usually gather afterward for a reception.
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Things you need
- White bows for pews
- White fabric netting
- White floral wire
- Potted plants
- Pink or blue balloons
- White tablecloths
- Baptism-themed cake
Dress up the front pews with large white bows. Most party shops have large pew bows available, or you can make them yourself with 3-inch-wide white ribbon and some white floral wire. Also using white floral wire, attach the bows to the first four pews on each side of the main aisle to create a special seating area for guests. For an extra-special touch, attach a nosegay (small bundle of flowers) to the centre of each bow.
Use white fabric netting on the railings that lead into the Church. Measure each handrail and then add another 5 feet to figure out how much to purchase. Decorate each handrail by attaching the end of the fabric to the end of the rail with wire. Then drape the fabric by bringing it up to the handrail every 3 feet and connecting it to the rail with wire. Use white floral wire so that it's not so noticeable against the white fabric.
Place large potted plants around the Baptismal font with permission from your Church. Select bright white daisies, pink or blue mums or white lilies. For a winter Baptism, use white poinsettias.
Decorate the front of the house with white, pink or pastel blue helium balloons. Place a few at the street, around the mailbox, to help guests locate your home, and place more by the front door and around the food and gift tables inside.
Dress the food and beverage table in a simple white tablecloth and add some confetti around the serving platters. Confetti comes in many themes and colours, and you can purchase baby pacifiers and rattles as well as religious symbols such as crosses and white doves.
Make the cake the centre of attention. Visit your local bakery and pick out a Christening-themed cake to serve to guests after the event. You can get pink or blue accents on a white cake with a cross design, or a cake in the shape of the cross for a more traditional look. You can also purchase a cake that looks like an open Bible with the baby's name and Christening date written in it. Another popular design is to have "God Bless (baby's name)" written on the cake in pink or blue icing.
The Party Afterwards
Tips and warnings
- Talk to the Church about the decorations. Many Churches have rules about decorations; your Church may also have ribbons that you can use for the pews or their own flowers around the font.
- Don't decorate the Church before talking to your priest or minister. Many have very strict limitations on what kind of decorating you can do, so always get permission first.
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