Depending on the religion, members are baptised into the church as infants or when they come of age. In some traditions, the act symbolically cleanses the individual of sin and rebirths them into a new life in God. Often, a christening or naming ceremony is tied into this as well. Regardless of when the baptism occurs in a person's life, it is an exciting day for family and friends. Large celebrations are often held in honour of the individual's acceptance into God's care and the guests are provided with baptism-inspired favours.
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Cut a 3-by-7-inch rectangle of satin fabric and fold it in half, keeping right sides together. Sew the two longer sides together so when you turn the fabric right side out, it makes a little bag. Fill the bag with Jordan almonds or another mess-free sweet and tie the top closed with a satin ribbon for an elegant look. Make one of these baptism favours for each guest.
Purchase a selection of white pillar candles and tie them with a wide satin ribbon, and present them to your guests. If you want to add an additional touch of elegance to your favours, wrap the candles in fine tulle and secure the material at the top with a ribbon. You can even paint the name of the person being baptised and the date of the ceremony onto the ribbon's surface with fabric paint.
Fill little tins with mints or chocolates, and paint the initials of the person being baptised onto the lid. Or, if he is an infant, wash out glass baby food jars and paint the lids with the name of the child and the date of the ceremony. Tie a ribbon around the jar's lid for extra panache.
Use decorated cookies to indulge your guests after the ceremony takes place---prettily iced treats will be appreciated by all. Use a cookie-cutter to create baptism-inspired shapes such as christening gowns, angels or crosses, and adorn the surfaces with piping and silver dragées for an expertly decorated look.
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