A baptism at any age is cause for celebration in the Christian community. When you have selected a hall to host a gathering to celebrate this occasion, you will want to give it a personal touch to make the space inviting for your guests. The extent of your decoration will be fully dependent on your budget, personal preferences and the limitations set by the hall where your event will be held.
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Check with your hall to find out if they have any restrictions on what decorations you will be able to use. Many facilities restrict the use of certain decorations such as confetti and may not allow anything to be tacked or taped in place. You will want to determine what you can not do before making any plans to avoid having to start over once you feel you have everything decided upon. This is also a good time to check with the hall to find out when you will be able to come in to decorate. If possible, try to get permission to come in the day before the baptism. The morning of the baptism will have enough tasks to keep you running without having to worry about preparing the hall.
Consider the age and preferences of the person who is being baptised. If you are celebrating an infant baptism, you may decide on a gender-specific colour theme or one that implements colours that feel festive in your mind. If the person being baptised is older, select a theme that will incorporate their preferences and interests.
Select centrepieces for the tables. To place an emphasis on this being a Christian celebration, you may opt to have crosses or other symbols of your faith as the centrepieces. Other options would include fresh flowers, potted plants that guests can take home with them or colourful balloon arrangements.
Purchase the decorations you intend to choose. Do not forget to buy items that will be necessary to complete your decorating such as tape and a helium tank if you are filling your own balloons. If it is possible, try to have your shopping done at least a week before the baptism to avoid rushing around at the last minute when you have other things you need to be doing.
Ask friends and family to help you decorate. This will make the job go faster and there are bound to be tasks that are easier to complete with more than one set of hands. Give each person a specific task to accomplish and explain it to them. Before they begin, ask them once if they have any questions. This will help keep everything organised as you decorate. When all of the decorating tasks are completed, stand back and see if there is anything else that needs to be done.