Priesthood holders in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints can give a name and blessing to a baby during Sunday services. Anyone can come to the LDS church services, which means friends and family, can be invited to a baby blessing. A creative invitation can help spread the word about the special event.
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Baby blessing invites are an ideal place to show off your new addition to the family. Use the front of your invitation for a baby picture, or include one inside. A black-and-white photo is dramatic and can also show the reverent and special nature of the event. Another idea is to include a photo of the entire family, along with the newborn baby. If you have an LDS temple nearby, it would make an appropriate backdrop for a family photo.
There are a number of Latter-Day Saint artists who depict Jesus Christ among children, or temples, which are a symbol of eternal families. LDS online stores or art and bookstores have copies of these paintings available. They can be attached to the cover of your invitation, or included inside as a removable card for the recipients to keep.
Although you may want to print out the actual message inside the card rather than writing it out numerous times, the rest of the card can be handmade. Paper cutouts, depicting baby items such as teddy bears and soothers, can be used in your card. Scrapbooking paper comes in many baby-themed designs that can be used as backgrounds for the front or inside of your invitation. Miniature ribbon bows, lace borders and buttons can all be used as well. Search the dollar, scrapbooking and craft stores for interesting ephemera that you can use in your invitation designs.
Wording Your Invitation
There is no right or wrong way to word your invitations; however, you should include certain things. The baby's name, of course, should be prominent, along with the parents' names. General information, such as the time, place and date, is essential. If your invitation is going to non-LDS members, you'll want to include information they may not be aware of. You'll need to let them know that the blessing is taking place at the beginning of regular church services, and that if they do not want to stay for the whole meeting, they can leave quietly after the blessing. The invitation should also indicate that church-appropriate attire is needed. Although guests do not have to conform to church member standards, generally this includes skirts or dresses for the women, and white shirts and ties for the men. Children are welcome as well. If you have room on your invitation, you can include a favourite scripture or poem about babies or families.
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