Unique baptism ideas

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Unique baptism ideas
A baptism party can be unique and creative with a little planning. (George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

A baptism is a special time for a family to come together and celebrate the life of a new child. In many Christian traditions, baptisms occur when the child is a baby and are followed by a party complete with a special baptism cake. There are many ways to put a fun spin on a baptism party and make it truly unique.

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Fairy-Themed Baptism Party

Many baptisms don't have a specific theme, so a fairy-themed party is unique. Instead of a plain white cake, order a cake decorated with sparkly frosting, fairy figurines, and meringue mushrooms. Make edible fairy wands by dipping pretzel sticks into white chocolate and dipping the end in sprinkles. You can hand out these edible fairy wands or place them in each guest's piece of cake. For the adults, make a fairy cocktail with coloured liquor and edible flowers floating on top. For the little ones, make pink lemonade or blooming flower tea to fit in with the fairy theme. Ask the guests (especially the children) to come dressed as fairies and decorate your house with garlands, fairy wands, sparkles, and flowers to create a fairy wonderland.

Unique baptism ideas
Ask guests to dress as fairies for your fairy-themed baptism party. (Pixland/Pixland/Getty Images)

Teddy Bear Picnic

Instead of a formal baptism party, try having an informal outdoor picnic complete with traditional picnic foods such as hot dogs, hamburgers, corn on the cob, fruit salad and cookies. Turn your back yard into picnic central with several red and white checkered picnic cloths. Ask the guests (the children) to bring along their favourite teddy bear (you can even address the invitations to the child and their teddy bear). Instead of a regular white christening cake, order a cake in the shape of a bear. Ask for teddy bears only as gifts!

Unique baptism ideas
Invite the child's friends and their favourite teddy bears to join in the fun. (Maria Teijeiro/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Zoo Animals

Some baptism parties can be boring for children because there isn't much to do. This unique theme will keep kids of all ages entertained. Send out invitations with zoo animals on the front inviting the guests to come dressed as their favourite zoo animal. When the guests arrive at the party, have the baptised baby wear a safari outfit and "welcome" the guests (parents will do this if the baby is too little). Look up local area petting zoos that will bring the animals to your party. You can also plan a group trip to the zoo if it's more affordable. Order a cake with zoo animal figurines on it. You can make finger sandwhiches cut into the shape of zoo animals by using store-bought cookie cutters. Have all the guests gather around and make animal sounds. You can set up a photo area with home-made "zoo cage bars" and take pictures of the guests as if they are animals in the zoo.

Mexican Fiesta

Instead of a formal indoor christening party, try having an informal outdoor fiesta. Decorate your backyard with colourful Mexican flags, store-bought fiesta decorations and play recorded mariachi music. For the adults, have margaritas and Mexican beer. For the little ones, make fruit punch. You can serve nachos, tacos, quesadillas, and other types of Mexican food at the party. Hand out maracas to the children and have them practice a Mexican-style dance. You can have the baptised baby wear a special baby-sized sombrero.

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