In many Christian churches, several weeks of religious training and preparation take place before a child is allowed to participate in Holy Communion for the first time. Once the Communion service is over, many families hold a party to celebrate the entrance of their child into the fullness of the faith. Appropriate decorations that reflect the day's events add a festive touch to the gathering.
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Nothing makes a child feel more important than seeing his name incorporated into the Communion party decor. Create or buy a banner that places your child in the starring role. "Jenna's First Communion" or "Paul's Holy Communion Party" are two ways to word your banner. Choose a personalised yard sign as well, and ask a trusted neighbour to place it in a strategic position once the family departs for the service. Imagine your child's surprise when she arrives home and notices a sign by the front walk that says "Congratulations Julie on your First Communion."
Most parents choose tasteful, subdued colours when they decorate for a solemn occasion like First Holy Communion. Leave loud colours such as lime green, purple, red and orange for birthday and graduation parties. Choose white, cream or ivory; pair it with a pastel colour like pale pink, mint green, baby blue or pale yellow. Accent the combination with silver or gold for a classy, eye-catching look that is never brash or garish.
Several symbols are appropriate and meaningful for a First Holy Communion celebration. Choose a decorative cross or crucifix as part of your decor, and make a gift of it to your child when the party is over. Hang it on the wall near his bed as a reminder of his new place in the church as a full member. Other symbols that can be used at the celebration: paper doves to represent the Holy Spirit, foil crosses as a reminder of Jesus' sacrifice and resurrection, and images of lambs that portray how your child is a responsible member of the flock.
When you create an elaborate tablescape as a focal point of your celebration, it suddenly becomes an integral part of the decor. Choose napkins, cups and plates with crosses and other religious designs on them. Make or purchase a sheet cake congratulating the communicant. Decorate the cake with flowers, a cross or a Bible. Place candles on the table and surround them with fresh or silk flowers. Put an open family-sized Bible nearby.
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