Christening a baby is a formal event and usually celebrated with a small reception or party afterwards. Most of the guests include family, friends and small children. While many of the attendants are local, some may travel to share this special moment in your child's life. Create a simple checklist three weeks to a month in advance that includes all the essentials for the party to guide you along the way.
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Decide the appropriate location so you begin cleaning your house if hosting a small party, or pay the rent for a larger place such as a hall, park or local restaurant that caters to many guests. Arrange for all necessary permits beforehand. Make sure the rented venue is near the church.
According to the website Tinyprints.com, send out the Christening Party invitations four weeks in advance so guests can arrange their schedules. Purchase these from a stationery store or make them at home for a personal touch. Include relevant information such as the date, time, dress code, if any and directions to the venue.
Keep the decorations simple and elegant so they blend with the ambience of the occasion. Select a colour theme to work with, such as white that usually marks this sacred event. Personalise it with pink or blue, depending on the sex of your baby. Balloons are great for adding colour to spaces. Bunch up plain white balloons or mix these with pink or blue.
Use fresh flowers to add colour to strategic spots. Place long stemmed flowers in vases for beautiful floral arrangements or cut excess stem lengths and allow blooms to float in a deep container along with scented floating candles.
Tie helium balloons with long lengths of silver ribbon that trail to the floor. Print a round or oval coloured picture of your baby and cut it out carefully. Punch a hole through the top, run ribbon through it and suspend from the ceiling of front door, or the top of the mantel piece or window frame. Make Print out different pictures and hang together to decorate a place that the guests can look through, like an album.
Keep in mind that decorating a house is different from decorating a rented venue. If hosting the party at a hall or restaurant, seek permission as to what you can use and what supplies they provide.
Chances are your guests will include little children, so keep them entertained from the start. Set up a "Children's Corner" with children's furniture. Include colouring books, board games, and other age-appropriate activities to keep the little ones occupied while their parents socialise.
If hosting the party outdoors, include provisions for a game of volleyball, football or purchase coloured chalk and ask them to decorate a sidewalk.
Feed your guests lunch if the party follows a Christening service. Hire a local catering service for an indoor event since you will have your hands full that day, or consider a cookout that includes hot-dogs or hamburgers for an outdoor party.
Serve a religious cake for dessert many bakeries specialise in. Ask them to personalise it with edible pink or blue flowers.
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