A Christening is the first major event of your baby's spiritual life that friends and family will want to come together to celebrate with you. Whether you prefer a small or simple gathering, or a big, elaborate shindig, you can plan a fitting party that meets your tastes and your budget.
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A Christening theme helps you focus decorating efforts to create a harmonious look. "God's little angel" or "Noah's ark" themes can narrow choices to items that specifically revolve around angels or animals. Themes don't have to be blatant. "Jesus loves us" is a powerful theme serving as a reminder of the mood you are trying to achieve. Convey this theme by choosing crosses or signs with Bible verses. Even less obvious is "innocence and purity" which will help you choose the style without tying your hands to certain images or colours.
White is the colour most associated with the Christening party since they are about purification of the soul. Use a monochromatic white-on-white palette for drama. Mix pure white with eggshell and antique white, or mix matt finishes with glossy, glittery and shiny finishes for a hint of contrast. To break up the white, incorporate different colours to varying degrees. Silver and/or gold add elegance, while a splash of black is classy and modern. Alternately, incorporate pastels: pink, blue, green, lavender or yellow. Break with colour traditions altogether. Use your favourite colour combination and add white accents in centrepieces or table settings.
The most important thing to consider before purchasing any decorations is your budget. If your means allow, you can decorate quite extravagantly with floral arrangements, linen tablecloths, fine china and comfortable padded seats. Don't fret if your budget is small; compensate with creativity. Make decorative balloon clusters, paint a banner, cut out cardboard decorations to colour and hang up or drape the entire room in overlapping layers of crepe paper streamers arranged in elegant scalloped twists.
If any areas or walls in your home, yard or party venue are not in line with your theme or detract from your Christening decorations and colours, remedy the situation by covering it up. Get some long strips of fabric, paper or plastic in the colours and styles you are going for and create a drape across the area to hide what you don't like. You can use reams of fine silk or linen, or rummage through thrift shops for old curtains, draperies or bedspreads. Dig through discount bin for marked-down bolts at a fabric store, or make a trip to the dollar store to purchase table cloths you can line up side-by-side on the wall.
Your baby can become part of the decor for her own party by having photos taken ahead of time. Photos can be printed onto invitations and thank-you notes. Enlarge a photo of your baby to poster size to hang as a centrepiece decoration, or use elegant wire sculpture photograph holders on each table as a centrepiece and put your baby's photos in them for guests to take with them as keepsakes after the party. You can have your baby's image professionally printed on Mylar balloons, banners, cups, party favour bags or on the cake itself.
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