A christening ceremony is all about welcoming a new baby into the family faith, and the after-party is a time for celebrating new life, customs, and the loyalty of family and friends. The baptismal party should be based around the devotion experience that it represents, but it’s equally a time for relaxing and enjoying your baby and those you love. Moreover, planning a fabulous christening can also be enjoyable when you apply these seven effective organizational skills.
1. Determine the Guest List before you begin Planning the Christening
Before you begin making plans, it’s necessary to know how many guests you will need to make accommodations for. Make a decision whether you will be having a large baptismal party or you will just be inviting the godparents, family and close friends. When you make out your guest list, always start with who must be at the party, that way you can include more guests if you choose to. Don’t forget to write down the amount of kids that may be attending.
2. Contact the Godparents
It’s essential that your baby's godparents are at the christening ceremony and baptismal party, so you’ll definitely want to check with them before setting the date and ordering the christening invitations. You may even want to consult with them about the planning, as they may want to take part in organizing the event. It’s also possible that one of the godparents will want to help host the gathering.
3. Decide on a Venue and Speak with the Vicar
Before you order the baptism invites, you’ll also want to know all of the details of the occasion. If you are going to book a venue, you will want to make certain it is available on the day you plan to have the event. In addition, speak with the vicar at your church to find out if you need to schedule the christening ceremony.
4. Order the Christening Invitations
A baptism invite printed on high-grade paper will greatly express the significance of this special occasion. Your child's godparents will appreciate the care and determination you invested in sending them a remarkable invitation. They will instantly understand what the importance of their role in your child’s life means to you. The christening invitations should be sent out at least two months before the day of the event to make certain your family and friends can save the date.
5. Include Family Traditions in the Festivity Planning
Even if you plan to keep the day simple and laidback, remember that it is a faith event. For this reason, you may want to comprise some family customs in the revelries; maybe your family has a special song or a family treasure that has been passed down from generation to generation. Also, kids get bored easily, so it’s important to include fun activities for the children who will be at the baptismal party, such as indoor or outdoor games, crayons and colouring books, and a selection of puzzles.
6. Plan the Menu
Take into account the amount of guests that will be attending, and don’t forget to include the children that will be present at the event. If your baptismal party is going to be large, you may want to consider a buffet or barbecue. Be sure to include foods on your menu that the kids will like.
7. Appoint a Photographer
If you’re taking special care to create a fabulous christening, you’ll certainly want to photograph it! As well, your child’s christening day is something that should be documented in his childhood photo album and scrapbook, so it’s crucial to take plenty of pictures. You’ll want to spend your time with your baby and guests; therefore, ask a close friend or family member to be in charge of taking pictures throughout the day. If you don’t know someone who is talented at photography, you may want to hire a professional photographer.