First Communion is one of the most sacred and solemn occasions in a Roman Catholic’s life. Most children receive their First Communion around the ages of seven or eight. It is at this point that the Catholic Church deems them at an age of reason, when they are capable of understanding and appreciating the mystery of the transubstantiation. Your child, for the first time, will receive the body and blood of Jesus Christ. That calls for great celebration!
Preparing for your child’s First Communion can seem a bit overwhelming. It is easy to get wrapped up in trying to buy the right veil or tie, finding the perfect gifts and entertaining family and friends. That is why we have put together some First Communion gift guide and party ideas to help ease some of your anxieties and allow you to spend more time focusing on what is most important, your First Communicant.
If you’re not exactly sure what qualifies as a good First Communion gift, fall back on the classics. Think back to some of the gifts you may have received on your First Communion and pass those traditions onto your children.
Once you have the basics covered, suggest that family and friends have some fun picking from some less traditional gifts as well. Young children love stuffed animals and dolls. First Communion bears and porcelain dolls make great gifts and incorporate the faith into every day play. Use these First Communion gift ideas to get you started and add your own personal touches along the way to make your child’s First Communion as memorable and unique as possible.
Now that you’re full of First Communion gift ideas, the party doesn’t seem so intimidatin. Most Catholic families choose to throw a First Communion party with friends and relatives to acknowledge the First Communicant and celebrate their First Holy Eucharist. Whether you plan on having a small get together or a large gathering, make sure to allow yourself time with your son or daughter. You don’t want to become so busy playing the host that you miss the opportunity to celebrate with your family. Use paper First Communion plates and cups to make clean up fast. Themed First Communion party supplies come with matching centerpieces right down to the thank you cards. This makes deciding on colors and decorations simple and inexpensive. Another time saving tip is to keep your menu simple and serve foods that can be prepared ahead of time, remember this is a child’s First Communion party, not a black tie affair.
The Finishing Touch
OK, so You have the gift and party under control, now its time for the finishing touch, making sure your First Communicant is looking their best on their First Communion day. You’ve got the dress or the suit, but now you need a little something extra to send them off knowing just how much you love them. For girls give her a delicate First Communion veil for her hair, or a pair of white gloves and purse. For boys how about a First Communion tie with matching tie clip Another nice gesture is to present them with a special medal or piece of jewelry to wear just before the ceremony. This way they will have it with them and know you are thinking of them as they walk forward to receive the Holy Eucharist. The sacrament of First Holy Communion is just as much a celebration on the inside as it is on the out. The way your child steps forward on the big day is a reflection of the importance you place on this most holy of events. Check out our line of First Communion accessories here.
Remember, this is just a guide. Use these ideas to get you started and add your own personal touches along the way to make your child’s First Communion as memorable and unique as possible. However you choose to celebrate your child’s First Communion make sure it does not deviate from the sacredness of the sacrament and be sure to enjoy it!
Many Blessings to you, your family and your First Communicant!