A baby’s baptism is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate with your friends and family. Last week we gave some tips on the logistics of planning your baby’s baptism ceremony. In this post, we’re focusing on the post-church baptism party.
Like any party planning, start by creating a list of people to invite to your baby’s baptism party. Godparents, immediate and extended family, close friends and acquaintances from your church is a good place to begin. Next, choose a baptism invitation that sets the tone of your baby’s baptism. Consider sending a card that has a picture of your baby on it, making it a valuable keepsake. Keep in mind that you will want to send the invitations out one to two months prior to the baptism. By sending invitations well in advance, you give guests from out of town time to make necessary arrangements.
A baptism party can take place at your home, the home of one of your friends or family members (godparent or grandparent), or at a restaurant. If the party takes place at a home, it is customary to provide snacks and a cake. What type of food you serve will depend on what time the baptism takes place. For morning baptisms, simple breakfast fare like bagels and cream cheese, muffins, and fruit salad can be sufficient. For afternoon and evening baptism parties, you might want to have sandwiches and salads or casseroles. If you are expecting a large group, consider catering the meal or having your friends and family pitch in. The final attraction, apart from your baby, of course, is the baptism cake. Cupcakes are also becoming a popular trend for baptism parties.
When deciding on baptism party decorations, you might want to consider selecting a theme such as Christ the King or New Life as well as a color scheme that would go well with it. If you’d rather not use a theme, and just want to decorate with colors, you could always keep it simple and choose blues for a boy, or pinks for a girl. You could also use the current liturgical season’s color (red, green, white, purple, or gold) and maybe include banners or cards with quotes from scriptures or famous sayings that reflect upon this time in your child’s life. Here are some of our favorites:
How tenderly He loves them,
the children of this earth.
How carefully He guides them,
from the moment of their birth.
How lovingly He looks upon them,
sweet and fair,
May He always keep our little one safe
within His care.
I am the bread of life.
Whoever comes to Me will never be hungry
and whoever believes in Me will never be thirsty.
May the Lord give his angels
charge over you to guide you in all your ways.
Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you.
Before you were born, I set you apart.
For centerpieces you could use fresh cut flowers, or baby items such as bottles filled with colorful beads or confetti. There are so many possibilities. Check out arts and crafts stores and let your imagination run wild. Also, be sure to set out a small table for baptism gifts and baptism cards from your guests.
If it fits into your budget, an extra touch would be to offer your guests baptism favors. Keeping with the religious theme, you might give your friends and family a little angel bookmark, a mini rosary in an organza bag, or more personalized favors, such as candy with your baby’s name on the box.
Finally, be sure to gather mementos from the baptism and celebration to put in a box or your baby’s album. You will no doubt treasure these memories for years to come.
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