Planning a baptism or christening may seem daunting at first, but we’re here to help you prepare with a simple checklist! It’s really not as hard as it may seem. All you have to do is get organized. Take a look at 9 of our top tips below to help get you started and don’t forget to check out religious party must-haves such as decorations, supplies, and favors to make your child’s baptism or christening extra special!
1) Make a Guest List
First a foremost, make a guest list. That way, you have an idea of how big the event will be. Family and friends are both welcome but remember the guest list can be as big or small as you like. And don’t forget, Godparents are essential to this occasion. You’ll want to make sure they’re on the list and available.
2) Choose a Location
Once you have an approximation of how many guests will attend, choose a venue with the right amount of space. Your event can take place at your home, a relative’s home, or a venue.
3) Pick a Date
After choosing the location of the party, look into what dates are available. If hosting in your home, you probably have more flexibility with the dates. But if you’re looking into a venue or relative’s home, check out what free slots are available. You also need to check out what days work best for the church and double check that your date of choice works for the child’s godparents.
4) Pick a Theme
This is where the real fun begins. Having a theme is a helpful way to decide on decorations, favors, supplies, and more. Plus, it will make your event look extra special.
5) Send Invitations
Now that you have several aspects of your event decided on, it’s time to send out invitations to everyone on your guest list. Be sure to include essential information such as the date, the location, the time of the event, and the gift policy. And be sure to send out the invitations at least three weeks before the event. Plus, now that you have a theme, your invitations can match!
6) Incorporate Family Traditions
If you have any family traditions, don’t forget to incorporate them into the event. This is a special occasion already, but traditions will make it all the more memorable.
7) Decide on Favors
8) Create a Menu
Now that you have an idea of how many people will be attending as well as a theme, it’s time to create a menu. There are several ways to go about this. You can cook and serve the food yourself, ask everyone to participate potluck style, or hire a catering service. Whatever you decide, make sure to don’t wait until the last minute. That way you can give a heads up to guests, or hire a caterer with plenty of notice if needed. Plus, keep in mind that snacks and cake are customary.
9) Take Lots of Photos
The day may feel busy, but don’t forget to take lots of photos! You can even get photos of your little one taken before the event. Put your own camera skills to the test or hire a professional to focus on photos throughout the event. You’ll be so glad you did.
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