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Planning a Meaningful Baptism Reception


Baptism Invitations
A baptism is a significant day for the family, signifying the introduction of the baby into the church and community. In the Catholic and Protestant faiths, newborns are anointed with holy water and blessed by the church clergy. In the catholic religion, the baptism serves to wash away original sin. In some protestant faiths, the baby is dedicated to the church rather than baptized. Sometimes, a baby is baptized in the name of a patron saint. Since baptisms almost always involve large family gatherings, it’s important to commemorate the occasion by planning a baby baptism party that will be a joyous and memorable event.


Christening Invitations
Before beginning your baptism party planning, it’s important to keep in mind that baptism is a formal religious ceremony. With this knowledge, you should attempt to achieve a balance between solemnity and celebration.


When sending out baptism invitations, remember that if the party is scheduled to take place following the baptism, proximity to the church is key. The number of guests will affect your location choice. You can hold your baptism reception in your home, a neighborhood park, the church hall, a restaurant or an event hall. This charming personalized baptism plate can be used in lieu of a guest book for your baptism reception guests to sign.

If other children will be invited, be sure to consider high chairs and entertainment options for them. You can set up a children’s show like Veggie Tales for them to watch, a coloring or craft table with a baptism craft or plan some games to hold their attention — at least for a little while!


Now… what about food? Depending on the time of the baptism and the weather, you can arrange a buffet lunch, afternoon tea, low-maintenance spread or backyard barbecue. Many large crowd recipes are available online. Consider having drinks on hand to toast the baby’s health and a cake with white frosting that includes the baby’s initials, name and christening date.


rosary party favor

You should also consider having party favors for the guests as part of your baptism party planning. Some appropriate themes you could choose include crosses, the color white, doves, angels, candles and Bibles.

Dove Cookie Favors – beautiful organic cookies are perfect for your baptism party.

 

Greek Baptism Traditions


Greek baptism towel set
The baptism of a baby in the Greek Orthodox Church is a ceremony second only to marriage in its symbolism, and the christening of a child is a major event in the life of their family. Every region in Greece has its own traditions that set it apart from the rest of the country, but there are similarities in tradition that carry through all of Greece. Among those are the items that must be brought to the church by the godparents.


  • baptismal pillar candles
    1 small white towel to be used by the priest and godparents to wipe their hands after the baptism
  • 1 large white towel to wrap the baby in
  • 1 large white sheet to be used with the towel to wrap the baby in
  • 1 set of baptismal undergarments to dress the baby immediately after the immersion
  • 1 small bottle of olive oil for the priest to pour into the baptismal water
  • 1 bar of soap for the priest and godparents to wash their hands
  • 3 white candles to be lit after the baptism when they walk around the baptismal font
  • a baptismal outfit

  • Martyrika Christening PinMartyrika-Christening Witness Pins
    that will be pinned on the guests attending the ceremony
  • A gold cross on a chain for the baby to wear
  • A baptismal box to put all of the above items in to carry them to the church


Greek Baptism Invitations

Baptism Invitation for Girls
Personalized Greek Baptism invitations allow you to express to the formality of the occasion, clarify reception details and announce the Godparent names. For more ideas, check these links:

Enjoy!

Noah’s Ark – Double Baptism Party


twins baptism invitation
If you have twins and are having a baptism celebration, you can double the fun with our Noah’s Ark theme invitations and decorations! This adorable bible story theme also works for first cousins sharing a reception.

  1. Start the fun with our popular Noah’s Ark baptism invitaiton. Choose blue, pink or unisex pale sage or lilac to coordinate with the babies being baptized.
  2. Choose table decorations to continue the color scheme. Try a simple vase of fresh flowers on each table, tied with a wide ribbon in your color.
    plush animals

    animals confetti
    Next to or hanging from each vase arrange two matching small plush animals. Zebras on one table, tigers on another. These can double as favors for the children present. Run a strip of the same ribbon down the center of each table and sprinkle some animal confetti around.
    noah's ark cake
  3. If you will have small party favors at each place-setting, tie with the same ribbon color and add a tag with “thank you for coming” to each one. Animal shaped tags would be especially cute. You may be able to find pre-cut ones at a teacher supply store.
  4. Try one of these for your dessert table: a Noah’s Ark cake design, animal cutout cookies, or cupcakes each decorated with a different animals (in pairs of course!)

Enjoy the party!