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Tuesday, May 31 2016

Tips on How to Throw a Stylish Christening

The Invites
Send out beautiful stylish invitations well before the event. Include a dress code, smart casual or formal!! The bigger the outfit the more special the occasion.

A traditional christening gown for your child. A knee length dress with matching coat for the mother, just think wedding style. A smart suit for the father – not his work one. Have some beautiful muslins to protect you and your child from any baby goo. See for beautiful gowns.

Keep it simple and elegant, marquee on your lawn, hotel etc. Make sure everything is coordinated and elegant, no paper plates or banners, beautiful white linen and white china works well.

Either have the celebration at a venue or hire waiters, you want to be with your guests not serving them. If you are on a budget, like most of us, give friends and family specific jobs, so you share the load and can all enjoy the celebration.

Follow the rules for a wedding, if it is a seated reception, make sure the people who sit next to each other, like each other.

Have an organized plan for the reception, so that the guests are always entertained, and don’t let it go on for too long.

You will probably have a lot of children attending, have goodie bags at the table to keep them entertained while you are eating, the other parents will appreciate this greatly. If your budget can stretch to it maybe an entertainer for the children.

Good luck and have fun! Enjoy one of the most beautiful days in your baby’s life!
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Friday, May 27 2016

Irish Christening Gowns & the Irish Tradition

Aren't Irish christening gowns just beautiful, and what about the tradition that surrounds the Irish christening.

Irish tradition, like any other, comes with its own variations. The good thing about tradition of any form, is that it can be adapted to suit your own needs.

Irish symbols

Symbolism on the christening gown is a personal choice. There are many Irish symbols that can be applied to a gown. From ancient Celtic spirals to the exquisite claddaugh. Research the symbols and you'll find that they have hidden depths and meanings, but for now, here's some basic Celtic symbol descriptions.

Celtic Knots, believed to protect against evil. The more complex the knotting, the greater the protection.

Celtic spirals, believed to be the balance between the inner and the outer consciousness.

Celtic tree of life delivers wisdom, and is also believed to deliver messages from the gods.

Celtic cross, believed to signify the four directions of the wind, and the four seasons.

Shamrock, one of the favorite Irish symbols. The symbol of trinity.

Claddaugh, the symbol of love and friendship.

The tradition behind the Irish christening gown

The Irish believe that for daughters, the christening gown should be one of the three white dresses that she will wear in her lifetime. Her christening/baptism gown, communion/confirmation gown, and of course her wedding gown. All should be white as this symbolizes, purity, joy and new life.

An old Irish custom is to make the christening gown from the mother’s bridal gown. Using lace or fabric from the veil, or other parts of the wedding gown. This is normally made by the mother.

A mother’s first-born child is said to wear part of the bridal gown for her christening, and then when the child marries, part of the christening gown will be re sewn back into the bridal gown!

All of this represents the threads binding together the different generations.

This tradition of course comes with its variations, one of which is that the mother makes her child's christening gown from her own bridal dress, and this then gets handed down through the generations as a family heirloom, rather than being recast into the wedding dress.

Many Irish christening gowns are hand embroidered with symbols. They could have panels made from the old Cluney lace (lace that is so delicate and airy, it resembles crochet stitches) Or it could be made from fine Irish silk or old Irish linen. The beauty of the Irish gown is partly the tradition that lies behind it.

What if you don't have your own gown to hand down through the generations? What if you don't fancy chopping up your wedding dress to make a christening gown! Don't worry, there are plenty of places out there that are perfecting the art of making Irish christening gowns, and then you could start handing that down through your own family, and make your own tradition.

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Wednesday, May 25 2016

Baby Christening Shoes Are a Wonderful Christening Accessory

A christening is where the parents and their family introduce their beloved new arrival into the world and it is day full of celebration and joy. When you are in doubt, remember that it is a good idea to buy a shoe that is darker in colour than the actual outfit.

When your precious infant is going to be christened it is always important to remember that it is the shoes which complete the outfit. Sometimes parents will spend a great deal of money on an exquisite outfit and then settle for just any pair of matching shoes, but of course this will not do the outfit any justice.

Select christening clothes first, then the christening shoes

When choosing your christening outfit, always select the clothes first. The shoes need to compliment the outfit and not look odd because they are the wrong colour or style. If your little girl for instance is in a dress covered in ruffles and ribbons, you might think it important to get matching shoes with frills and ribbons too. But you need to consider the fact that this might be overkill and that nobody notices the outfit so much because the shoes are screaming out for all to look at them. Christening shoes need to complement the outfit, not detract from the outfit.

Baby christening shoes will often tend to come in a variety of white colours; the shoes could be cream, ivory, snow white or off-white. Believe it or not, the colour white does come in many different shades that it can be quite hard to match between the outfit and the shoes. When you are in doubt, remember that it is a good idea to buy a shoe that is darker in colour than the actual outfit. The reason is that if you put white and cream next to each other, the total effect can make the cream colour look a bit grubby next to the radiant white colour, and you do not want your baby's outfit appearing anything close to grubby.

What the christening shoes usually comprise of

When looking for beautiful christening shoes for either boys or girls, your best bet would be to look on the internet. You will find a variety of different styles and colours available that you can order online and have delivered.  Fortunately the descriptions on the internet are well detailed, usually accompanied by close up pictures of the shoes so you know exactly what you are buying. Girls christening shoes are made from 100% cotton batiste accented by delicate tiny braids and ribbon rosettes. Usually a faux button closure hides the Velcro tab. Another girl's shoe choice is one made from 100% silk dupioni, usually embroidered delicately over the toes, including matching ribbon rosettes with bias tie closures. Baby boys' shoes are usually made from 100% polyester matte satin, often with Celtic cross embroidery embroidered on the sole of the shoe and also over the toes. Not only are these exquisite baby shoes trendy, but they are able to be wiped clean, using a dry sponge. This keeps them shimmering white and beautiful for babies from about three to twelve months.

Any gorgeous shoes matching the just-as-gorgeous outfit needs to be fashionable and comfortable, needing only to be put on and taken off easily. Remember that it is easier to match christening shoes to baby's outfit than it is to match the outfit to the shoes. There are some people who think it silly and even futile to spend a lot of money on christening shoes and christening clothes for a baby for only one day, but this is not true. A christening is where the parents and their family introduce their beloved new arrival into the world and it is day full of celebration and joy.

The family portrait will reveal the importance of the christening shoes
To complete the beautiful family portrait, it is imperative that baby looks adorable in his or her christening clothes, and when years later he or she looks back at that first family portrait
, he or she will look on with pride and joy at the beautiful picture that was created and a lot of it would have to do with the beautiful baby christening shoes and clothes worn on that momentous occasion.

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Monday, May 16 2016

Where to Hold Your Baby’s Christening

Much like a wedding, a christening or naming ceremony isn’t just about the ceremony. It also includes a party – or reception – afterwards. It’s a chance to catch up with friends and for everyone to meet your baby. It can be a simple afternoon tea with cakes right through to a three-course sit down meal. The question is where to hold it?

For church ceremonies, it’s best to use a reception venue that’s easy to reach from the church, either by foot or car. Many people use their local church for the ceremony making their own home, local pub or restaurant obvious venues. But options like nearby hotels, golf clubs or even outdoor spaces like a beach or park could be used. The key is to make it close to the church so that guests don’t have to drive a great distance.

Naming ceremonies using a registrar usually need to be held in an approved venue. Very often these are hotels or golf clubs, which means the reception, can be held in the same place as the naming ceremony. If you’re not using a registrar, you can hold the ceremony and reception anywhere, including your own home. However, bear in mind that the celebrant might have to visit in advance to check for health and safety purposes.

Number of Guests… And Don’t Forget The Weather!

Who do you want to invite? Is this going to be a small family gathering with just your close friends? Or is it a chance for the entire extended family, neighbors, friends and baby group buddies to get together?

The number of guests you have will largely determine where to have it. Unless you have a very large house and garden, holding a reception at home for a big group is probably not a great idea. Equally, hiring a large reception hall for a handful of people to rattle around in will make the day feel awkward.

Find a space that fits the number of guests you’ll have. Don’t rule out restaurants, hotels or golf clubs if you have a small party – many of these venues have small, private dining or function rooms. Call around to get minimum and maximum capacities allowed. Equally, don’t think that just because you have a large party you can’t go to your local pub - you might be able to hire it out for the afternoon. But don’t expect to be able to squeeze a big group in comfortably while sharing it with regular Sunday lunch-goers.

If you’re holding a naming ceremony, consider whether the ceremony takes place in a separate area or if you’ll need to convert the space for the reception afterwards. And if you’re planning on holding the ceremony at home, think about using a marquee to expand the useable space into the garden.

Wherever you choose, remember the changeable weather. Do you have a wet weather back up plan and equally, do you have shade – particularly for older and very young guests – on a hot summer’s day? If you’re having it at home, do you have outdoor shading, rain cover and might you need heaters? If you’re using a venue, how far in advance do you need to let them know about a change of weather plan?
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