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Tuesday, June 28 2016

Five Great Ideas on How to Plan Christening Parties

The christening of a child is a very special occasion. This is the first step that the baby takes in the world of Christianity and as such, it deserves to be marked and celebrated.

A christening party or a reception, as it is often called, will bring friends, relatives, the parents and the godparents of the child together. Planning a christening reception is not a simple task. The party needs to have special atmosphere and to correspond to the importance of the event.

You can make use of several great ideas when planning a christening party. These simple tips will help you put together the most amazing baby christening event ever.

Keep It Casual and Intimate

A christening party does not have to be flashy. The simpler it is, the better. Christening parties are usually very casual and relaxed, giving a group of people the chance to socialize and to celebrate a very special occasion.

The decorations can be exceptionally plain and minimalist, after all a christening is something far from luxury and vanity. Christening parties usually go without a theme but you can also dedicate it to anything baby-related. Crosses or a biblical theme will be appropriate.

Focus on the menu rather than on decorations. Ornate arches, table centerpieces and expensive tablecloths are unnecessary.

Think of Games

The games selected for a christening reception differ from the activities typical for a baby shower or a birthday party.

Board games will be best for this occasion. Such games give family members a chance to talk to each other while having fun and discussing issues of interest. Card games will also be quite appropriate.

If the reception is held outdoors, you can include sports. Volleyball, basketball, tennis and other sports that will give everyone the chance to participate will be a good selection.

Getting Guests Involved

The party will be extra special if you manage to get the guests involved in some way. Their input will be valuable to the family that is having a child christened.

The simplest option you can make use of is a guestbook. Have it available at the entrance, giving everyone the chance to write down a greeting or a special message. This guestbook will be a delightful souvenir from the christening reception.

Having video messages is another opportunity that you can utilize. You will need a small camera. Ask everyone to dedicate a personal message to the baby or the entire family. This option will give you the chance to create a very touching movie.

Decoration Ideas

Once again, the keyword that should guide all of your organizational activities is “simplicity.”

White is a color that is typically connected to Christianity, purity and innocence. Make it focal to the reception’s interior.

The items you can use include white balloons and white flowers. Refrain from overdoing it. Several centerpieces and delicate wall decorations will do just fine. In case the reception is held in the evening, you can make use of white candles.

Hold the Reception Immediately After the Christening

It will be easiest and most appropriate to hold the reception immediately after the baptism. Guests will be in a festive mood and you can extend the celebration.

Many churches have special halls that can be rented for special occasions. This makes it very convenient for you to hold the reception immediately after the baptism. Guests will be freed from the obligation to travel to another venue right after going to the church.

These are the basics of planning a christening party. It can be very simple, yet effective. Focus your efforts on creating intimate atmosphere. All other aspects of the reception hold secondary importance.

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Wednesday, June 22 2016

The Best Facts About Christening Gowns

Discover some interesting and little known facts about the christening gown - its origins and history throughout the ages. 

Christening can be the greatest occasion in a baby’s life.  This function is marking the baby’s birth and welcoming it into the church. A christening gown is often ornamented with ribbons, lace and embroidery. These gowns are often worn by baby boys and girls during the church christening function. The baby would also wear aptly matching blankets, bonnets and booties.

 The Origin

Christening gown is a very special dress worn by newborn babies on the day of their baptism. This dress resembles the preciousness of the event. Christening gowns made of satin and silk hane been widely worn ever since the 1700’s. The style was that of a long slip dress with short bodice, short sleeves and a low neck. This design has been followed ever since.

The Color

The color of the christening gown is white. This is according to the church custom. The white color represents purity and innocence.

 Victorian Gown

In the Victorian times the most commonly used material for christening gowns was cotton. It became very much customary, to add the Ayrshire work to the christening gown. The Ayrshire work is a very fine white embroidery work adopted from Scotland. Babies did also wear a matching white bonnet with this beautiful dress.

 Scottish Custom

It is a Scottish custom to have a small bread piece attached or pined to the christening gown during the ceremony. It was a belief or rather a myth that if an unmarried girl ate the bread she would dream about her husband on the same night. There was another belief that if the baby slept on the same night wearing the gown, this would bring in a lot of luck.


There would be a lot of work that goes into making a christening gown. After the special occasion, the gown would be preserved for the other children and then passed down to the generations to come. When buying christening gowns, you have to buy the best and the traditional styled ones available. The keepsake tradition would be followed as well, so people do buy the dress that would last for decades.


As per theology studies, the baptism ceremony and the history that revolves around the christening gown relates very much to the garments of life. This garment of life symbolizes the divine grace. Adam and Eve were clothed in a gown of christening before the fall of man took place in heaven.

Playing a very important role

The christening gown plays a very important role in your baby’s life. There are some manufacturers who bring out christening dresses with matching capes, jackets and bonnets. A bonnet is a very important part of the christening dress. It is a traditional piece which covers your baby’s head and ears, leaving the forehead exposed. You should also look for hair accessories and jewelries. This would make your baby look special.

Family Articles | August 27, 2012
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Friday, June 17 2016

Bar Mitzvah Invitations Last A Lifetime

A small majority of Jewish parents don't put much thought into Bar Mitzvah invitations. Choices are made based on expediency and momentary calculations. This is not prudent. Bar Mitzvah invitations, like college graduation certificates, mark a major milestone in the life of someone.

'This is the moment that such-and-such happened, and it's recorded on paper.' Young Bar Mitzvahs - the celebrated boy is actually called a Bar Mitzvah - will not recognized the future importance of a card's wording and design, but it is actually quite significant. Because Jewish law requires that the parents design the card, it is a final farewell of your parent's efforts into your childhood. The son can look back on it in adulthood and see how much work they put into it.

Bar Mitzvah Invitations should not be chosen lightly, and they should be a joint decision between both parents, even if the parents are divorced. The parents should set aside their differences and each try to think only of the child as they contribute their unique style to the card. Perhaps one parent could do the wording and another could choose the design, borders, images, and card style. The father may be verbose, and the mother may be creative and artistic. Or vice versa. Delineate roles for each.

The majority of Bar Mitzvah Invitations get tossed in the trash - even by the parents that sent them out originally. But there are several things you can do to make the memory more enduring:

1. Frame the invitation and put it on the wall.

2. Put the invitation in a plastic case as a personal keepsake for the child or parents.

3. Put the card in the family, or son's, or another scrapbook.

4. Burn it, and take a video, so you can commemorate passing from childhood to adulthood. This is not so tragic or grotesque as it seems because this purging is common in most societies. Psychologically, former things need to be passed over.

Any of the aforementioned ideas can be used. You needn't select just one because you can keep multiple copies of the card.

Jewish traditions entails that a Jewish male of 83 years old have a second Bar Mitzvah, and if he still had the original invitation that his parents designed 80 years previously, in good condition
, it would be well worth the trouble of keeping up with it.

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Wednesday, June 15 2016

Top 5 Baby Christening Gifts

By: John Smith

Buying the ultimate baby christening gifts can often present more of a challenge than you might expect. Although there are a wide variety of fantastic gifts on offer, it can be difficult to find something that is truly unique and special as the standard rattles, bedding and baby-grows are hard to avoid. As finding real presents with presence can be so hard, many people are trying to create their own innovative gifts and personalize presents imaginatively. With so many options for customization and personalization, it is now easier than ever to create the perfect present for the newborn. Below is a list of five fantastic baby christening gifts which are sure to be presents that will be treasured.

(1) One of the most fail-safe and yet fantastic baby christening gifts is that of the photo present. Typically silver photo frames are given for photos of the newborn and the proud parents. These are nice ideas but often many are given and all are very similar. To set yours apart from the rest, you can have a nice frame - or even a multi-photo frame - engraved with a special personalized message from the heart. Similarly, an engraved photo album can be a great keepsake as it becomes filled with photos of the new baby as it grows up. For a great christening gift, an already-filled photo album with images of relatives, special buildings and family friends is perfect for really capturing the era for both parents and child.

(2) For an unusual and special christening gift, different presents such as adopting a wild animal, donating money to a relevant charity on behalf of the baby or giving money to a baby of the same age in a different country are fantastic ideas. These humanitarian presents are a great way of giving something back and ensuring you give a really special gift. Some people have also named stars on behalf of their loved ones, created a rose on behalf of the recipient or even had trees planted in honour of the baby.

(3) Many people are also now giving long-term presents which are presents more for the child as they grow up as opposed to for the child as a baby. For example, a bottle of wine created from the year of birth is a popular present as it will have matured by their eighteenth birthday when they can drink it. Engraved wine glasses are also popular, as are personalized pens. Similarly, engraved jewelry in an adult size is a great present that they can admire as they grow until they are old enough to wear it. Boys are typically given personalized watches or cufflinks and for girls, pendant necklaces or an engraved bracelet are popular choices.

(4) A fun and practical personalized present idea is that of a personalized calendar. Creating your own calendar with family photos, important dates and personal messages is a really unique gift and a great way to jazz up the nursery with something really special. It is also practical for the new mum and dad as they can chart measurements and events and use it to remember baby-related appointments. You can also have clothing or nursery accessories such as clocks, trinket boxes or money boxes personalized so that the baby has a practical item for use but also something cute they can keep as a memento in later life.

(5) It is also now becoming popular to buy presents that are actually more for the new proud parents than for the baby. Suited to a bigger budget, many friends and relatives are buying parents an experience day getaway so they can be pampered and preened and enjoy a bit of time for themselves. This is a great present as it not only gives the parents a well-deserved break and some quality time alone, but it is also flexible as they can choose when they arrange it for. Other experience days such as family portrait experiences are also great, allowing the parents to capture some of their baby's first moments and the joy of having a new member of the family. For friends and relatives on a smaller budget, a pampering gift set with bath salts, indulgent foods and a fun DVD can be a great homemade present, especially if combined with the offer of a bit of babysitting so the new parents can enjoy a bit of time together.

(6) With the option for personalizing so many items from multi-photo photo frames to crystal champagne flutes and with so many innovative and imaginative presents on offer, as this top 5 list shows, it doesn't have to be too difficult to find unique baby christening gifts with presence.

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Thursday, June 02 2016

Giving Jewelry As Christening Presents

Giving the gift of jewelry is a way to give precious christening presents. Be it silver or gold, many people appreciate the tradition behind the jewelry. While it is not that common to give little boys this type of present, baby girls are the usual recipient of these after the christening.

To start, some people give charm bracelets.  With a charm bracelet the child can grow into it. Unlike a silver bracelet which the child can grow out of very soon! You also get the benefit of adding charms to it as the child grows, each piece expressing your love and hope for her future.

As they grow up and have various life events, a new charm can commemorate them and enhance your bond. Don't be alarmed if they do not always wear it though - such a precious christening gift could get destroyed, so they are best left as a keepsake as the child matures.

Are the child's ears pierced? If so consider giving some earrings. Earrings with pearls on a stud would look good. Silver studs would be very nice too.

For necklaces, some people choose to give A St. Christopher necklace to the child. The symbolism is that St. Christopher can protect the child on his life's journeys.

As with any gift though, be aware that the child will soon outgrow the present. This is not to say they do like it, or would not appreciate you buying it. Rather, it's just that as kids grow they will stop wearing them - but don't fret, they will still keep them and look back as adults with a fondness for their christening presents.
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