tops tips – Planning and styling a Christening party
I planned Ethan’s christening recently and thought it would be good to share how we got on, with some hints and tips thrown in too!
Our first step was picking a colour palette to style the event – I always find setting this at the start makes the styling process easier, as you can instantly refine your choices based on their fit with the palette. For our Summer date, we chose dark and light teal, white and coral.
For me, sending an invite in the post is such a great way to get your guests excited about any event. We chose these personalised invites from vistaprint.
Tip – Add these cute envelope stickers to your order, they add a really nice touch to the envelope and can be used on other elements throughout the day.
Christening party venue – Leeds
Our celebration party was held at The Mustard Pot in Chapel Allerton, Leeds from 1.45pm, after the ceremony. They have a private space with a bar upstairs called The Colman Room – it was the perfect size for our 40 or so guests with enough room to fit quite a few prams! The décor is in keeping with the stunning Georgian style of the building with exposed beams and neutral colours, and its original sash windows frame the view of their garden beautifully. The staff were really great in helping us put up our decorations and everyone really loved the afternoon tea menu we served.
Tip – if you will have guests coming with babies, ensure there will be enough parking and room for their prams and high chairs at the venue without it getting too cramped. Ask the venue to help put up your decorations to save you time.
Christening styling and decorations
We chose these gorgeous confetti filled balloons from prettylittlepartyshop.
We had them filled by floaties-uk and we hung paper fans (from ebay) by twine around the room. We also decorated the room with bunting I made using photos of Ethan.
Tip – Make your own low cost bunting by hanging photos of your little one to twine with miniature wooden pegs. Paper fans have more impact in groups of three – try putting a small, medium and large fan in different colours together in a cluster. Make the most of your balloons after the event by using them as photo props – see how I did it in my post on DIY Thank You cards here.
Music and Songs for a christening
We made the day unique by performing a live rendition of Nichole Nordeman’s song ‘Slow Down’ – I thought this was a perfect song for a Christening!
Tip – create a play list of music to set the tone you want at the party – if you have a friend who performs music, you could ask them to perform a song at the party as a christening gift to make the day even more memorable for your guests
Wondering what to wear to a christening? I chose a soft chiffon cape mini dress from Asos. I felt this had the right balance of being dressed up, but still modest for the church ceremony. I accessorised with shoes in a contrasting copper colour from RiverIsland. I chose simple accessories and an up-do for my hair as I knew Ethan would be pulling at me all day so this made things so much easier!
Tip – For yourself, avoid picking a dress which will crease easily as you’ll be holding a baby most of the day, also avoid accessories and hair dos that they will pull at! I didn’t even bother with a handbag – between a baby and a nappy bag, I just didn’t have enough arms!
Christening outfits for baby
Ethan wore a traditional gown and shawl for the ceremony – these were mine as a baby! I chose a more comfortable cream linen tuxedo from marksandspencer for the after party which looked rather dapper!
Tip – Try to get an outfit that they can wear again as separates. I didn’t even bother with shoes throughout the day as they would only get kicked off, and noone noticed!
Any questions or suggestions on how to plan and style a Christening?
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