Christenings - 5 easy reception details

Here are a few details that you can easily and quickly put into place to make your guest reception a little bit special (and affordable too!).

Having attended more Christenings and Baptisms this year than anything else I have noticed that brides are putting the research they used for their weddings to good use, quickly sourcing bespoke details for their babies' celebrations. Essentially they have taken key features from their weddings, or weddings they have admired recently, and decreased them in size to fit the number of guests and the star of the show!

1. Obviously these are naming ceremonies so personalisation opportunities are rife. How far this goes really depends on the venue and party size, but one of the most effective ways of adding some glamour is through the use of letter lights. The initials we saw came from Fenwick, but they are pretty easy to get hold of now, and if you choose the right size these can move into baby's room as home decor afterwards.
*on a separate note, as a guest racking their brains for meaningful gifts for these lovely babies I have found engraving silver gifts is a pleasing echo of this theme, and ends up in lovely keepsakes for the future*

2. Centrepieces need not be expensive or time consuming. Clear jars can be bought or cleaned up (if you have the time and inclination), accessorised with pastel ribbon and filled with flowers to match your colour scheme. One or two bouquets from a local florist will easily spread across enough jars for a centrepiece on each table.

3. The cupcake 'cake' in miniature. Years ago these ladies had cake stands full of delicious cupcakes for their wedding guests. Now they have mini cupcakes for their christening guests (and array of toddlers in attendance). Dainty, yummy and easy to manage whilst holding a glass of prosecco ...what's not to like about that?

4. Making use of vintage style bunting and fairy lighting that is now widely available immediately makes any area feel more celebratory. Whether guests are in a family home, garden or gastropub this immediately makes the space feel special.

5. And one other thing that says party as much as jelly and ice cream... helium balloons. Pearlised pink/gold or blue/silver and white help create the atmosphere as people walk in, and keep children entertained later on too.

Do you have any handy tips, or good suppliers to share? Post a comment and let us know!

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