When preparing for a christening, two aspects of the event warrant strong consideration: the ceremony and the reception that happens next. We emphasize both because, in each case, you will need to not only have an appropriate venue but also ensure that it is suitably decorated.
When buying decorations for a christening, there are various factors which we would recommend you closely considering. Here are some ideas for helping to make the day pleasingly memorable.
Have you chosen the venue for the christening?
Whereas the ceremony will see someone welcomed into a faith community, the reception will involve members of the just-christened child’s family and friendship circle conversing and sharing a meal. Of course, a major part of the reception is also extending good wishes to the child.
If you are yet to book the venue for both the ceremony and reception of the christening, you should make sure that the venue you ultimately select meets the right criteria. For example, if the family of the child to be christened reside in County Durham, you could consider function rooms in Chester.
Chester-le-Street Cricket Club includes the function room Turnbull Lounge. As it can accommodate as many as 60 people at each function, it is especially suitable for christening ceremonies.
Put together an appealing backdrop for the ceremony
A good start to styling the venue is deciding on a particular color palette. Jenna Hodgson-Silke, in an article on The Lifestyle, is Calling site, has recalled following this strategy for the christening of her own baby, Ethan. She notes that it eases the styling process “as you can instantly refine your choices based on their fit with the palette”, adding that “we chose dark and light teal, white and coral.”
Then, you can think about the decorations – which, if you follow Jenna’s examples, could include confetti-filled balloons and paper fans. She remarks that the room for the ceremony was also decorated with bunting she made herself using photos of the baby.
She says that you can make low-cost bunting by “hanging photos of your little one to twine with miniature wooden pegs.” As for paper fans, she says that these “have more impact in groups of three – try putting a small, medium and large fan in different colors together in a cluster.”
How to help the reception get a good reception
Once your attention is on the reception, heed SFGate‘s advice to “choose decorations that convey the simple beauty of the occasion.” The site continues by calling white “the color of the day”, noting that it can create a fresh and light atmosphere when paired with pastel accents.
Therefore, white tablecloths make good coverings for guest tables. To those tablecloths, you could add daisies, lilies or white roses forming floral centerpieces. The christening cake and gifts should be displayed on particular tables, on which you could benefit from layering pastel tulle for a frothy look.
Additionally, battery-powered twinkle lights can provide a soft glow while limiting the fire hazard that, otherwise, lighted candles could pose.
Author: Molly McDonald