The stork has arrived, bringing your eagerly awaited bundle of joy. Of course, close friends and family are rather excited to meet them. Once the first hectic weeks are out of the way and if you have the energy, you may want to host a Baby Naming or Christening party to introduce your newest family member.
To celebrate your new arrival, you might be considering a religious ceremony, a naming ceremony, or simply to invite a few friends and relatives to a ‘Welcome to the World’ party. Depending on your energy levels after all those sleepless nights, only take on what you can manage. An hour, two hours max, is all you’ll need for a party and you can fit this into any routine you might have established. A weekend tea party is ideal as well-wishers can come and go. It also provides a great excuse for cake!
Keep the tea party guest list short and to save you all the work, why not ask a few guests to bring a plate of sandwiches or a cake, for a ‘pot-luck’ affair? If you are having a christening service and are hosting a slightly larger gathering afterwards, close relatives as well as the baby’s godparents might want to help you organise the celebration. Serve teatime treats on pretty baby party-ware, either pink or blue depending on the gender of the baby, or if you prefer a more netural design such as Little One with its gorgeous elephant motif will be perfect.
Decorate the party with a few helium christening balloons attached to pastel weights – kids can take them home afterwards – and hang a banner over the party table, a personalised banner adds a lovely touch . Cover the table and scatter it with party confetti, adding pretty pails of baby sweets, blue or pink gingham stands of cakes and sandwiches and plates of cookies. Ice fairy cakes in pink for a girl or blue for a boy, or top them with cream cheese and either strawberries or blueberries. Whilst most adult guests might want to toast the baby’s arrival with a glass of bubbly, provide some interesting soft options, as well as a pot of tea.
If there are children coming to the party, give them each a party bag or box full of goodies as they arrive, to keep them amused during the afternoon. These could include a colouring book or craft activity, stickers, bubbles and a cupcake; tell them these come especially from the new-born. Alternatively, set out a table with a teddy-bear cookie for each child which they can have fun decorating. A mini baby carriage piñata also works well as a baby-specific party activity.
To help you remember the occasion, make sure someone is taking photographs to record the proceedings. In addition, you might leave out a guest book so that everyone who shared the day can leave a message for the baby. Once you have printed the photographs, you can add them, plus any cards and letters to make this a very special memento.