Two week's ago my baby boy Jacob was christened and we had a wonderful day with all of are family celebrating his special day with around 100 guests. A lot of people think that to get your child christened you need to attend church or that it will cost a lot of money and take a lot of organising , but it really does not at all. So i thought that i would do a quick guide on how we organised Jacobs day . This was the second time we had organised a christening in just over a year as we had Sophia christened in September 2013.
1.) The first thing to organise is the church. You do not have to attend church to get your child christened, all three of my children were christened in different churches and i have never attended church before. We just rang up a local church and asked about booking a christening , they then asked some details over the phone and booked in a date for us. We were asked if we wanted the minister to come out or if we wanted to do everything over the phone, the minister came to visit us at home and just asked about godparents and it was just an informal chat and she was absolutely lovely. You do not need to pay for a christening service either they are free of charge , however they do have donation boxes in the church for you and your guests to leave some change in if you wish which we did.
2.) Book a venue for afterwards. Every christening i have been to there has been some kind of celebration afterwards with my oldest i just had it in my mums house but as both myself and Lee have big extended family's we booked a function room for Sophia and Jacobs christening. We just booked a function room in the local social club as it was close to the church and it allowed children in. We just had to pay a £25 deposit for the room and we had are own room with a bar and two bar staff.
3.) Food. If you are having a party then you are going to need food , we were going to book a caterer for the day but Lee works for a well known bakery and gets a discount so we got a lot of the food like cupcakes etc from his work. My dad also made some pies and Lee's grandma made quiches and we just brought ready made party foods. So it was quick and easy and it worked out cheaper then having a caterer.
4.) Christening cake. We wanted a cake and i can not bake at all so we ordered a one from a local cake maker where we also got Sophia's birthday cake from. We opted for a two tier blue and white cake with a train on as the christening invites we had also had a train on. It was a vanilla sponge and and it was delicious, much better then shop brought cake.
5.) Godparents. Jacob has four godparents , Chloe has three and Sophia has six. You can have as many godparents as you want . With Jacob we had Lee's brother, my dads partners daughter , Lee's cousin and Chloe's old childminder who is also a good family friend. We wanted godparents who we knew well and who we knew would like being a godparent so that is why we had family and close friends.
6.) Baby's outfit. All eyes will be on the baby , i know it is traditional to put baby's in christening gowns but Jacob is a little boy and i did not really want him in a frock. So his grandma brought him a little suit its a little pair of trousers with a white shirt and cream tie and waistcoat and little cream socks. He looked adorable in his little outfit and he was comfortable in it too. He also had a christening shawl which was his sisters and his great grandma brought him a special christening bib to match his outfit. The minister told us you can put them in any outfit you want and she sees baby's in traditional long gowns and smart outfits to baby grows.
7.) Guest list. We had around 100 guests as we both have big family's my mum was one of eight and my dad was one of five and Lee also has a big family too. We invited both of are family's and we also invited some close friends and we let Chloe invite some of her school friends too. The church was full with no spare seats and so was the room afterwards. I think christenings are lovely for spending time with all your family and friends celebrating your child's special day. We ordered personalised invites with little trains on and sent them to everyone a few weeks before the big day.
8.) Entertainment/ Decoration. I have been to christenings where there have been discos and where there have been children entertainers. But we did not book any entrainment as there was a juke box in the room we booked for music and most of the children at the christening were too young for entertainment and were happy just toddling around. We did have a sweet table though with lots of jars filled with sweets and little blue paper bags to put the sweets in. We also brought some decorations but we did not go overboard we just had a few blue christening banners and some blue christening balloons.
9.) Mum and dads outfits. We brought the girls new dresses and shoes for the christening weeks in advance but me and Lee typically left are outfits to the last minute with Lee buying his shirt and tie from Next the day before the christening. I ordered my dress online from New Look and hated it as it was shorter then i thought it would be so i would recommend getting mum and dads outfits in really early so you have a outfit you are happy with.
10.) Take photos and enjoy the day! I took my camera with me for photos but i totally forgot i had it and only took a few photos on it, i did have my iphone though and took quiet a few photos on there but my iphone has died, something to do with the graphic chip ( i have no idea what that is) and now i have lost all my photos and all Jacobs baby photos and i could cry that i have lost them all. So i would recommend taken loads of photos and getting them printed off ASAP. Also enjoy the day as it is so nice to spend the day with family and friends.
So that is how we organised Jacobs christening it was really easy to organise , was not to expensive and we had a great day celebrating are little boys big day with all are family and friends. Look out for a blog post about his big day soon.