Article by Sue McGrath
Having your child’s first Holy Communion? This not only calls for a celebration but also signifies the rite to passage in the body of the church. In other words, it emphasizes the fact that your child is old enough to take active part in the church services. Kids love their first communion since they get to dress in elegant white gowns topped with their first communion jewelery, whereas the boys get to look handsome in their cute suits.
Now the planning of such occasions requires a lot of preparations, like deciding the venue, time, how many guests need to be invited etc. Invitations also need to be sent out well in advance. If you have no idea how the first communion invitations are to be made, then you can even take the assistance of online party stores. If you plan on creating one, this too can be done by adding graphics and photos to the invitations
Now, depending on your budget and the list of guests, your venue can be selected. Some people may prefer lavish parties arranged at hotels or rent houses, whereas some would prefer in their homes or backyards. You might also want to add a feel to the party by decorating the venue with bright and vibrant colors.
In order to give your party a rich and vibrant look, you can decorate the hall or venue with bright red balloons tied in bunches and hung from the ceiling or at the chairs of the guests. There are many online first party supplies store that offer floral accents along with rose and ivy bud garlands as dcor to be placed the entrance of the venue. Personalized banners can also be added welcoming the guests to your child’s first communion party.
No party is complete without food and beverages. You might want to consider having a buffet service where guests can have their fill. The guest tables can be decorated with white table cloths with candleholders or a standing rose bouquet. Since this is your child’s special day, you might need to order a cake. You can either opt for a Rosary cake, Communion bread cake or a Communion Cup cake.
Guests can be thanked by sending them home with first communion favors that can consist of bibles, rosaries, jars and much more. Kids can be given frosted candy boxes with baked treats, along with personalized candles. There are many stores that offer such services at affordable prices. In addition to this, you can choose from a number of items.
You might also want to give your child a special memento, so that he/she may understand the significance of this occasion. Girls can be given first communion jewelery, whereas the boys can be give medals. These are such gifts that your child will cherish throughout their lives.
The First Holy Communion is not only about parties and dresses, but is a significant event where the child realizes the sacrifices made by Christ. Every child needs to first receive baptism without which this ceremony cannot be performed. Moreover he/she is also required to make their first confession. Like the first communion invitations, gifts and other accessories can also have wordings or logo that will make it all the more special.