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Naming Day Ideas
Naming day ceremonies are proving popular today. Some of the reasons parents choose to hold a naming day ceremony for their child are:
- Intimate. With a church service a Christening is often conducted with more than one family in front of a congregation.
- Flexible. The location is one you can choose be it a beach, a park or in your own backyard.
- Personal. You can work with the celebrant to incorporate your own personal touches and meanings.
- It can be as formal or informal as you like.
I have friends who held naming days for their children in their backyard, at a parents house, and down at the botanic gardens. Once you have selected the date for the naming day you can then jump onto Australia’s #1 Party Shop and start putting the event together and with the help from the Pink Frosting team, your event will come together perfectly. From invitations to party decorations, it is all at your fingertips. They have the cutest designs and products and you can add your own personal touches to their products. The hardest part will be deciding on what you want! Outdoor ceremonies seem to be a popular choice with families, under the shade of a big tree or a canopy is set up. You could incorporate a unity candle or sand ceremony into the process. Have family members stand up and read a little blessing for the child. The celebrant will help you put your ceremony in order and as such it is important you secure your celebrant early on in the planning stages as they are very busy people, and if they are really good, could be really booked up.
With regards to the location, if you are holding it in a public area, for example the botanic gardens you will need to contact your local council as there may be rules in place for hiring the venue. You may have to pay a fee, and they may also stipulate that decorations, chairs, tables and shading (tent/canopy) are not allowed as they damage the grounds. They may also not allow catering on site, should you be also using the grounds for the light reception following the ceremony. If that is the case you could use picnic blankets for your guests or look for another venue. Like with anything outdoors, keep a wet weather plan in the background. There is this little guy getting around called Murphy’s Law and if you are not careful he could just very well turn up and change the game plan!
Along with making sure your celebrant and venue is booked in, start sourcing out a photographer. Don’t take the first business you contact, always call in to others so you get the best deal. Then once you have found the photographer you can work out the photo staging and times. Naming Days are made up of the ceremony followed by a reception. Like Christenings, the reception is a lighter occasion often a morning or afternoon tea. You don’t have to put on a great big buffet or a sit down meal. Remember it is about the children and if you have a few children present, then keeping things fun and easy will be better overall. Set out to provide the guests with light refreshments – cordial, soft drinks and a bottle of champagne to toast the child. Set up a candy bar with these cute flip top personalised candy jars from Pink Frosting. Catering wise, stick to finger food but plenty of it. If you are whiz in the kitchen and are brave enough to take it on then you could set about catering for the party on your own or if time and skills are an issue, book in to meet with catering companies to see what they can do for you and your guests. Some things you may want to have on your menu ham and corn quiches, spring rolls, mini home-made pizzas, cups of popcorn, mini salad rolls and burgers (also called sliders), corn chips and home-made salsa dip – food that appeals to the young and old. You can also organise a cake, or cupcakes set up on display OR you could try your hand at making ice-cream cone cakes (little cakes set in little ice cream cones).
On your invitations you can request gifts from a registry or set up a donation in your child’s name. As for gifts for the guests, send them home with a little box of candy and a photo frame with a picture of your child in it or your child’s hand and foot print on paper and rolled up into a scroll and tucked in the gift bag. Remember to also put together the thank you cards in advance so you are not spending your time afterwards having to write out all the cards. By getting it organised early you can send them out the day after the event.
By getting everything organised early and with the help of Australia’s #1 Party Shop you will be able to spend the day being a part of your child’s special moment and share in the love with all your family and friends.
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