According to Christian tradition, baptism symbolizes the infant being received into the loving care of the church. When giving a baptism party, decorations should reflect the happiness of the occasion. The color scheme, theme and detail should honor religious tradition and put the guests in the mood for an enjoyable time. Pink or blue is fine, but unleashing your creativity can turn your traditional baptism party into an unforgettable event.
Decorate for a Baptism Party
Choose a theme. You can go with religious elements, such as Christ as the King and the child as a "prince" or "princess" in his kingdom, or you can choose a secular theme like clowns or wizards.
Work out a color scheme. If it is based on pink or blue, consider using different shades, textures and patterns for variety. You can also use the liturgical color of the season--red, green, white, purple (lavender) or gold. The Party Theme Shop Web site has a range of colors and themes you can use for a baptism (see Resources below).
Use the color grids at your local home improvement store to see a range of colors in the same "family." You needn't automatically take the whole set. Look around at a lot of combinations and mix and match.
Keep in mind your budget and your space as you decorate. Don't try to cram too much into a small space or leave a large room looking sparse.
Buy and assemble your supplies. Allow enough time to put the decorations up. If you are renting a venue, this time must be included in the hours for which you reserve the room.
Tips & Warnings
- Don't go it alone. Enlist the help of family, friends and church members to choose and assemble decorations and to put them up. If you are holding the event at a church, ask if there is a committee in charge of hospitality that might be able to help you decorate.
- You may have to adjust your plans for lack of availability or funds, or simply because something didn't "work." Don't panic! If you are unwilling to "go with the flow," you may spoil the day for your guests and yourself.
- When ordering decorations off the Internet, remember to factor in the price of shipping and handling in your final cost. Those bargain-basement discounts you're getting from an online retailer may end up costing more than you think.
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