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Baptism Party Themes and Ideas

Baptisms, which are also called christenings, are more often then not a time to welcome a new baby into the family faith. Although it seems tradition that children are baptized when they are younger, there are no rules that insist only the tiny tots can partake in the ceremony. No matter at what age, one thing that’s for certain is that this important ceremony should be celebrated and celebrated in style. These party ideas and inspiration will work for almost any baptism ceremony.

Party planning can be tough for just about any occasion, but especially when the reception follows a more formal ceremony. You want the big day to feel respectable and be enjoyable all at the same time. Before the party can get started you’ll need to get the word out with some unique baptism party invitations. Invites will not only give your guests a sneak peek into what the day’s celebrations will be all about, but they also serve as a special keepsake especially when customized by you. Use your invites as a way to set the tone for the big day.

Along with setting a tone, you may want to pick a theme for your christening party early on. If you decide to choose a theme for the baptism celebration it can help make the planning process just that much easier. Between the personalized party invitations, the festive décor, the baptism themed favors and not to mention the food (arguably the most important part,) you are certainly going to have your hands full.

Get ready to be inspired, to make a statement and to plan a respectful soirée with these baptism party ideas.

Christening Party Themes

Have you thought about choosing a theme for your party? Not only will it make it easier on you when it comes to picking out uniform party supplies, but a theme will also elevate your baptism party to a level of poise that just can’t be imitated. One of the most common themes most obviously revolves around Christ. Think light hues, white crosses and angels. After hand picking the perfect theme the rest of the details will just seem to come together and before you know it, you will have thrown a perfectly pulled-together party. Take a look at some of our favorite baptism party themes for both girls and boys.

Themes for Girls

Girly party themes have us thinking about light hues, extravagant décor and glamorous favors. Pick out a color to reign supreme over her big day. Baby girl baptisms can be celebrated with soft pinks or any color that the guest of honor favors. Aside from choosing a hue or two from the color wheel, other great baptism themes for girls revolve around the religious tone of the induction. Oh and we almost forgot, animals make for great themes too.

Themes for Boys

When we start thinking about little boys’ baptism celebrations, it’s safe to say we’re dreaming of dark colors like blue and green. These are iconic boyish hues, which tend to be popular among the little tykes. Animals and cowboys are also popular themes among the young guys if you are looking for a more dynamic theme. If he is old enough, let him help decide on the perfect theme for the party (remember, you are celebrating him.)




No matter what theme you select for your baptism celebrations make sure that the guest of honor stays the center of attention throughout the party planning.

Baptism Decorations

The first question we must ask ourselves when it comes to party décor is, what would the party be without decorations? If you answered this, as did we, then the word ‘nothing’ rolled off your tongue. Allow your celebrations to come to life with these must-have decoration ideas.

Keep in mind that all of your party décor will be based on the theme you selected for the party. The most common and what we would call staple items include fun garland, a banner that reads ‘congrats,’ balloons, flower arrangements and streamers all with colors and styles that coincide with your theme. You can even DIY the party decorations to really make a statement. Baptism quotes and verses are also popular to incorporate into the décor. Create some meaningful signage to hang around the venue.

As you are picking out the decorations for the celebrations, don’t forget about a small favor to send your guests home with. A party favor serves as a token of appreciation for being a part of your special day. Seeing that a baptism is such an intimate ceremony your guest list will most likely be filled with family and very close friends. These special people deserve a little thank you. A religious votive candle, keychain and every some sweet treats are great favor ideas. Personalize your party favors even more with a custom sticker that includes the christening date along with a photo. You can thank us later for how adorable those will come out.

Baptism Party Food Ideas

If the christening takes place in the morning you can gear the food around more of a brunch theme. On the other hand, an early afternoon ceremony may be followed by finger foods and cake of course. It’s tradition for the cake to be white and décor should include the guest of honors name as well as christening date. Decorative crosses make for easy cupcake toppers or table confetti. Along with finger foods or a buffet style spread, you should also offer your guests drinks as toasts will be taking place. Your guests will want to celebrate not only the religious occasion, but health too.

Remember that party guests will follow your lead. That means if you would like a more laid back situation you can set out a buffet and let your guests eat as they please. On the other hand, a more formal approach could be a round the table dining experience. Another great tip, seeing as there will most likely be a lot of kids attending the reception, is to separate a kids table from the adults. Think no breakable items and less distraction. In the end, it’s really all up to you, the party planner extraordinaire.

Baptism party planning is no easy task, which should be taken into account when marking this special occasion. The key is to keep calm and do not panic. Take it step by step and if you keep our tips and inspiration in mind you should be well on your way to planning a fun-tastic celebration. Remember that once all is said and done you’re going to look back on this day and be happy you got to enjoy and rejoice with those near and dear to you heart.