How to Throw A Baby Christening and Naming Day Party On A Budget
Baby Christening is one of the most important events in an infant’s life, and of course, in the life of new parents. However, while it’s an extraordinary occasion that the entire family should celebrate, it doesn’t have to be too elaborate or expensive. With a little bit of creativity, you can mark your baby’s birth on a budget yet still in style.
It’s Not About Money
It may sound cliche, but really, your child’s Naming Day isn’t about how grand the party is. It’s a celebration of life, and your guests will understand if you want to keep things simple and not too elaborate. Your friends and family might suggest some things, and they may even have some grand ideas, but the last word should belong to you and your partner. Do things the way you want to do it – simple yet fun and memorable.
Spending much on invites is tempting. After all, the invitation is what sets the mood of the party and the expectations of the guests. However, you can achieve all that even if you skip the message in the bottle invitation or some other similar types that cost much time and money. If you want to keep things simple and cost-effective, opt for a digital invitation instead. Most of your friends and relatives are probably on Facebook already. Create an event page, add all the people you’d want to invite to the party, and post your digital invitation there. In creating the invite, all you need is your baby’s picture along with his name and age underneath, plus some of the details such as the date, time, and venue of the event.
Party At Home
Speaking of venue, there’s no cheaper way to celebrate than in your own home. You can have the ceremony in your church, and then you invite the guests to head straight to your home for the reception. If your religious belief allows it, you can have both the ceremony and the reception at home. Just make sure you can provide enough parking area for your guests and more than enough space where the children can play. If you feel that your place is not big enough to accommodate all your guests, perhaps you can ask a close relative who has a bigger place to host the party instead. You’ll still do all the work and provide the party decors, food, and drinks, of course, but at least you won’t have to worry about limited space.
Food At A Minimum
When we think of parties and special celebrations, we always have this idea that there should be plenty of food and drinks. Again, while these things are important, they shouldn’t be the highlight of your celebration. If you want a Christening or Naming Day on a budget, don’t invite your guests for lunch or dinner. Instead, ask them to “Come for some coffee or tea and some cake afterward.” The ideal time of the day for this would be 2 to 3 in the afternoon. Believe it or not, this is entirely okay and acceptable. Now, if you prefer the party to be over lunch or dinner, you can still save a lot of money. If your parents or parents-in-law asks what would you like as their christening gifts, tell them straight away that you’d appreciate it if they could help with the food preparation. They’d be more than proud to sponsor some or even all of the expenses for the food and the cake!
Great Outfit On A Budget
A Christening ceremony does require something special, but that doesn’t mean you should spend a fortune on something your little one will never wear again. If you know where to look, you can buy something new that’s lovely but won’t break the bank. You can also ask around among your friends and relatives. Perhaps they have some hidden treasure that they can lend or even give to you as a gift. Online party stores also sell a wide range of Christening clothes and accessories. Again, keep in mind that you don’t need to go extravagant on this one. It’s an outfit your child is going to wear for a few hours, so something inexpensive yet presentable should do.