First Communion Planning Guide
The communion reception can be a simple family party or a lavish affair but it always centers on the person or child who has taken communion for the first time.
Especially in the Catholic church, First Holy Communion is a day that means a lot to the child...and to the whole family.
First communions have become major affairs. Family, friends, and classmates of the child are all invited. Keep in mind that this is not a typical child's party. Unlike a wedding, which is primarily designed for adults, or a child's birthday party, which is geared toward children, a Communion party will no doubt have guests of all ages The celebrant should be the “star” of the party and you should make sure they, and their friends, have fun but your planning must also cater to adults as guests rather than as chaperones.
Start with invitations that grab people’s attention. The First Communion “season” is short so getting on everyone’s calendar is a challenge. Carlton Cards has a very nice invitation that is quite popular.
Decorating should be simple but “special”. Balloons appeal to all ages so they make a good centerpiece or table accent for the party. Dove Confetti is a nice, and very appropriate touch. If you are having an “open house” affair, plastic tableware will work just fine. For a more formal sit down you should pull out the china. A nice touch, especially appreciated by a 7 or 8 year old, is a personalized banner. My favorite is the Christian faith banner, but pick the one that reflects the character of the child.
If you are having the reception at a banquet hall, be sure to include activities for the children, especially during cocktail hour. Face painting is always very popular. You can do a theme party for the event. See our kid’s birthday parties for plenty of ideas. I tend to stay away from theme party idea for First Communion party and focus on the child. Create a life-size cutout or a caricature for the event and then your “theme” can be the child. Contact Beth, The Custom Queen for ideas.
Remember though, much like that of a wedding, First Communion is a religious ceremony and the significance of this day is what counts. So, whether you choose to do something intimate or extravagant, plan it with your child in mind, and it will be a special day that you and your child will remember always.
With so many people of so many ages attending it’s difficult to pick the perfect party favor. Difficult but not impossible! Candy always works so give out our First Communion candy bar wrappers for a much enjoyed party favor with the personal touch.
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