Planning a First Holy Communion Party
Believe it or not, Communion season will be here before we know it! While the religious significance is the most important part of the day, some families like to further celebrate this special day with a party of family get-together. The First Communion season is short, so planning is essential. Here are a few SoGAL tips to help you plan this very special day:
- Consult with your church to find out when the First Holy Communion Ceremony will take place.
- Confirm the date with the important people in your child’s life: Grandparents, God Parents, favorite Aunts and Uncles, Cousins, etc. as soon as possible.
- Decide if you want to hold the celebration on the same day as the ceremony, often immediately following the ceremony or if it will be at a later date.
- Set your budget! This is key. Your budget will now guide the rest of your decisions as far as where to have the party and who you will invite.
- Decide on the guest list and size of the celebration.
- Once you have selected the budget and guest list, now you can determine WHERE the party will take place. Will you have it at home or at a restaurant, banquet hall? Perhaps the church has a room or your local club has event space. If you plan to have a reception somewhere other than at home, place your reservation as soon as possible. First Holy Communion Ceremonies generally take place around the same time at all churches so restaurants and halls can book up quickly. If you are having a communion reception at your home, consider the following:
- Will the celebration take place indoors or out (make allowances for bad weather.)
- Will you have food catered? If so, reserve the date with the caterer and a time to look over their selections and to place your order.
- Will you need to rent tables, linens, chairs? If so, make arrangements as soon as possible.
- Who will get back to the house first to get things set up before guests begin to arrive.
- Will you plan a casual buffet with finger foods and snacks, or a more formal dinner?
- If you would like the services of musicians, and entertainers, or wait staff help, book them as soon as possible.
- Once your date, time and reception location have been confirmed, decide on the color theme and overall feel to order invitations and plan for decorations. This will really help you stick to a budget and game plan.
- For more formal affairs invitations should be sent at least 6-8 weeks ahead and for more casual affairs you should leave at least 3-4 weeks.
- Decide who will take the photos. Will you designate a family member of friend or hire a professional?
- If you are going to have a lot of little ones at the celebration and you don’t have a lot of play space, I suggest planning a children’s table. I like to set the table with a couple of easy (mess free) arts and crafts activities, coloring books and crayons , puzzles, etc.
- Will you have centerpieces? If so, will you make them yourself or hire someone? You can keep it very simple with a photo of your child, a small flower arrangement, or even a functional, yet beautiful edible centerpiece.
- Consult So Good At Life’s Complete Party Planning checklist for a more detailed approach to planning your event.
- At least a day before the communion, make sure you have charged your video camera battery if you are using one and have checked your still camera batteries or digital camera/cell phone memory available. Make sure you have plenty of video tape and film.
Most of all, enjoy this special day with your child, friends, and family!