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Enjoy a relaxed garden party with a rustic baby blessing or baptism celebration.
Suitable for both boys and girls, this earthy theme has beautiful decoration with a calm and relaxed vibe.
Complete the look with easy burlap decorations, candles and simple flowers.The first party that you ever hold for your child is not normally their 1st birthday, but their baptism, christening or blessing.
You will quite often hear that the first birthday is more for the parents than it is for the child. This is certainly true for their baptism.
We decided not to have our kids baptized because we wanted them to be able to make their own choice about it when they are older. However, we still wanted to have them formally welcomed into the life of our church.
We decided to have a blessing and a light lunch back at our home with a few close friends and family.
When choosing the décor for the party, I knew that I wanted something fresh and earthy. A rustic baby blessing celebration fitted beautifully.
Rustic Party Decorations
The entire rustic party décor started when I spotted two wooden candle holders in my local Spotlight.
I loved them instantly and knew that they would make beautiful statement pieces.
Everything else fell together around those candles!
I wanted to have a table backdrop, but it needed to be super simple. I didn’t have a lot of time with a young baby and preschooler, so being easy was crucial.
Honeycomb tissue paper fans are a fantastic way of providing a heap of color, yet they are incredibly inexpensive and really easy to use. I fixed the fans to a strip of crepe paper streamer and they hung perfectly.
I must admit that I would have preferred to set up the backdrop the day before the party. However, it was mid winter and the damp would have made all the tissue paper go completely limb. Not a good look!
Instead I had everything measured, so on the morning all I had to do was hang each strip in place. If however you are having a party inside it would be easy to prepare the day before.
Another easy backdrop idea is to use plastic tablecloth’s, but I preferred the look of the tissue paper for the rustic element.
It is very easy to put together some rustic party decorations, by simply using white or cream as a base tablecloth, burlap, lace, chalkboard and some flowers.
I used a gorgeous burlap lace table runner which brought all the elements together beautifully.
Placing a few simple small wooden crates also helps to add some dimension to the table and bring in that rustic element.
We already have wine barrels in our garden, so I moved those next to the food table to use as part of the decoration.
Whilst it would have been nice to have real flowers, I knew I would be struggling on time to find some that I liked.
The next best alternative was to use fake flowers, and I was thrilled with this find. They may not be as good as real flowers, but with the time and the budget that I was working with, they were perfect.
I also wanted something that my son could keep after his blessing. Writing bears are perfect for this purpose.
I invited all our guests to sign the bear with a simple message for him. This will be a beautiful keepsake for him when he is older.
My daughter who is now 5 absolutely loves her bear. It will be really special when they can sit and read the messages themselves.
An Easy Light Party Menu
As we were at the church directly before the lunch, I had very little time to set everything up. Everything needed to be as easy as possible to prepare.
The decorations were laid out before church and the food was plated to simply place on the table when we arrived home.
To make life even easier, ALL the food was purchased.
I normally like to make my own party food, but again time was a big factor. Purchasing Sushi and sandwich platters from Costco helped to make things a whole lot easier.
I also purchased some mini cakes and cookies from a local bakery. These were again pre-plated and ready to simply lay on the table after church.
The one thing that we did splash out on was the cake by Heidleburg’s.
We used Heidleburg’s for our wedding and also my daughter’s blessing, so it was rather special for us. But hey, it doesn’t hurt to splash out every now and then, and the cakes always taste absolutely amazing.
I took along some burlap to coordinate with my theme and the end result was simple yet stunning.
A Blessing, Baptism or Christening is a special time for parents to celebrate the gift of a new baby with friends and family.
This gathering had such a relaxed feel to it. It was the perfect way for us all to get together and celebrate our new son.
As for the little man himself, he was just happy to receive lots of cuddles!
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