Post # 1
We have scheduled for our baby to be baptised at our large Presbyterian church in March. The baptism ceremonies there are fairly impersonal and are held as a group during the usual church service. They usually baptise about 10 babies per ceremony, and each baby goes up in its parents arms, is baptised, and then everyone sits back down. I don’t believe the church hosts any sort of reception afterward, so it is up to each family to plan their own receptions.
We are thinking ahead and trying to figure out how to host a baptism reception. Neither of us have ever been to one since we are the youngest in our families. Reading online I am getting rather overwhelmed. What is a baptism reception usually like? Where is it held and who is invited? Are there games or traditions that should be included like at a shower? Help!
Post # 3
Uh, I’m pretty sure it’s just a casual family and/or friends gathering afterwards, if you even choose to do a reception. Maybe do a potluck lunch at your house…
Post # 4
Baptism receptions are very common in my culture and I’ve been to dozens. Usually they’re well-planned affairs.
The parents are supposed to provide a full meal, usually lunch instead of dinner so it’s more casual than a wedding, but they do book a reception hall or a restaurant for this. Invitations are sent out and people do show up in formal wear, not like a wedding maybe just cocktail dresses, etc. As far as decor is concerned, lately I’ve been seeing lots of balloons as centerpieces.
Post # 5
usually a cake, finger foods or potluck. Close family/friends or whoever came for your particular baby 🙂 Usually, it’s really low key. Just think, “Family/friend get-together” and then throw in a cake 😉
Post # 6
For our daughter’s baptism a few weeks ago, we had a lunch reception at a restaurant afterwards. It was just immediate family at the baptism, so we booked a table at a local restaurant and paid for lunch. Everything else was really casual. We had some flowers on the table, but no other decorations, and we had a cake for dessert.
I definitely have never seen a “formal” baptism reception. Most everything I’ve seen has been pretty casual, sometimes even just an open house at the parents’ house after the baptism. Especially if receptions are not very common among your family/friends, I would keep it simple.
Post # 7
Ours always involved lots of food. Think multicourse Italian dinner served at 3 in the afternoon… but I think that’s specific to my Italian heritage 🙂 Extended family and important friends would be present.
Post # 8
We ended up having a full Hawaiian luau including Kalua Pork and Lomi Lomi. But I’m part Hawaiian and my brother graciously hosted for me. It was very casual, the invites were on Facebook. I think you can make it as formal or informal as you like. But I’m from Colorado, not Chicago, so maybe it’s a bigger deal there? (Especially with the large Italian and Greek populations?)
Post # 9
I’ve been to a few lately. Usually family and close friends are invited – lunch is served at the baby’s parents house or at a restaurant. Some people plan elaborate parties. My SIL is super laid back and we had sandwiches and that was just fine.
Don’t be overwhelmed. Think, if you were inviting people over for lunch after church, what would you serve?
Post # 10
ALl the one’s I’ve been to have been really relaxed too. Just family and friends over for lunch (sandwiches or bbq or something else fairly simple) and cake.
Post # 11
im currently planning our sons hes our first born as well and it will be a month after im due…and in my family they are huge..dj or band, lots of food and drinks…needless to say my sons reception will be bigger than our wedding