(Closed) How do you plan a baby’s baptism reception?

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
81 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

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
674 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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
4123 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

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
6010 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

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
7082 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

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
5823 posts
Bee Keeper

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
2066 posts
Buzzing bee

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
12 posts
  • Wedding: July 2010

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
14 posts
  • Wedding: June 2011

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

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