With last year’s Holy Communion ceremonies being put on hold or done digitally, it is understandable that this year they will be an even more momentous occasion for young girls. A day to celebrate how wonderful and special she is and also introduce her to a family tradition that she will then pass down to her own daughters one day.
Most families will choose to throw a Holy Communion party and what better way to celebrate her than with those that she loves dearest around her. As soon as you have your local church’s Holy Communion start date, it is good to get planning as early as possible. As restrictions are lifted, distant family will be sure to want to enjoy this day with you.
Think about where you want your celebrations to be held, a local event space? Be aware that these places may get filled up quickly. If you want to hold a smaller gathering and have the space, why not think about doing it in the comfort of your own home, with Holy Communions likely to be held after lockdown lifts, we will be in the middle of summer and everybody loves a garden party. Although with British weather it might be worth hiring a marquee just in case we are graced with a sprinkling of rain on the day.
Wherever you decide to hold it here are a few things to remember:
Number of guests
How many people can your event space hold? With everything that has happened over the past year you don’t want the event to be overcrowded and should consider a space where the children can let loose and parents can relax.
Whether you’re decorating your back garden or a hall, decorations can really brighten up any area and make the event feel more fun. Think about garlands, flowers and balloons to fill up any large spaces. How would you like the tables to be decorated? Will you have a theme?
To avoid disappointment for those that may not be able to make it, make sure you get these out early so that it gives everyone plenty of notice. You can purchase ready made Holy Communion invitations with gold foiling and embossing or if you’re the crafty type why not head down to your local Hobby Craft and get the kids involved. A little bit of glitter and glue goes a long way and will be something the grandparents can treasure.
After the ceremony, it’s time to think about food. Will you be catering the party yourself? Perhaps cooking up a storm in the kitchen the night before with finger sandwiches and teacakes in the dozens piled up high, or maybe you would like to hire a catering company to take care of this for you. Will it be a buffet style lunch or will you be having a sit down meal? It is common to have a special Holy Communion cake that will become the ultimate centerpiece for any space, again these things will need to be planned and ordered well in advance.
As this day is all about the children it makes sense to hire some entertainment that will keep them out of trouble for a couple of hours. If the weather is nice, think about large outdoor games such as quoits or skittles that will keep them entertained without ruining their clothes. A bouncy castle is always a winner at any children’s event or think about hiring a magician who specialises in children’s magic.
You will be sure to want to have a keepsake from this special day and although everyone has a smartphone, why not think about hiring a professional photographer to capture this momentous occasion. This will also be more respectful in the church and can then join the after party and capture the guests enjoying themselves throughout the day. Some people prefer to have a Holy Communion portrait shoot for a more studio-like image showcasing her in her Holy Communion dress that they can then give to guests at a token of the day.
Holy Communion Party Favours
Make sure that everyone invited has a little piece of the day to take away with them. Party favours can range from sweet treats to something a little more long lasting such as candles, religious cross keyrings or even dainty wrist wear are popular choices.
Whatever you decide to do, remember that it is a special day for you too so having fun is the key to having a successful first Holy Communion.
Molly Brown London has a range of beautiful Holy Communion jewellery gift ideas that are perfect for her on this momentous occasion. From personalised pieces to classic pearls and crosses. If you’re looking for keepsake gifts for kids, tweens and teens that mark other special moments shared with family, check out the range of children’s jewellery that she will treasure forever.