First Holy Communion can be an expensive day, especially if you have a large family. Why not host the party at home? Here are the Mykidstime.ie Top Ten Tips for hosting your Communion Party at home.
First Holy Communion is a great celebration for your child, it only happens once and will always be remembered. The church ceremony is usually reserved for immediate family, grandparents and godparents. After the ceremony, a First Holy Communion party at home is a great way to include your extended family and friends in this special day.
#1 Arrival Time
You will want to take pictures after the ceremony, and your child will want to spend some time with their friends, either at the church or at your school, so make sure you don’t invite guests to arrive too early.
#2 The Food
Get Caterers for your main dish – ask friends for recommendations and book early. If you are a great cook and want to cater yourself keep it simple.
Ask for help and do as much as you can before the day. You could ask family or friends to bring desserts/salads. Don’t be afraid to ask if one of them would come to the house while you are at the church to help get the food set up, as you will have your hands full getting yourself and your child ready on the morning.
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Hire glasses, crockery and cutlery from your caterer or a local supplier. Paper plates and plastic cutlery are great for kids and cuts down on the washing up!
#4 BackUp Plans for Irish Weather!
It may be the Summer, but the weather is not always nice! If you are relying on the Irish weather make sure you have a Gazebo or covered area for people, if they will not all fit comfortably in your house.
Have games for children of all ages. Many people hire a bouncy castle or slide, again book these early as communion days are very busy.
See if you can get an all weather inflatable, to be prepared for the irish weather. Ask friends or family to recommend a good supplier.
Also good, are games like Twister, Giant Jenga, Giant Snakes and Ladders, Giant Connect 4 which are all available to hire or buy.
#6 Keeping a record of the day
Have some disposable cameras – Children and adults will enjoy taking snaps on the day and they are a lovey memento.
Alcohol – Decide in advance whether you want to serve it or not. Don’t be afraid not to serve it, people will understand.
#8 Have some fun!
A pinata or Chocolate Fountain can be great fun and will keep the children, and adults, happy.
#9 Change of clothes
If you intend using the dress/suit or shoes for another child, have a change of clothes for the communion child.
#10 Enjoy the occasion!
Above all, enjoy the occasion – is a special day for you too as the parent! Don’t be afraid to delegate and ask for help, so that you get the time to celebrate too!
Related : Lots more ideas in our Party Section.
If you have any other tips for hosting communion parties at home let us know in the comments below