Are you planning a Communion party? Here are tips for planning a stress-free Communion party at home, and some thoughts and ideas that will make planning your party just that little bit easier!
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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 – but 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.
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#1. Start Party Planning Early
As soon as you have your date, you should start your planning, particularly if there are a lot of children making First Holy Communion on the same day in your area. If you decide to use outside caterers, then these will need to be booked well in advance. A checklist and a budget is usually the best idea – you may find our FREE communion party checklist handy!
The items to consider and budget for would include:
- Number of guests – close family or a bigger event with friends, family and classmates?
- Catering – buffet or sit down meal? Will you cook or get the communion party catered?
- Entertainment and activities
- Communion party favours
Budgeting is key to all the above decisions. Putting yourself under financial pressure is not necessary when the objective is giving your child and family a day to remember.
Don’t forget this is an event that must cater for all ages and everyone should have a day to enjoy and remember.
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#2. The Food
Once you have a guest list and know how many people you’re catering for, you can start to think about the food. If you are getting caterers or buying in the food, ask friends for recommendations and book early, so you can relax and enjoy the day.
If you are a confident cook and want to cater the event 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 during the morning.
A focus point for many at-home communion parties has become the cake, so check out our selection of easy communion cake ideas to inspire your choice.
#3. Tableware & Decorations
Communion tableware, including plates, cups and cutlery save on washing up, or you could look to hire crockery and glassware from a catering supplier.
Balloons and banners are the easiest option for Communion party decorations.
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#4. Back Up Plans for Wet Weather!
It may be the start of summer, but the weather is not always nice! It might be an idea to have a Gazebo or covered area for people, if they will not all fit comfortably in your house, just in case the weather turns bad.
The usual option for activities at a communion party is a bouncy castle, however you may have space restrictions or find that bouncy castles are all booked up in your area. It also encourages a total separation of kids and adults, so you may find that garden games are a good alternative option. Toss a can, japlonk, pick-up sticks, lawn darts, compendium of games, giant Jenga, snakes and ladders, and more.
This allows children and adults to have fun together and helps to create some great memories.
#6. Have Some Fun!
A pinata can be great fun and will keep the children (and adults!) happy. You can find a lovely range of pinatas at Pinataspinatas.com.
Remember, this is a special day for you too, so make sure you keep things simple so you can enjoy the party!
What do you have planned for your Communion party at home? Leave a comment below and let us know – we’d love to hear from you!