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!
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.
#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 check list and a budget is usually the best idea. The items to consider and budget for would include:
- Number of guests – close family or for the bigger event friends, family, classmates
- Catering – buffet or sit down meal? Will you cook / get 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.
You may find our FREE Communion Checklist handy!
#2. The Food
- Get caterers for your main dish – ask friends for recommendations and book early, so you can relax and enjoy the day.
- 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.
#3. Tableware & Decorations
For a truly stress-free day, why not use disposable tableware? Communion tableware, including plates, cups and table runners saves washing up. Consider using disposable glassware, especially if the weather is nice and people head outdoors, you don’t have to worry about breakages and cuts.
And for stress-free decorating of the house, banners and balloons are the easiest option.
Tip: Buy a balloon pump to save effort on blowing them up!
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#4. Back Up Plans for Wet Weather!
It may be the 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, this has been a bit overdone in recent years, plus it encourages a total separation of kids and adults.
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.
Enjoy the party – it’s a special day for you too as the parent!
If you have any other tips for hosting communion parties at home let us know in the comments below