It’s the final day in our fun May Flower mini series. We’ve saved the best for last! Today we’re highlighting a gorgeous Communion dress that is sure to please–Miss Natalie. We hope you’ve enjoyed taking a closer look at each of these beautiful dresses as much as we have! In case you missed them, here are the other May Flower posts: Miss Amanda | Miss Lauren | Miss Kodie
All About the Miss Natalie:
This dress is all about showcasing the gorgeous details. A simple background brings your focus to the adorable floral trim. Beadwork is added for a little sparkle. What girl doesn’t love to shine? The trim runs neatly along the square neckline, the waistline, sleeves and a double layer along the hem. A wide organza sash makes a pretty bow at the back of her waist. This dress features a square neckline, cap sleeves and below the knee length. An understated ball gown silhouette is elegant, but appropriate for your little princess. We know she’ll feel so special in this shimmering dress!
A special occasion calls for a special gift. But what is considered appropriate? What will make her smile? What will make a lasting impression? Today we’re sharing some First Communion Gifts that are just right for that special girl’s big day. Whether you’re her parent, Godparent or a special friend, these gifts are appropriate and heart-felt.
First Communion Gifts from Godparents: As her Godparent, you hold a special role in that little girl’s eyes. Just as you have been, you’ll be there for her through the rough times and the good times. The role of Godparent is a sacred calling. You’re one of her religious role models. Therefore, a religious gift would be appropriate form you. Many Godparents co-ordinate with the parents to get her all the religious things she’ll need or like to have. So, what’s the perfect gift from you? Here are a few options:
First Communion Gifts from Parents: As her parents, you probably know exactly what your child will want or need for her First Communion. May we make a suggestion? Give her a special trinket that she’ll adore and treasure for the rest of her life. It will remind her of the importance of this special day, and of your love for her. We suggest a pretty piece of jewelry. Here are some gorgeous ones:
First Communion Gifts from Friends: As her friend, you are a major source of support in her life decisions. Depending on how close you are, you’ll want to either let her family take care of the religious gifts or co-ordinate with them. Here are a few gifts that show your support and congratulations for her special event:
Looking for a summer Communion dress for your little sunshine? Check out the Miss Amanda! Everything about this dress is sweet and summery. It’s sure to make her special day just right!
All About the Miss Amanda
Let’s talk about all that embroidery. Pretty filler details are added to the embroidered flowers, stems and leaves for an even more elaborate look. Three embroidered scallop patterns finish the bottom of the bodice and skirt. Dainty five petal flowers are perched at each scallop point. All this on a fancy organza material. Sweet, short sleeves and a below-knee length make this a wonderful summer dress. A wide sheer organza belt ties at the back, offering a tailored look. Subtle gathering at the waist and a slightly flared skirt are just right for your little sweetheart.
Looking for some meaningful ways to observe the Memorial Day holiday? Here are several appropriate family activities to do on Memorial Day.
-Fly a flag. What a simple way to show your family’s patriotism as well as your support and appreciation for those who serve.
-Serve a veteran. Have the kids make some patriotic artwork, bake some cookies and pay a visit to a vet that you know. In many communities, like ours, there are nursing homes dedicated to war veterans that are always happy to have visitors. If you’re lucky, your family could end up hearing some great stories straight from those who have been there.
-Serve those on active duty. Put together and send a care package to someone on active duty. Be sure to include your kids’ finest patriotic artwork! If you don’t know anyone currently serving, AnySoldier.com is a website that will let you know who or where to send your gift.
-Attend an event or monument. Check out what events will take place in your community. Many have Memorial Day parades. If not, visit a local military monument or veteran cemetery as a family. What a great opportunity to teach your children reverence and respect for those who have served.
-Watch the national Memorial Day Concert. Check your local listings and tune in for some appropriate entertainment.
-Sing some songs. Teach your children a verse or two of the Star Spangled Banner, or America the Beautiful.
-Read some books. There are some great books that will help kids understand Memorial Day a little better. Check out your local library or purchase some just for the holiday.
-Have a moment of silence. Don’t forget to honor the national moment of remembrance at 3 p.m. on Memorial Day.
-Say a special prayer. Include the loved ones of those who have given their lives protecting our rights in your prayers.
-Tweet. Tweets with #wearegrateful hashtags will be screened, printed and distributed on postcards to troops worldwide.
-Discover your military roots. Do some digging into your family history and see if you can discover a great-great Grandfather Smith who was part of World War I. Maybe an ancestor served as a nurse at Pearl Harbor. You never know what you’ll discover!
The new Iris Christening Dress is an empire waist gown fit for a goddess! It features a bodice with a modern floral embroidery pattern. The shimmery skirt gracefully sweeps her ankles. Scallop-edged cap sleeves allow for full arm range of motion. The light-weight materials are just right for warm summer weather. The bodice and skirt are fully lined with the softest of fabrics for your little muse’s comfort. We simply delight in this demure Christening gown.
Bringing to life a piece I have been dreaming up is always a beautiful day for me. This gown is just as I had imagined it and seeing it on a little one is a true delight. To make it even better, the gown is machine washable! Having children myself I know the comfort in sometimes having something you can launder yourself instead of taking into the dry cleaners because there is only so much time in the day! This gown could also work for a flower girl dress with a colorful sash added on and even for delightful family photos. Versatility is a wonderful touch with this gown, and I know you will just love one of our newest Summer Christening dresses!
After all it is Communion season, but at the same time it’s also May Flower season! So I wanted to highlight the two together by showcasing our dresses with a theme of May Flowers: Miss Lauren First Communion Dress. This is such an important time in a young girl’s life and you want her to be showcased beautifully. A dress is a great way to showcase her personality. The Miss Lauren is great for sweet girls that want something with a little flow when she walks and a pouffy skirt.
We love the simple lines we created with this dress and how the skirt is just the right amount of pouf for her to have a beautiful gown. Some events in life require a more understated gown and this one is perfect for those occasions with just a touch of flare, with another bow in the back at the belted waistline.
To order this darling First Communion dress for your little Miss’ big day, or for anything she needs a simple white dress for, go here for the Miss Lauren.
The Miss Lauren is a simple and elegant, 100% polyester taffeta A-line dress that is perfectly dress-up with out being too fussy. Featuring a dainty cap sleeve, scoop neckline and a draped bow at the waist with a flower detail perfect for May Day. With a fabric belt it helps give a feminine waist that is age appropriate. Zipper closure in back, made in the USA.
Her First Communion is a very special occasion. After all, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime event. Make her big day memorable with these First Communion traditions!
Have a special breakfast.
A good breakfast always makes the day go better! Cook up their favorite breakfast food and make a mini celebration out of it! This would be a good time to let them open their special Communion gift.
Present a special gift to them.
A little something special to send them off with will let them know you’ll be thinking of them during the ceremony. Tell them you hope the little trinket will let them know just how much you love them. We like the idea of a special piece of jewelry for a girl and a tie tack for a boy. These mementos will be cherished long after the festivities are over.
Let them dress in special clothes.
Splurge on a fancy new dress or suit. For a girl, get a veil and all the accessories. For a boy, consider an old-fashioned Communion armband. A new outfit will let them know this is a special day that means a lot to you and will mean a lot to them as well.
Invite your child’s Godparents.
Your child will appreciate the support of her Godparents on this big day!
Have a professional photo shoot.
Invest in a professional photographer to preserve the memory of this special day. You’ll never regret having a good photo taken.
Throw a First Communion Party.
Invite all her friends and family to celebrate the occasion with you! Make a special cake and serve your little sunshine’s favorite foods. Put out decorations! Make it extra special for your child by stringing a banner with their name on it. Make their First Communion day all about them!
Light their Baptism candle at dinner.
The baptism candle is traditionally lit at special occasions like a child’s First Holy Communion. Dinner time is perfect for a little candle-light!
Say a special prayer for your child at dinner.
Finish the days festivities off with a special, heartfelt prayer.
Have your child get their items blessed by the priest.
After they receive their gifts, take them to Mass with you the next Sunday and have your child request that the priest bless them.
-Tell us a little about your family and why it is special?
My little family consists of myself, and my super strong, adventurous, smart, loving 7 month old baby girl- Amel. She makes me want to only do things she can be proud of. Amel is so smart. She learns very quickly. She learned her first word at five months old! (it was “Buh-Bye”). The most special thing to me is how happy she is. She’s the smiliest baby I’ve ever known. She melts my heart.
-What do you do for work/volunteer outside of being a wife and mom?
I have a career in music as a singer/songwriter and have been writing music for myself as well as other artists such as Taylor Dayne, Chrisette Michelle, and Kenny Lattimore to name a few. My daughter has loved music since utero. I traveled and worked into my ninth month from studios in Los Angeles, New York, and Miami. She danced a lot in the last 3 months. Now that she’s here, she pretty much dances to anything that she deems musical. She’s my total focus now. She has inspired me to produce a sing-along album for children and take a break from the serious side of music for a while.
-Is there something your family does on a regular basis for quality time?
Amel loves to read or be read to. She also loves bath time. So we take our bath together, relax, and wind down for the evening. Then she gets her cream massage, into her pajamas and we choose a book to read. Once that’s done-its feeding time. Amel loves her milk! She dream-feeds to this day. I’m going to miss that bond once her teeth come in.
-How do you take time for yourself to recharge?
I either take a bubble bath with a magazine and a mug of milktea, or If we’re in New York, I’ll take a trip to Spa Castle and enjoy a mineral bath.
-What is your go to, never fail and in a pinch recipe?
Either My Shrimp Scampi with mashed potatoes, or my Kielbasa with peppers and onions with pasta. Both recipes are so quick and easy and borderline impressive in a pinch, not to mention delicious.
-What is the one product you can not live without?
I can not live without my Bulgari Au Blanc Fragrance. Its a major part of my daily ‘Armure Feminine’. My mascara, my lip balm, and my fragrance are like the ‘S’ on my chest. They make me feel invincible.