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Guest Post: Christening Invites by Paperlust

We are so excited to have a guest post today!  Paperlust creates amazing invitations for any special event.  Check out some of their great christening invitation tips and designs below.  Enjoy!

Christening Planning Guide: Christening InvitationsChristening Invites | Christening Invitations

A christening, baptism or dedication is a joyous time for a family, celebrating and thanking God for the gift of a new baby. It makes sense to want this sort of occasion to be perfect! One of the most important things to plan is the christening invitations. They not only ensure all your guests get to the right place at the right time, but they often serve as treasured mementos for years to come. We’ve put together this guide to getting them right.

Who to invite to a christening or baptism

The baptism of a child is usually a family event, with the child’s cousins, aunts and uncles, and grandparents invited. Close friends of the family are often invited as well, especially if they are religious. It’s always a good idea to check with the church before you send out your invitations to see if there is a limit on the number of guests you can bring. If so, you might choose to limit the number of guests at the actual christening but host a big after party that everyone can attend. Just make sure to specify this on the invitation.

When to send your christening invitations

Christening invitations should be sent out 4-6 weeks in advance of the big day to give guests ample time to plan and leave the day free. The early lead-time is especially important if anyone is going to be traveling in order to attend. In fact, it’s a good idea to give any key guests (your parents, the godparents of the child) as much notice as possible via a courtesy email or phone call so there’s no danger of them missing the occasion.

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Wording your christening invitations

When writing christening invitations, you should make sure to give guests all the information they need to be able to attend. This includes:


    • Who: specify who is being invited, who is being christened, and who is hosting the event (usually the parents of the baby). You might also include the names of any godparents.
    • What: be clear about what guests are being invited to. Is it a baptism, a christening or a dedication? Are you inviting guests to a religious ceremony, a party to celebrate, or both?


  • When: include both the date and the time of the event so guests know when to show up


    • Where: give guests the location in two ways – the name of the church or other venue, and the street address.


  • Dress code: this is especially important if the event is taking place in a religious setting. Is there a dress code at the church? Is it a formal occasion or something more laid-back?
  • RSVP details: make sure guests know when you need confirmation of their attendance, and give them the details you’d like them to use to let you know.



For example:


You are invited to join us for the christening of

Emma Joanne Johnson

May 7, 2018, 11:00am

St. John’s Presbyterian Church

25 Manifold Street

Warrnambool, 3280


A luncheon will follow
Smart casual attire

RSVP by April 30


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Most popular styles of christening invites

Christening invitations are usually quite restrained, but this depends on both preference and the nature of your event. The more formal and religious the christening or baptism is, the more simple it should be. Some common themes in christening invites are:


  • Religious iconography – crosses and crucifixes, saints, doves, candles
  • Typography – pretty script text accents
  • Photographic – either a photo of the baby alone or a family photo
  • Floral – illustrations of flowers or subtle floral patterns
  • Lace – illustrations, patterns, or actual lace added to the invitation suite


Many people choose to keep the design elements simple but embellish the invitations with a premium print type like letterpress or silver foil.


When you’re going to all the effort of planning a christening – choosing godparents, liaising with the minister or priest, finding the perfect christening gown and planning the after party – it’s important to get the right invitations for the day. Using this guide, you’re sure to have no problem settling on the perfect invites for your baby’s christening or baptism.

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Free Inspirational Quote Printable

We want to share with you a printable that expresses the feelings of every mom with a new baby, a new bride who gets to spend the rest of her life with the man of her dreams, or maybe it is a best friend you cannot imagine life without.  No matter what the reason this saying inspires us all when we are with that special someone–whoever they may be.

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Sadie Lace Christening Jacket - One Small Child

Sadie Embroidered Lace Jacket for Christenings, Baptism & so Much More!

Sadie Lace Christening Jacket for Baby


Give Her the Royal Treatment

Renaissance Royalty meets modern day baby.  This old-world style jacket is made with re-embroidered lace.  This edified artistry brings the intricate flower clusters to life. The dramatic spacing adds an undeniable regal essence.  Two ample 100% silk ribbons are securely fastened for presentation ease.  And finally, intricate hand-beaded lace trims the edge of the jacket’s entirety.

For a purely subtle elegance, drape this lacey goodness over our soft 100% cotton slip.  Or, if you still love subtlety but want something with just a little extra–pair it with our regal cotton slip.  The eight-inch ruffle makes a statement without being too loud.  Or, last but certainly not least, if you would like a truly royal affect pair this jacket with our exquisite Sophi or Royal Gown.


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Amy Sheer Blessing Dress, Christening Dress, Baptism Dress with Matching Baby Headband

Sweet Amy!

Next up from our NEW designs is our Amy Blessing Dress.

Amy Short Christening Dress by One Small Child


Blessing Dress Details:

A 100% sheer lattice, polyester dress delicately overlays a soft 100% cotton slip.  Flower-vine details float atop the bodice lattice and skirt edge.  Perfectly scrunched lace wraps each sleeve in pure sweetness.  The white satin-ribbon sash makes getting that perfect fit a breeze.  (Ever wondered how to tie a dress sash into a perfect bow?  Check out our Facebook page for a tutorial.)

A matching headband pulls this quaint little dress altogether.  Soft elastic is attached to more flower-vine goodness, while an off-centered satin bow adds that “little something extra”.


Every mom wants their little one’s day to be memorable.  Let us help with our many accessories and embroidery options.  Listed below are some must-haves to create a notable and hassle-free day.

  • Camisole Onsie – not only do these hold baby’s diaper firmly in place during the ceremony, they are great for everyday use (get more and save with our 3-pack).  Have her initials monogrammed on the chest for a personal touch.
  • Cotton Diaper Cover – dainty satin-ribbon bows and cotton ruffles adorn the  legs.  And what could be more adorable than a cross, shamrock, or baby’s name embroidered on the bum!
  • Floral Initial Ruffle Bib – keep her dress pristine with a bib that looks as pretty as the dress.  The floral embroidery detail compliment the dress and the flourish initial makes it custom just for her.
  • Silver & Pearl Name Bracelet – divine fresh-water pearls and sterling silver beads encircle baby’s name, spelled in sterling silver letter blocks.  Add a cross charm and/or birthstone crystal to sparkle on her tiny wrist. Finally, a half-inch silver chain enables the bracelet to adjust for a lasting fit.

Have any embroidery done in your choice of white, baby pink, soft green, metallic gold, or silver thread.  White thread offers a subtle look, pink or green enhances her small features, while metallic gold and silver create a timeless feel.

For more accessories and details just click here.


Camilla Christening Gown - One Small Child

Brand New Spring Lace Christening Gowns Design – Camilla

Spring is Here!

Spring showers may bring April flowers, but here at One Small Child, Spring also brings fresh new designs. After a long winter of hunkering down and feverishly working, we are excited to present each one. First up is our Camilla Christening Gown:

Camilla Lace Christening Gown by One Small Child

What’s in a Name?

The name Camilla originates as a Latin baby name.  It means noble; free-born; servant of the temple.  We believe we captured the epitome of each meaning with this satin and lace baby gown.

Gown Details…

The square neckline brings a sense of noble birthright, just as it did in the 17th century. From neckline to hem stretches a generous floral lace panel with a unique continuous flow.  Dual intricate glossy-looping trims each side to confirm superior craftsmanship.  Scalloped lace is the final framework as it cascades over the shoulders and circles around the back.  This is a flawless introduction to scalloping lace that waterfalls down three-quarter sleeves.

This gown is made with matte satin.  Our satin is a pure white and lustrous mid-weight fabric.  This combination of color and density makes for a temperature comfy baby on any Spring day.

A hand-gather waist and 3 buttons make up the back.  The gathering offsets the simplistic front design, while buttons make for dressing ease.  And finally, the hem is festooned with a double laced edge, and more glossy looped lace.

As a bonus, we include a matching baby christening bonnet.  An exaggerated ruffle softly brushes baby’s sweet face.  A thick satin band accentuates a fully-lined puff style bonnet.  The open back design is indicative of a vintage inspired headpiece. Thin triple strand satin ribbons tie under the chin for a secure fit.

Christening Accessories:

What could be better than a gorgeous christening gown for your little one’s special day?  How about matching accessories to complete the look.  For those who adore lace, pair our Lucy Christening Slippers with this gown.  Or maybe a little less frill is more to your liking, take a look at our Bow Christening Slipper in satin.  And last but not least, make sure baby stays warm with this glorious Satin Ruffle Blanket.

Don’t forget to check out the embroidery options for both the baby slippers and blanket.  Personalize one or both to commemorate baby’s special day!

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A Vintage Inspired Christening Party – Revisited


We shopped our homes to pull together this eclectic little event. An unexpected location, some fun décor and yummy food created an easy vibe. A unifying color scheme made it easy to create a vintage vibe that really rocked when we added a few modern elements. Who knew a pitchfork and vintage trike could look so good?


This adorable bright ceramic bird, and painted feathers tied our table-scape together.


A burlap tablecloth is made elegant with a long lace runner. The silver candelabra, assorted glassware and bouquet of baby’s breath completed this fun table-scape.


We loved this Paper Pyramid Light Garland made by The Society of National Industry on Etsy. It was so easy to incorporate these sweet lights in our decor setting. They added warmth and a little twinkle to these rustic barn doors.


What do you wear to an eclectic, vintage event? An eyelet A-line dress, of course! We paired this one with ballet style leather moccs, tied up with lace. So adorable! Top it with a hand-made baby’s breath wreath and her outfit’s complete!


These Leather Ballet Moccasins come with a darling little bow headband. LOVE!


Lovin’ the bow detail on these adorable baby moccasins!



This dusty rose pearl bracelet is the perfect accessory for your little sweetheart.


Spray-painted feathers make an amazing garland that comes alive in the breeze. It was so easy to create! Learn how on our painted feathers tutorial.


A little jute tie around this napkin kept the feathers in their pretty place.


Aren’t these christening invitations (courtesy of Biplane Press on Etsy) so elegant? The silver foil adds a bit of shimmer to the embossed details. We were so impressed with the quality of paper, ink and the attention to details of this invitation. Great job Biplane Press!


A collection of glassware in varied shades and heights made for an entertaining spread. What’s on the menu? These scrumptious sugar cookies were fabulous frosted, or without! How about a little custard on the side?


Layers upon layers made this stacked crepe cake. We topped it with fresh raspberries and a dust of sugar. It was A.MA.ZING. Click here for the recipe. We simplified a little by using prepared Bavarian Cream Pastry Filling instead of homemade…loved every bite!


Lace-tied candles added a sophisticated element to our table-scape. A little lemonade was a refreshing treat at this fun christening brunch.


An old wooden spool made a splendid spot for our little brunch. Add a handmade wood stool and a rusted metal chair and you have the perfect setting!



When filled with delicious sugar cookies, these stamped muslin bags (courtesy of Yellow Flower Designs on Etsy) made for a wonderful take-home treat!



We loved putting together this vintage inspired christening party! We hope to have brought you some wonderful ideas to create your own setting for a special event! One last big thanks to Heather & Kayla of Paisley Studios for the fantastic photography, and all our Etsy vendors for helping us pull off this fun party!

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Christening Party Ideas: An Outdoor Summer Christening Party

Outdoor summer christening parties can be so beautiful! Natural settings offer a beautiful venue for summer evening events. Guests enjoy an evening of fresh air, delicious food and fun conversation at this summer christening party by Petal Pixie and One Small Child.

Summer Christening Party Ideas

All white linens, plates and platters allow the pretty pink elements to come alive. The focus is on the food, flowers and conversation. What’s on the menu? How about some refreshing pink lemonade, layered sandwiches, and frosted carrot cake? Two gorgeous floral arrangements bring sophistication and interest to this lovely tablescape. Exposed flower stems and jute ties around the sandwiches and flatware sets echo the rustic elements of this outdoor setting.

Summer Christening Party Ideas

It’s not a party without decorations! A colorful fabric bunting softens the scene. Learn how to make your own no-sew fabric bunting in this post.

Our silk Phoebe gown was the perfect choice for this summer soiree. Subtle pink trim, a ruffled bonnet and big bow from the silk ribbon ties are adorably girly. Baby girl was cool and comfortable in this light gown, and mom loved the way she looked. Our mother and child pearl bracelet set was a sentimental display of their special bond.

Summer Christening Party Ideas

Guests were graced with dainty herb pot favors to take home and treasure. They looked adorable next to each place setting and added yet another element of rustic charm to the tablescape. Find out how easy it is to make these fun favors in this post.

Summer Christening Party Ideas

This little gentleman is so handsome! We love the faux over-all style of this lightweight romper. The James Christening Outfit can be personalized with custom embroidery. Isn’t it just right for this summer christening party?

We hope you were inspired and now have oodles of summer christening party ideas to make your own event magical. A special thanks to these sweet babies and their wonderful families!

Flowers, food and styling courtesy of Petal Pixie.

Photography by Paisley Studios.

Christening clothes and accessories by One Small Child.

Royal Christening Party - One Small Child

Royal Christening Party Ideas from One Small Child

In honor of our new Royal Christening Gown, today we’re bringing you a collection of five Royal Christening Party Ideas. Follow our new Royal Christening Pinterest pin board for all the source links and more ideas. Now, let’s sit back and soak up some inspiration…

Royal Inspired Christening… Who doesn’t love the lavish look for such a special celebration? Invite your guests in style with a gold leaf embossed invitation. Ornate lace details and a beautiful crest add to the royal effect. Treat your guests to a five-tiered gold and white christening cake. Pretty lace fondant will taste as wonderful as it appears. Send them off with a fabulously re-decorated chocolate bar favor-with gold wrapping, of course!

Royal Christening Party

A Touch of Pink… Throw her a Christening party worthy of the little princess she is! Pale pink and sparkling gold detailing grace these invitations. Each layer of this fabulous cake offers its own unique decoration-each precious and princess appropriate. Favor your guests with a princess inspired re-decorated chocolate bar. So adorable!

Royal Christening Party

Fit For A Prince… We love a dark blue with gold! Subtle navy pinstripes offer a masculine touch to a classy invitation. Simple gold scrollwork accentuate this rich blue cake. Isn’t it stunning?!

Royal Christening Party

A Modern Twist… Love the royal feel, but not crazy about all the frills? A simple gold-lettered invitation will feel rich, but modern. Go for a glittery gold and white color-block cake. Dare to be different! Favor your guests with hand-made lace crowns. The little girls will love prancing around pretending to be princesses!

Royal Christening Party

The Look, But  Less… Short on time or money? Send a postcard invitation with a royal essence. Favor your guests with a buffet of gold-wrapped candies in ornate apothecary jars. Rolos, Hershey’s nuggets and Ferro Rochers are conveniently ready to go! Opt for a simple one-tier cake that’s beautifully decorated and supplement with a sheet cake. You’ll get the grand effect without the cost.

Royal Christening Party