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Christening Food Ideas - One Small Child

Our Favorite Christening Food Ideas: Pinterest Round-up

Today we’re featuring a Christening food Pinterest round-up! (Are you following us on Pinterest?) There are so many options to choose from when it comes to a Christening menu. Pinterest is a wonderful resource for planning your entire event. We make planning a Christening easy with an enormous selection of boards just for this special occasion. From appetizers to desserts, let’s indulge in some of our favorite Christening food eye candy!

{See these pins and get more ideas for your Christening menu on our Christening Foods Pinterest pin board.}

Phoebe Christening Collection - One Small Child

How to Plan A Christening

How to Plan A Christening | One Small Child

It’s coming up, where do you start? Today we’re re-posting our step-by-step guide detailing how to plan a christening or blessing, along with a convenient printable checklist for you (in two versions – one for Christening, one for Blessing):

How to Plan A Christening

Congratulations on your new (or soon-to-be) bundle of joy! Somewhere in the jumble of emotion, change, and busyness that is the first year of your baby’s life is a once-in-a-lifetime event: your baby’s christening or blessing.

The timing of your christening or blessing is largely up to you and is influenced by family circumstances, tradition, and religious affiliation. Whether you are blessing your newborn or baptizing your 18-month child, the planning process is the same. Here’s a basic checklist to get you started:

1-6 months before the event:
Step 1-When:
Contact the church or clergy member you wish to perform the ceremony. Determine what paperwork/preparation is required. Set a date.
Step 2-Who: Decide who you want to be in attendance. Who do you choose as Godparents to watch over your child’s religious instruction? Who do you want to stand in the blessing circle? Do you want a large or small gathering? Determine how many guests you will have.
Step 3-Visualize: This is the fun part! Will you have an all-inclusive at-home event, an intimate post-ceremony gathering at a restaurant, or a gala bash at a local reception venue? Whether simple or luxe, you need to consider what you want when it comes to location, decor, food, favors, music, clothing, and photography. Depending on who you want to work with, you may need to book services many months in advance.

3-4 weeks before the event:
Step 4-Invite: Order (or create) and mail christening invitations or simply make phone calls to those with whom you want to share this experience. Be sure they know when and where to show up!
Step 5-Shop: Ooh! Another fun part! {wink} Find the perfect christening/blessing gown or outfit, or make arrangements for a custom-made or family heirloom garment for your baby’s special day. Don’t forget to plan clothing for siblings and parents!
Step 6-Portraits: Schedule a portrait sessiontrust me, you don’t want to not have photos of your baby in his/her precious outfit! Whether you go for a formal studio session or a natural-light gig, have a list of shots you want the photographer to capture. If possible, allow enough time to have framed prints to display at your event.

2 weeks before the event:
Step 7-Finalize: Tie up all loose ends…check in with venues, food providers, photographers, etc.

The day before the event:
Step 8-Pack:
Gather up everything you’ll need for the big day: baby’s clothing and accessories, items to be used in the ceremony, cameras, decorations, etc. Pack the diaper bag. Press or steam baby’s finery as well as your own outfit. Finish up food and decor details.

Day of event:
Step 9-Relax:
 Take a deep breath and enjoy the companionship of your loved ones in celebration of this blessed day!

{Free Printable Checklist}

planning a christening checklist PDF
Snowflake Cross Christening CakeWinter Christening Ideas - One Small Child

Christmas Christening, Part 2

More images from our winter-themed christening shoot, see Part 1 here.

Winter Christening Ideas at One Small Child

Winter Christening Buffet Ideas | One Small Child

Snowflake Cross Christening Cake | One Small Child

{Snowflake Cross Christening Cake by Paisley Cakes}

Snowflake Cross Christening Cake | Winter Christening Ideas at One Small Child

Snowflake Cross Baptism Cake | Winter Christening Ideas at One Small Child

Snowflake Cross Christening Cake | Winter Christening Ideas at One Small Child

Ginger Ale with Raspberries | Winter Christening Food Ideas at One Small Child

{Mock Champagne with Raspberries by Oh So Delicioso}

Samuel Silk Baptism Outfits for Boys | Winter Christening at One Small Child

{Silver Spoon from our Cross Cup and Spoon Baptism Gift Set}

Christening Family Portrait Shot Ideas | Winter Christening at One Small Child

{Baby is wearing our Samuel Silk Christening Outfits for Boys + Silk Christening Booties + Triple Roll Socks}

Baptism Portrait Ideas | Winter Christening at One Small Child

Family Picture Ideas for After the Christening | One Small Child

Winter Christening Outfits for Boys | One Small Child

{Baby is wearing our Samuel Silk Christening Outfits for Boys + Silk Christening Booties + Triple Roll Socks}

S'mores on a Stick - One Small Child

S’mores on a Stick, Two Ways

S'mores on a Stick, Two Ways | Christening Favors

From our Evening Christening Party Shoot, here are two variations of the classic campfire treat brought to you on a stick (doesn’t everything taste better on a stick?). Both recipes are easy to put together, can be made a day ahead of time, and make a fantastic treat or favor to share with your loved ones:

Golden Grahams S’mores on a Stick

8 cups Golden Grahams cereal
5 cups miniature marshmallows
1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
1/4 cup light corn syrup
5 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup miniature marshmallows, if desired
Lollipop sticks
Small treat bags
Twine or ribbon

Measure cereal into large bowl. Butter 13×9-inch pan. In large microwavable bowl, microwave 5 cups marshmallows, the chocolate chips, corn syrup and butter uncovered on High 2 minutes to 3 minutes 30 seconds, stirring after every minute, until melted and smooth when stirred. Stir in vanilla.

Pour over cereal; quickly toss until completely coated. Stir in 1 cup marshmallows.

Press mixture evenly in pan, using buttered back of spoon. Let stand uncovered at least 1 hour, or refrigerate if you prefer a firmer bar. For bars, cut into 8 rows by 2 rows (or any configuration you desire) to create a narrow rectangle shape. Insert lollipop stick into one end of the bar, place in a bag & tie with twine.

(recipe adapted from Betty Crocker)

Chocolate Dipped S’mores on a Stick

Graham crackers
Large marshmallows
1 cup milk chocolate chips
2 teaspoons shortening
Lollipop sticks
Small treat bags
Twine or ribbon

Combine chocolate chips and shortening in microwaveable bowl. Microwave on High for 1 minute, remove and stir. Replace bowl in microwave and cook on 50% power for 30 seconds. Stir until smooth. If you’re getting pieces that will not melt, microwave again on 50% power for @ 15 seconds and stir again. Be very careful, as you do not want your chocolate to scorch.

Heat oven to broil. Place marshmallows on an oven-safe wire cooling rack, and put them in the oven, about 4″ from broiler. Watch carefully: when the marshmallows begin to brown, pull them out, turn them and place them back in the oven to continue toasting. Repeat until marshmallows are toasted all the way around.

Break each Graham cracker into 4 small pieces. Spread a small amount of melted chocolate mixture on one cracker. Place a toasted marshmallow on the melted chocolate, spread chocolate on another cracker and place it on top of the marshmallow to create a sandwich. When your s’mores are made, place a lollipop stick into the marshmallow and dip the top end in your melted chocolate. Set on wax paper to cool. When completely cool, place in a bag & tie with twine or ribbon.

Fall Christening Party - One Small Child

An Evening Christening Party

Just like that, Fall is here. Night is coming earlier. Leaves are changing colors. I’m greeted with a rich, earthy scent and a light nip in the air when I walk out the door. I love this season!

Christenings, Baptisms and family celebrations take place all year long, why not weave the season into your plans? Here’s some One Small Child inspiration for pulling together an intimate gathering on a warm-ish Fall evening — featuring rich colors, luxurious christening gowns and baptism outfits, and a hearty home-style dinner:

Chloe Silk Christening Gown

Brakkin Baptism Outfits for Boys

Chloe Silk Christening Gowns featured in a Fall Christening Party

William Convert-a-Gown + Brakkin Christening Romper

Christening Favors & Invitations

Fall Christening Party

Fall Christening Dinner Table

Chloe Christening Gowns for Girls

Brakkin Christening Suits for Boys

Sterling Love Bird Mother's Necklace + Brakkin Christening Outfits for Boys

DIY Wire Chandelier

Brakkin Silk Blessing Outfit

S'mores on a Stick, Two Ways | Christening Favors

Popcorn Christening Favors

Sparkler Christening Favors

Products featured in these images:
Brakkin Christening Outfit * William Convert-a-Gown * Chloe Christening Gown *
* Basketweave Crochet Blanket * Silver Bangle Bracelet * Tiny Gold Cross Necklace *
* Love Bird Stamped Necklace *

Summer Christening Look Book - One Small Child

Christening Lookbook: Summer 2013

Welcome to our first-ever christening lookbook! We had a wonderful time putting together this shoot of our summer/early fall christening party ideas, and we sincerely hope you enjoy viewing it as much as we’ve enjoyed creating it! You can shop the products featured in this shoot here.

Special thanks to:
Paisley Studios (photography)
Petal Pixie (flowers, food & styling)

Christening Party Signature Frame - One Small Child

Christening Party Idea: Signature Keepsake Frame Giveaway {Closed}


Signature Keepsake Frame Christening Party Idea

Looking for ideas to make your christening party or baby shower extra memorable? Here’s a fast & easy way to bring a lasting personal touch to your plans: print your favorite version of our ‘For This Child I Prayed’ free printable, place it in a frame with a simple white mat, then invite guests to sign and/or share notes of love for the little guest of honor. Read more…