July 05, 2018
Naming ceremonies are the modern, less traditional equivalent of a Christening, and if you’ve decided on giving your bundle of joy a special day such as this, you’ll be excited at the amount of free reign you have over this celebration of life.
Unlike religious ceremonies, there are no rules to follow and no guidelines to stick by. Instead, you can make it completely unique to your baby and create your own traditions that can continue for years to come.
To help you get started on planning a naming ceremony that is unforgettable we’ve shared seven tips that you can incorporate into the big day.
Just like a ‘save the date’, your naming ceremony invites should be a memorable token that guests can treasure forever. Using a baby photograph, or even prints of baby’s hands or feet, will create an adorable invite that will melt your guests heart.
2) Set A Theme
Of course, the most fun part of any naming ceremony is deciding upon a theme that will continue throughout each element of the day.
While some opt for a traditional colour scheme like that of a traditional christening, with creams and golds, the truth is, the option is completely yours, and there are many who have begun to style naming ceremonies in a Disney theme or even the baby’s favourite book characters. Pastel tones are often a popular choice, along with nordic white and green foliage.
To help you decide on a theme think about what would mean the most to you and your baby in years to come. Would you prefer something classic or something fun?
3) Let Your Guests Get Snap Happy
While it can be great to hire a professional photographer for the day to capture those memorable moments, it can also be great to have a polaroid on hand to let guests take pictures of their own. This way everyone has a token picture they can take away with them, and you can compile any of the extra ones for a memory book for the little one.
This is an ideal way to capture special moments between the friends of the family and the baby, and those unsuspecting shots can often be the best ones.
4) Plant a Tree
As we all become more conscious of our footprint on the world, an increasing trend at naming ceremonies is to plant a tree in honour of the new arrival.
This can be an incredibly special addition, as each guardian can lay earth around the tree to represent the protection and care they will provide the baby as it grows up.
5) Fill a Time Capsule
If you’re looking for a fun way to remember the day with your little one in the future, creating a time capsule can provide you with an exciting way to share the memories.
Request each guest to write a letter to the baby in the future, and add any pictures of special elements of the day. Collect it all and place it in a sealed container. You can then place it in the garden with a , or even a flower to ensure you remember where it is.
Then you can set a date to open it together with your little one on a significant birthday.
6) Make A Wish
Rather than request the guardians of your baby to make promises, it can be far gentler and sweeter to request them to make a wish for the babys future. For example, ‘I wish that you be surrounded by kind souls’.
Creating a wish book after the ceremony with each guardians words can also be another treasured piece, and can even be created into beautiful type that can be framed in the baby’s room.
7) Give a Gift with Meaning
While gift giving at a naming ceremony is not compulsory by any means, thanking your guests for being part of the day can help to end things on a grateful note.
Therefore, giving small tokens of appreciation can go a long way in helping others to remember the day and share it with the little one when they grow-up.
Rather than give gifts that are trivial, try to give gifts that hold a real meaning to you and your family. For example, it could be flower seeds to grow at home, symbolising the birth of the baby, or it could be a recipe card that means something to your family, so that the baby can cook with your friends and family in years to come.
August 09, 2018
The arrival of a new baby can help to spur an array of keepsake items that will help you to remember those special days for a lifetime.
While there are many traditional keepsakes here in the UK, you may wish to start a new tradition of your own. After all, new keepsakes may mean more to you or signify your family in a far more personal way than traditional items such as christening gown.
Therefore, if you’ve been trying to think of some new ways to remember your little one’s arrival into the world, we’ve shared a handful of the keepsakes which are revered around the world.
July 17, 2018
When you’re expecting your firstborn nothing can ever truly prepare you for that daunting feeling that someday soon you’re going to be responsible for another person. And while there’s excitement, it’s always fine to admit that there is also nerves and worry.
That’s why for this special feature we’ve asked mum’s to share the words of wisdom they were given by their parents.
June 20, 2018
After your baby’s big day you’ll want to treasure every item that represents those special moments, and this includes the Christening gown that you’ve spent time and money selecting.
As with any special item, you’ll want to preserve it for many years to come so that you can pass it on to your children when they have little ones or simply to keep hold of for the next birth in the family.
To help ensure your gown is protected and remains in tip-top condition, we’ve revealed the steps you need to take in maintaining your baby’s cherished christening gown.
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