Advice for celebrating a religious event

Ebony - posted on 02/22/2013 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I am a breastfeeding single mother that is quite close to my family. I was planning on baptizing my new addition this spring. Baptisms are a very big part of my family and I was wondering if any of you had ideas as to what I could do on a budget to celebrate the event and still keep it elegant. Thank you!

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Jeanie - posted on 03/23/2013

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I started doing pot lucks for my family gatherings. Most everyone honored my requests on food limitations because my son is deathly allergic to most nuts. After my husband lost his job and I already had to quit mine to care for our sick child, our families understood we couldn't afford to pay for the whole dinner on our own. We did this for our children's baptisms as well. It also helps if other children get to bring their favorite food, picky toddlers can still happily eat and not be crabby.

Laura - posted on 03/21/2013

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I love this idea! And I love to give parties....they can be given on a pinch penny budget. A brunch is a wonderful inexpensive idea. A good fruit salad, ham, scrambled eggs or quiche, rolls and mini cupcakes in several flavors along with coffee, tea, juices (and maybe a bottle of champagne for mimosas) and you can do the entire party for less than $200....for about 30+ people.

Stephanie - posted on 02/23/2013

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It depends on how many people you're having. You could spend$20 on some small potted flowers at the grocery store and give one to each of the mothers. And if you feel up to it, make up a batch of fudge and give each person a little pretty-wrapped piece. I guess it depends on how many people, their ages, and what you feel up to. I have a great cherry dark choc fudge recipe I used as favors for my little girl's 1st birthday if you want the recipe, very easy to make.

Stephanie - posted on 02/22/2013

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I like the idea of celebrating a baptism, especially around Easter time, but having a family party can be expensive, too. You could plan a brunch, that's pretty classy? Have a few kinds of quiche, a ham or roast beef, roasted potatoes, steamed broccoli with Bearnaise sauce and some homemade muffins or coffee cake for dessert. Do buffet style with self-serve coffee and tea with maybe apple or orange juice, too. You can make the quiches the day before and let the roast cook while you're at the church. These are all items you can make yourself and not too expensive, and who doesn't love a good brunch?
Decorate with some fresh flowers and you're good. Shouldn't cost you more than $7-8 per person.
Congrats and God Bless

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