Baptisum, what the heck do I do?

Alisha - posted on 01/06/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I am planing my sons baptism and most people are traveling from a ways away. I have no idea how to do this at all. I have the church the date, the time, and the christening gown, now what?

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Alisha - posted on 01/11/2010

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I am Methodist, my father is Catholic, my mother is Lutheran, my mothers mother is Baptist. That is why the mixed terms sorry for the delay in my response my son is also in and out of the hospital.

I am in St. Petersburg, FL

Rebecca - posted on 01/07/2010

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Stefie is right about the food and gathering. It really does depend on your family and what you expect it to be. And Stefie... Sam's Club rocks for things like this!!! if the family is stying in the same hotel, there maybe a meeting room in the hotel that can be used.

I guess, the first question to answer is "how big of an event is this going to be?" then, "how much can I afford?"

Can I ask where you are?

Stefie - posted on 01/07/2010

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For my DD the baptism was a huge event. It was the first time she met her Grandfather, and the first time the whole family was together. It is tradtion for my family to have a lunch afterwards. I was lucky and found a nice restruant with a meeting room that gave us the room for free as long as they catered it. It turned out to be about $300 for everything. This was less than $10.00 per person.
If you can't find a resturant that is nice I would look into your church. Many have a common area that you can rent or even just use. I would recommend catering because you are going to be so busy. If you have to do the cooking yourself maybe you could go for slow cooker foods and simple salads. I would also recommend having these kinds of foods available for your company. This way you are not cooking all day long. I would ask friends and neghibors for extra crock pots. You can find many quick fix items like meat balls at Sam's Club

Rebecca - posted on 01/07/2010

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Baptism is really between your sons and God. If family wants to visit the church on that date, great! but don't stress about it too much and make it less memorable as their parent. It looks like you are doing a Catholic Baptism? by "Christening gown", I assume it is a much younger child? If you have time to send out "remember the date" cards, you can... but typically a verbal invitation to the most important people in their lives....



If you wanted to do "remember the date cards", you can do it with a picture of your son at Wal-mart...



If family plans to come, and needs a place to stay, you may want to get the information from the closest hotels and send that information along. I know we wouldn't be able to put a lot of family up in our home and we sure couldn't afford to pay.



I guess what I am trying to say is keep it as simple as it has to be so that you can enjoy it too; instead of feeling like you have to host to a bunch of people



I hope this helps some

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