|First Holy Communion, a ceremonial admission of young Catholics to the community of the church, is becoming a main event for this rite of passage for 7- and 8-year-olds. The First Communion season is short, so planning is essential.
When planning your special
communion day, first, decide
on a budget and the size of your guest list. Confirm the date with
the important people in your child's life, grandparents, favorite aunts
and uncles, cousins, etc., before you set the date with the church.
Decide if you will have a reception following the
communion ceremony. If you want a reception at a banquet hall or restaurant, reserve it for your date and time as soon as you have confirmed the same with the church. If you are having a
communion reception at your home, decide if it will be indoors or out (make allowances for bad weather.) If you will have the food catered at your home, reserve the date with the caterer and a time to look over their selections and to place your order. Do you need to rent tables, linens, chairs? If you would like the services of a photographer, musicians, and entertainers, book them as soon as possible.
Once your date, time and reception location
have been confirmed, it is time to order the first communion invitations.
There are invitations available for all budgets and styles. You can
include a separate RSVP card or include a response line on your
invitation. Mail your invitations up to eight weeks prior to your
"Save the Date" cards are a great way to give out-of-town
guests prior notice of your party or a simple phone call will be
appreciated. Unlike the child's birthday party or other social
events, the invitations to a First Communion party will go to guests of
all ages. The overall theme should reflect not only the child,
but the invited adults. During an adult cocktail hour, you
might want to have activities for the children, but remember, they
will probably be dressed in their best "church clothes".
At least a day before the
communion, make sure you have charged
your video camera battery and have checked your still camera batteries or
digital camera memory available. Make sure you have plenty of video
tape and film set out in plain site so you know where it is when you need
it! Some disposable cameras sitting around for your guests to also
capture the action can yield some of the best pictures of you, the
parents, with your child.
And most important, enjoy this
special day with your child.
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