22 Baptism Party Ideas for After the Christening

Celebrate a Christening with these Baptism party ideas.

Nicole Duddy

Contributor

Welcoming your new little addition to the family and faith calls for a Baptism celebration! After your baby’s or child’s baptism, you can throw a party with all your friends and family to celebrate. Whether you want to invite the whole town or hold an intimate gathering, here are some easy Baptism party ideas to help with your planning.

When planning a Baptism party, you can choose any theme your heart desires. From many beautiful color schemes to even a cute animal theme, the possibilities are endless. 

By incorporating some of these Christening party ideas, your little guest of honor will surely receive the attention they deserve on their momentous day.

Here are 22 ideas for a Christening party: 

Baptism Party Entertainment

Magician 

Young or old, magicians and their mind-boggling tricks leave us all in awe and amazement. For entertainment at your baby’s baptism party, you can hire a talented magician to perform close-up magic for your guests. After watching their show, you’re sure to see some aspiring magicians in the making especially when it comes to the disappearing act of sweets and cake.

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Face Painting

From Spider-Man to a tiger and even a colorful butterfly, you can add a touch of whimsy to your event by booking a face painter. If you are hosting a celebration with a lot of young attendees, face painters are a creative way for them to express themselves and play pretend. 

It’s also a fun activity for adults to get involved in as they can release their inner child. Once the day is over, all you have to do is wash your face, and it's gone with minimal mess but a day full of fun.

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Photographer

Capture every smile, laugh, and intimate moment of baby’s Christening with the help of a photographer. By having beautiful keepsakes of the special day, your little one will someday be able to look back with you on their first big celebration, and the memories made. 

From the church baptism to the family meal, your photographer can be there to document it all for you. Afterward, you can use the pictures and add them to baby’s first photobook.

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DJ

If you or your family members love any opportunity for a good boogie, why not hire a lively DJ that will play all the best tunes? When you hire a professional DJ, they have the skills and knowledge to create an upbeat atmosphere for your guests. Whether you prefer a throwback classic or the latest hits, you will surely have fun showing off your best moves on the dance floor. You can also ask your DJ if they could help play some games that require music.

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Bounce House

Let’s jump right into this. If you’re planning a spacious outdoor celebration, a bouncy house will make the perfect addition for your little one’s older friends! Depending on the space available, you can rent any type of bouncy house, from a traditional 3-wall to an exciting obstacle course. No matter if you’re a kid or an adult, you can let loose and bounce the night away.

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Entertainment Ideas for a Christening Party

Musical Chairs

Why not ask your DJ to host a fun activity with your guests, such as musical chairs? All you have to do is put a few chairs in a circle formation and play music. When the music is on, the contestants must dance around the chairs, and guests must find a chair to sit on when the DJ stops it. The person left standing is out of the game, and a chair is taken out, making the group smaller until the winner is revealed.

Protect Your Balloon

If you want to dispose of your balloons in a fun way, you can play the competitive game of “protect your balloon.” This game is excellent for a larger group of 5 or more players. It involves all contestants being given a balloon tied with string around their ankles. 

Once the game begins, the players must try to bust the other competitor's balloons while ensuring no one bursts theirs. The last balloon left is crowned victorious.

Soccer

Why not uncover the next Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo at your party with a friendly game of soccer? With a big open space, a few cones, and a ball, you and your guests will be able to set up your own match. One of the best things about soccer is that it’s not only fun for the players, but spectators are also sure to get a kick from watching it. So start practicing your unique goal celebration now!

Puzzles and Legos

Not every guest will like being in very hyper-social activities all the time, so having a quiet area with puzzles, lego, or coloring books would be an ideal place for charging their batteries. A designed space for your young attendees to chill during this time will keep them entertained and relaxed. To make the area even more comfortable, you can put some blankets and pillows to sit on.

Puzzles and Legos are especially good if you’re hosting a Baptism party at a restaurant. These activities can be done quietly at a table and will keep little guests entertained throughout the meal.

Venue Ideas for a Christening Party

Outdoor Event Tent

For a family-fun celebration during the spring and summer months, an outdoor event tent would be a great choice. By renting a tent, you can host your Christening party closer to home, such as in your backyard or a field. 

No matter if you want to invite a large number of guests or simply a few close loved ones, there is a tent size available that will fit your needs. From sunrise to sunset, your guests will be able to enjoy the great outdoors and all the beauty it has to offer.

Restaurant

If planning a Christening party at your own home sounds like a lot of work and cleanup, local restaurants or event centers are a wonderful alternative. Typically, these venues have previous knowledge of organizing successful events, so you know your little one’s celebration is in the right hands. With the property’s event basics of tables and chairs, you can simply enjoy the decorating process without sourcing extra items. 

Baptism Party Food Ideas

Finger Foods

Most Christening parties begin in the afternoon, so having nibbles ready to go after the baptism is crucial to stop rumbling tummies. Finger food has always been a staple for any event plus, it’s easy to prepare and make. With an array of sandwich fillings, salads, and hot food options like fries and chicken tenders, your guests can fill up their plates and go back for more. 

However, if organizing a party and being in charge of food sounds a bit daunting, you can always find a catering company on The Bash to deliver and serve finger food.

BBQ

There’s something about barbecues that bring families all together and help make great memories. With the smell of the grill in the air and the flipping of burgers, no outdoor family gathering is complete without some delicious barbecued dishes. So if you're planning a backyard celebration and love burgers, chicken skewers, steak, and corn on the cob, this food idea would be perfect for you.

Candy Table

Is it really a party without a sugar rush? If not, one way you can satisfy your guests’ sweet tooths is with a candy cart. Chocolates, gummies, flavored chips, lollipops, fudge, and whatever you can think of can be put on the cart as a yummy treat. 

For a delightful touch, you can also have small paper bags and scoops for guests to use while picking up their candy to take home with them. If candy isn’t what you’re looking for a dessert table with cookies is always a great option.

Baptism Party Drinks

Fruit Punch

A simple and easy-to-make drink that everyone is sure to love is a classic fruit punch. Made from a variety of juices and a dash of ginger ale, you can’t go wrong with this sweet and refreshing drink. If you’ve never made fruit punch before and you're looking for a good recipe to follow, this one by One Sweet Appetite is a lovely choice. 

Tea & Coffee

A warm cup of tea or coffee will always go down a treat after any good meal. By organizing a hot drinks section at your event, your guests will have easy access to their well-needed brew. With some cream and sugar, guests will be able to craft their perfect cup and relax.

Mimosas

More often than not, a Christening party will be around brunch time. And what goes better with brunch than mimosas?! For a non-alcoholic option, add sparkling water or seltzer to orange juice rather than champagne. You can even serve a variety of juice options like cranberry, pineapple, and peach to kick it up a notch.

Baptism Party Supplies & Decorations

Balloons

Balloons are a great place to start if you want to incorporate your event's theme or color scheme into your decor. You can use them as centerpieces on tables, let them float on the ceiling, or make arches for fun photo opportunities. 

If your space has minimalist decor and muted walls, the colorful appearance of the balloons will aid in brightening up any space. Once it’s near the end of your celebration, you can even dispose of the balloons by playing games with your guests, as previously mentioned. 

Bunting

Another classic decor item that will enhance your event space is bunting. Whether they are hanging over the entrance of your venue, on the sides of tables, or stuck on the wall, bunting can be a cute addition to your Baptism and Christening party decor. 

They can be found in many shapes and sizes to fit all types of occasions. For creative parents out there, you can easily make and design your own bunting. Here’s a tutorial by wikiHow to get you started! 

Paper Plates 

If you dread the thought of cleanup, you can solve this problem with paper plates and cups. From block colors to Christening-themed paper dining ware, you will be able to find something that will look great at your event. You can place them beside the buffet table for easy access while your guests go up to pick their food. 

After the celebration, you will be able to breathe a sigh of relief knowing that you don’t have to wash a mountain of dishes.

Baptism Cake

Let them eat cake! Every party deserves to be celebrated with a beautiful cake, and your baby’s Christening is no exception. It doesn’t matter if it’s chocolate, vanilla, red velvet, or carrot, your guests will not be able to resist taking a slice. 

You can even decorate it with your little one’s name in icing and pretty cake toppers. When guests are leaving, you can wrap up pieces of cake with napkins and give them as a yummy parting gift.

Christening Gown

When it comes down to attire, your baby of the hour will surely take center stage. Traditional and tasteful Christening gowns are adorable and symbolize the innocence of baby starting their journey in faith. For many decades, these gowns have been used for all genders and could be passed down to future siblings. 

However, in recent years, some parents have opted to dress their baby boys in stylish rompers. No matter if you choose to have a baby in a Christening gown or a romper, their charming outfit will have guests in awe.

Find more ideas and inspiration for your next event here on The Bash.

Published on 9/16/2022