This weekend we will move our clocks up one hour, “Spring Ahead” as it is referred to and a sure sign that spring is right around the corner. While many of us view this as an hour of sleep lost, others are out looking at their flower beds to see what is peeking out of the ground.
Springtime also signifies an assortment of religious events such as Easter and confirmation. This is a joyus occasion when a young person crosses over into adulthood. So a confirmation party becomes a special rite of passage. Its a nice idea to invite your guests to witness the confirmation at the church prior to the party.
So how do you celebrate this coming of age without losing the importance of this religious milestone?
Add a scripture verse to your invitation that has personal meaning to you. Gifts of a religious nature are usually given, such as rosaries, prayer books, in addition to religious statues and icons. Gifts of cash are also common. A special toast on what this milestone means to your family from the parents along with the Godparents and grandparents.
Here are some ideas on how to decorate for the party.
Purchase a Banner with the confirmands name on it. You may want to put family photos out on a table, along with some completed assignments from their confirmation class.
A party store or your local craft store may have some religious items.Christian symbols such as the cross should be a common theme on each table. You can also decorate guest tables with confetti and place flowers on each table.
It’s always a nice idea to have matching tablecloths, plates, cups, and napkins. Purchase some Easter lilies and place around the room for a vibrant touch. Helium balloons in a contrasting color are nice as well; try to pick up your balloons the day of the party so they don't deflate.
It’s a good idea to try to place your tables, chairs, and decorations out the night before. Ask a friend or two to help you. Move your buffet table away from the guest tables to allow for a free flowing meal. Place another table out by itself for cards, and gifts. Depending on the size of your party you may want to give out party favors.
Heavens, let’s not forget the cake! You can make your own or order one. "May God Bless You" followed by their name is always a nice choice.
Confirmation day should be a day of rejoicing between your child, and family and friends. So try to relax and remember that this happens only once in a lifetime.
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