How to Plan a First Communion Party
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Few events are more memorable in a young Catholic’s life than their First Communion, that time when they first receive the Blessed Sacrament and take part in the Faith. As such a large step in a young person life, it is not uncommon for their parents to hold a First Communion party and really make it something special. A First Communion Party can be a wonderful way to recognize the effort a child has committed to the process and to celebrate their Catholic faith. Planning a party for such an important event can feel overwhelming, but the following guidelines may help to set you on the right path.
The first and foremost concern is notifying prospective guests of the party in advance. While this can be achieved with simple messages and phone calls, the sending of formal invitations is a tradition that seems fitting with the affair. Not to mention, having all of the pertinent information for the party available to guests on one piece of paper is practical as well.
The style of formal invitations can vary according to taste, but it is important to remember that they represent a religious event and should be in keeping with that spirit. As a general rule of thumb, your invitations should include the following details:
- Name and Address of parish
- Time of ceremony
- Time and location of after-party
If you are sending out many invitations, it may be wise to include an RSVP to allow for proper planning. Make sure you send the invitations long in advance of the date, to allow everyone a chance to respond. Additionally, some parishes prefer to have a headcount and may have limited seating available, check with your officiant for specific recommendations.
Most guests will be inclined to bring gifts or cards, but many may not be familiar with the process of First Communion and may not know what to bring. Ensure that they understand the solemnity of the occasion and direct them to your preferred online guide if they are concerned. Whatever they bring, be sure to show your gratitude with a thank-you card.
No matter the details, your child’s guests will be pleased to be part of the celebration and Pink Elephant would be honored to play a role as well. We offer a wide assortment of party supplies, including tent rentals. Send us a message through our website or give us a call at (631) 357-3561, we’re happy to help!