The Christening

thomasOn the 8th September Thomas had his christening!

It was a beautiful day celebrated with friends and family. We had the baptism in our family church in a small village in Northern Buckinghamshire. We weren’t allowed to take photos during the occasion but were allowed to take some afterwards- so hence the lack of photos!

After church we hosted a small get together with family and the godparents in a small country gastro-pub which gave everyone a very relaxed atmoshere. There were around 35 people in total- so very small.

I started planning the christening weeks before, we booked the date first as it was important to us to have it at my family church where we got married and where my parents got married. Then I started researching boys christening on the internet. You can see my Pinterest board here:  Christening ideas I got inspiration from a variety of places- pininterest, my church and our newborn baby photoshoot which kept all colours and style very angelic, light and white.

First up was the christening gown, We opted for a hand made traditional English silk gown, 1 metre in length with a cross motif and personalised name embroidered on the back. There are some amazing gowns on ‘Not on the high street’ see here. We ended up getting ours from a lady who makes the gown in Wiltshire, UK called ‘Heirloom Christenings‘. The quality of the gown and fabric are AMAZING! I would highly recommend her! The gown took around 2 weeks to make and be delivered.

boys christening gown

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Next up was the christening cake as we had to book our cake maker months in advance! We chose Sweetness and Delight cakes in Milton Keynes, Helen, who makes the cakes is lovely and she made the cake I wanted to the exact specifications. I saw a cake I loved in a small cake boutique in Belgravia, London (which was sooo expensive!). I sent her a photo of it (you can see it on my christening ideas pin interest board) and she made one to look like it perfectly! Helen also made 30 cupcakes to go with the cake. The cupcakes were the first thing to go on the christening day! The cake was so soft and spongy with a slight vanilla taste….really good to eat, not like most cupcakes these days- as there are so many people setting up cupcake businesses who have no idea how to make good cake bases and only concentrate on the icing!! (that is my pet hate- amazing looking cupcakes but horrible cake underneath! haha). The top tier of the christening cake was the saved top tier of our wedding cake :) Helen did a really good job of stripping down the original icing as I hadn’t taken it off before I froze it!

boys christening cake

Boys christening cake

boys christening cake

christening cupcakes

Then, next up was the flowers. We chose the same florist who did our wedding flowers as she is super friendly and we love her English country style (her website: DaisyChain). I wanted to stick to a traditional baby blue and white theme so I decided on blue hydrangeas which were in season and looked wonderful for a christening! At the end of the day we gave my grandmother and each of my aunts a bowl of flowers each as a gift which they loved.

christening flowers

christening flowers

boys christening flowers

Then we had to decide on the finishing touches- blue rose petals, blue candy, blue and white napkins, baby photos, christening balloons, and personalised bunting.

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Thomas enjoyed his special day and was an angel! He didn’t cry once!

More photos of the christening can be found on my Instagram and Pinterest.

Anyone else have any good Christening ideas? What was your inspiration?

 

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