How to Organize a Christening Party

Organize a Christening Party


A christening is a special event in your family’s life and celebrating with a christening party can be a lot of fun. Learn how to organize a christening party that is memorable in this podcast with Maureen Woodman, event planner with the Essex Room in Essex, MA. John: Hi, I’m John Maher. I’m here today with Maureen Woodman, an event planner for on and off-site catered events at the Essex Room in Essex, Massachusetts. Today we’re talking about how to organize a christening party. Welcome Maureen.

Maureen: Hey John, thanks for having me today.

Steps Involved in Organizing a Christening Party

John: Sure. Maureen what are some of the steps involved in organizing a christening party?

Maureen: I think the first thing you have to do is you have to pick the church. You have to call the priest and you have to make sure that the date you are looking for is available. A lot of times now, they’re only doing them once a month or quarterly or if you have a really small church, I’m sure they’ll accommodate you on whatever date that you choose. Then from there, you probably should pick the godparents. Make sure that they’re available on that day.

John: Yes.

Maureen: Then order your invitations. Go pick a function hall that can accommodate the size and the people that you’re looking for and then go out and buy the christening dress.

John: Alright. What are some of the things involved in hosting a christening party that make it really unique or that people might not think about?

Maureen: Yes. I think one of the things with the christening, you want to make sure that your venue is kid-friendly. There’s usually a lot of children involved and christenings have a tendency to be very family-oriented. You want to keep in mind that the mom and the baby have a long day so you want to make sure the timing is really good there. I think that the food could be anywhere. There’s all different kinds of food that you can do on a christening, depending on your budget, but I think people are happy with sandwiches, clam chowder and, of course, a cake or something. I don’t see a lot of entertainment happening at christenings. There is maybe a light wine station or champagne involved, but canadian casino news again, not a lot of alcohol at a christening either.

Decorations for a Christening Party

John: Right. What about the decorations? Is it just white? The people tend to put up crosses on the walls or what are some of the other decorations that people use at a christening?

Maureen: I think a lot of times you’ll see everything in a white theme with a pink or blue accent. You definitely will see a religious theme in there with some kind of crosses or maybe the flowers are all white to signify just peace and things that go along with everything that we think about [with a] white, clean, new beginning.

John: Yes.

Maureen: I think that’s always the feeling of a christening. I think you’ll have a little table for your presents and maybe a guest book so people could remember. It’s really popular now to take pictures with everybody and create those little books that you can do on the internet now and the baby would have that book for the rest of their lives.

John: Right. Any final thoughts on how to make your christening party really memorable?

Maureen: I think the secret is to keep it quick. Make sure that everybody is not cranky. All the feedings are on time and on schedule, [and] the nursing moms being accommodated for.

John: Yes.

Maureen: I think it’s a really lovely day and I think that christenings are a really happy, joyous moment in somebody’s life and it’s just a union with God and I think it’s important.

John: Alright. That’s really great information Maureen. Thanks again for speaking with me today.

Maureen: Thank you John. Thanks for having me.

John: For more information, you can visit the Essex Room website at or call 978-768-7335.