Saturday, April 10, 2010

First Communion Ideas

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First Holy Communion is such a special time in a child's faith journey. It's important that we as parents make it a memorable occasion by preparing them with the right books, picking the right outfit, planning the celebration, and taking them to Mass as often as possible. Here are some ideas to inspire you make it the best and first of many times they'll receive Jesus in the Eucharist.

Activities
Where to start?? This Sacrament is just as special as Marriage. Our little Bride of Christ deserves a unique celebration, to help her realize the significance of this special day in her life. Reading to her “Patron Saint of First Communicants” was an incredible start. Giving her a story of a child's desire to receive.

Blessed Imelda
We also enjoy pulling out our Mass Kit. There are a few for purchase as well as tutorials to make your own Mass Kit. For young gentlemen, you may decide to sew a chasuble for them to wear while they role play the priest.
 
While teaching class, I came up with some wonderful worksheets. The children really liked them, so here they are free for you to print and use in your home or classroom. We studied all the parts of the Mass. This is a simple booklet they can bring with them to Mass to remember the prayers.
Print on front of cardstock.

 Print on back of cardstock.
Then fold in until church image matches up in the center.
 
An additional coloring sheet for the "Lord Have Mercy" prayer.
 

The Outfit
Little ladies and gentlemen in the church. Each family does this different, so don't worry if your idea is not what you've been seeing. My daughter wore a dress I found on clearance a few years before at a retail store. Her veil was my wedding veil. My first daughter's dress won't fit my second daughter, so I'm sewing a new one from my wedding dress. The second daughter will also get a new lace veil/mantilla to wear and keep wearing at Mass. I hope this to be an heirloom dress to pass on to my 3rd daughter and granddaughters after. (A nervous wreck I'll be sewing it!) My sons are all different body types, so it's hard to say what'll fit again. However, I hope next time there'll be a blue dress shirt for that white tie to pop out, and possibly a suit jacket.

 
Of course, don't forget to take pictures with family, guests, priests, near the tabernacle, candles, etc. What I forget is the opportunity to take the pictures of them getting ready, perhaps by a mirror. Google and Pinterest have a large resource of ideas.

INVITATIONS

Remember, that this is an occasion similar to a wedding and a formal invitation would be appreciated. The invitations made it all the more real that my child is growing up. I wanted a reverent and traditional invitation. Our guests have commented on their beauty and display them in their homes.


GIFTS
Wrapping gifts is just as traditional with this Communion wrapping paper I found at Leaflet Missal online. Whether from parents, godparents or grandparents, we make sure they get a statue of their patron saint on their First Holy Communion. Girls might get a lovely rosary or a necklace with a miraculous medal or saint medal. Boys might get a cross pin or necklace, a crucifix for their room, or perhaps a new set of ties to wear to church.
Thanks Card 1st Holy Comm
 
 
Don’t forget to send Thank You notes! I decided to make my own. I also have had out thank you gifts for guests who come to the reception.

Decorating the Table

I kept this simple and put the cost of decorations into other things like the cake and a gift. I found some beautiful paper plates and 1st Communion napkins to help with the theme. First time, I bought clear plastic cups and drew images and quotes from the Mass/Bible on them.
 
 
 
Food

 
 It was nice enough to grill, so I went for it. Made for a healthier option.
I always love a good salad and veggies. This is an Overnight Floret Salad. 
 Drinks: Coffee bar, juice pouches, etc. 

THE CAKE – when the Mass was at 1:30, we came back to our home for cake and ice cream. No meal. I was considering baking my easy recipe for Sweet Communion Bread as an appetizer along with grapes.
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After becoming a fan of TLC’s show The Cake Boss, I resolved to have a professional specialty cake baker make her cake. But then I realized only about 4-6 people would be eating this giant cake, due to diets and diabetics in the family. So though I wanted to have a unique cake for her First Communion celebration, I made one myself. I went to the cake supply store and after a few trips, I’ve spent more than the $40…. BUT I have reusable supplies for many more cakes.

Here's the CAKE!

I chose a white cake mix, flavoring on the top round is champagne with pink food coloring in the batter. The bottom cake will be white cake with a milk chocolate ganache between two layers. Frosted over with butter cream icing, it’s sure to be scrumptious! Not sure I want to cut it. It was soooooo fun to make. A good creative outlet after a stressful day.

This is a picture of my TEST CAKE:

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It has butter cream icing, but the filling between layers is a chocolate mousse-like Ganache that will melt in your mouth!

For the second child, I took a step back and made a CUPCAKE ROSARY and


Recipes here.

FOR THE DIETERS???  I made  GELATIN CHALICES


and at another time, Strawberry Delight Jell-o Salad from a recipe my mom uses a lot.

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[Update: Mikayla Meets Jesus post]
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Here are some of my favorite cakes I found online via Google Images. CakeCentral.com has the best gallery.

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baby boy Baptism cake    host cupcakes

1 comment:

  1. Wow, that's a great post!!! Katherine was excited to see you reading the same book we are reading, we're almost done, Blessed Imelda.

    You are so talented, your cake is beautiful!! (and sounds delicious!) I'll just order from Sam's Club, $18 Those invites were beautiful!

    We are off to find white shoes today (Katherine makes her FHC in 2 weeks) I'm looking for something she will wear all summer though,for Sundays, white sandals or white flats.

    We just practiced her hair on Thursday and it turned out soooo cute, my veil is a little big, but she loves it and it's still pretty. My veil will not work for Clare when she makes hers, she's totally a different style of gal!!

    No special foods, just a turkey dinner. It will be hard enough for me getting everyone ready and dinner ready and out the door by 9:30am!!!

    Great post Melissa!

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Thank you for reading about our family. I look forwards to sharing ideas, joys and struggles. God Bless you in your journey!

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