Helpful tips for Planning a First Communion Party at Home!


At long last First Communion and confirmations haved resumed in September, as well as a "phased relaxation" on the numbers attending outdoor events. Music to all of our ears with little ones who have missed out on so many celebrations! First Holy Communion parties of course usually begin in late Spring and continue until early summer – but we're now celebrating as soon as we can! Your child’s Communion is a special event and a wonderful family day to spend together. To help you, we’ve prepared a communion celebration checklist that will help you prepare stress-free.

Keep in mind that this is not a typical child's party. a First Holy Communion party will no doubt have guests of all ages. The celebrant should be the “star of the party and you should make sure they, and their friends have fun ....but make sure the adults do too!


While the church ceremony is usually reserved for immediate family, grandparents and godparents, a First Holy Communion party at home afterwards is a great way to include your extended family and friends in this special day.



Planning

Planning is key to every successful party and leaves you so much more relaxed and able to enjoy the day instead of melt downs in the kitchen!

So, it’s a great idea to draw up a personal checklist for your communion so you really can’t forget anything you need to do for the big day.



Team communion!

Put together an action team! Perhaps your kids’ regular babysitter would like to help with games for the kids. Maybe, if you ask really really nicely, your best friend might be willing to help you with the snacks and serve the drinks! Let other close friends and family members play a a special part and delegate helpers with putting up decorations, making a communion cake...and the dreaded clearing up!


Date & Time

The day of the First Holy Communion itself may be a bit too busy for the communion party as well or may clash with other communions of close friends or family.? There’s nothing wrong with holding the celebration a week, two weeks, or even a month after the communion. Your friends can only be in one place at one time, and it’s first come, first served!


Time

As a general rule it is good to leave 2 hours from the communion start time at the church to guests arriving at your home


Set a budget

Perhaps the most important point of the communion checklist! The cost of a communion party can spiral out of control before you get a hand on it. Suddenly the photographer, the printing costs for your communion cards, the caterer, and the bouncy castle man have to be paid. So, it’s really important to set a realistic budget in advance and stick to it. Take unforeseen costs into account and think carefully about what you definitely need and what you can do without.


Phone Calendar

Make your phone calendar your best friend - a foolproof way to remember all your tasks and make it through the brainfog!