Not being super into organized religion my husband and I still felt obligated to get our sons baptized, I think it might have had something to do with the long conversation he had with his mother… but anyway ahem…we do agree that we want our children to have faith in a higher power and because Catholicism is what we know and comes to us almost automatically (thanks to years of Sunday school) we decided to go that route. We chose a church in our neighborhood mainly for the community, a community that represents the make up of our family.
The baptism was celebrated at a bilingual mass on a beautiful Saturday evening, but DANG it was HHHHHOT inside that beautiful old church. Not sure if it was the stress of having a new baby and a ridiculously rambunctious 2 year old inside a very echo-y old church or the fact I hadn’t been to a mass in like 2 years… let’s just say I was sweatin’
Lucky for us it was a very welcoming and understanding community, we had some lovely moments- like when Mateo cheered and clapped at the end of the first hymn, that got a chuckle and big smile from the priest. But the actual baptism was slightly traumatic for Mr. Mateo… strange man pouring water on my head in front of lots of people… Baby Remy on the other hand smiled and loved the experience and hung out with the priest for the rest of the mass!
We planned the date of the baptism about 3 weeks in advance and although we weren’t going to go all out Mexican style on the celebration (think wedding reception type fiesta…seriously) I knew I wanted to make the occasion cute and special, even though attendance consisted of us, my parents and 3 friends standing in as Godparents. It was something fun for me to get excited about so I chose a color theme I was into, turquoise and tangerine, and turned to Pinterest for some inspiration.
Then the baptism was totally tossed on the back burner… I started back at work part time, I baked cupcakes for a wedding, I had to figure out some summer camp drama and all of the sudden I realize the baptism is in 3 days!
I only purchased a couple things and the rest consisted of random items I already had, can we say clearance section addict??
The table runner was a impulse buy from Plum District last year, this was the first time I used it! The blue tray was left over from last year’s youth conference and the apothecary jar was a clearance find at Marshall’s. The candle holder was also a clearance find, I’m slightly obsessed with all things turquoise blue. The cake stand I got a long time ago and use it ALL. THE. TIME. Same with the long white rectangle plate and the orange bucket was part of a party favor from a birthday party. I only spent a couple bucks on the orange frames and napkins from Ikea and the orange plates from Target.
Thank goodness my parents were bringing the majority of the food, I baked and decorated cupcakes and quickly threw together the dessert table the day before the baptism. Lil the Diva made the Oreo pops which were a BIG hit!
I’ve never really done a backdrop for a food/dessert table before but I am continually inspired by my crazy awesome party planning friends so I made an attempt, given more time I would have tried to cover up the tension rod but I kind of just gave up… ha ha!
I used some repurposed ribbon and some wooden frames I had gotten on sale at Michael’s and hung them behind the table with some photos of the boys.
Once I had it all hanging I knew it needed something but I didn’t have time to come up with much. I printed off letters to spell “Sweet Blessings” and cut them out with my circle punch to create the little banner. My cats had a different idea for ribbon dangling from the rod…
It was a very nice little party and my boys got their horns cut off- oooo that saying doesn’t translate well- it sounds so much better in Spanish!
But I guess I can now literally say I’m “blessed”