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Dear Mommy Lace – On Baptism Party Programs


Dear Mommy Lace,

I happened by your blog post regarding your son Ashton’s baptism as I was searching for baptism reception program ideas on the internet. I was hoping if you could please supply us with an outline of the reception program you had. My best friend is preparing for her daughter’s baptism on November 6th and she’s asking me to help her with the program. We are both used to the usual reception where eating, picture taking and chatting are all that’s taking place. She has been to some baptisms lately and she was surprised at how innovative and fun they were. I was hoping if you could also suggest some games that we could have the guests play at the reception. – Ayesha

Hi! Ayesha,

The baptism program I had was very impromptu but here are a few tips to make your baptism party fun without so much hassle:

1. Get volunteers – I asked for my friend Sai to host the party after the baptism ceremonies. That way, my host knew most of the guests which were also our friends and easily threw in adlibs and greetings.

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Our host, Sai with contestants on the Q&A game – Ronald Guanzon, Mike Abundo, and Vic Yap

2. Get some performers – I know there are lots of singers amidst our family and friends. Ashton’s godparent, Jori sang for us three songs during the program. It was the best idea for me because having someone sing entertains the guests and sets the mood of the party. Jori sang Josh Groban songs and I will be here by Gary V.

3. Sounds are everything – for a program to be successful, you need a good sounds system. You can either use your own components/karaoke at home but if you are holding the party at a different venue, Media Monsters offer packages as low as Php 2,500 for a simple sounds system. This is the package I got and their service was great and very helpful. You can email them a list of songs you want or even songs that would be performed during the event. They will download the minus-one’s for you and load it automatically to their machines. Visit them at http://mediamonsters.multiply.com/, they are the best buy out there.

4. Games – bring me is the simplest yet most enjoyable game you can have during the party. Ask guests to bring to the front baby pictures or simple items that are readily available. Do not give tasks that are too hard, make it easy for your guests to win.

- I also had Q&A games where we asked questions like the exact birthdate of our son. Have a list of guests that you think are game and would quickly rise to the occasion :)

- If you have time, maybe you can put stickers under the chairs of your guests and whoever has the lucky sticker, say your baby’s face printed on it, will win something special.

5. Blessings and awarding of tokens - I asked Sai to call upon the godparents to give their message to Ashton, this is done in between games. Award your special tokens to the godparents after each message.

That’s my simple program! Depending on the preparation time, you can do more and be more creative. For the prizes, one of our friends, Jonel, sponsored some of them and awarded the early birds :)

Again I would like to thank Josiah’s Catering and Lancaster Hotel for making everything possible. If not for them, I won’t have time to create a simple program for Ashton’s baptism.

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  • jaleth reyes

    need a script on how to be a good host. im pressured -_-

  • Noelsinogba

    how did you start the program? you know in making a script the hardest thing is how to start it pls. help me...

  • Hi! Noel,

    We started the program with a song by one of Ashton's godparents :)
    Make the program short, easy, and interactive.

    Yours,

    Mommy Lace

  • Ayesha

    thank you so much for taking the time to write this post mommy lace! we really appreciate it! the godparent tokens you had were simply great,having the baby's hand prints with the message is just heart warming. we will surely incorporate the games you suggested. i was being asked to render a song or two but since i already sang at their wedding, i decided to forgo singing this time around.. hehe.. but we are going to ask one of their young nieces to sing instead. we are having a ladybug theme by the way, which is so cute don't you think? =) we are all excited and hopefully it will turn out to be successful and memorable. thanks so much again and more power!

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Mommy Lace is a happy full-time & breastfeeding mom to little boy Ashton. A Marketing Management graduate from the De LaSalle University working on Internet Marketing projects at home, in between diaper changes.


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