Last updated on December 3rd, 2023 at 04:00 pm
A baptism is a beautiful event that brings together your closest family and friends. You want to throw a lovely reception to allow more time socializing with guests who have traveled to show support on such a special day, but cost is a factor. Never fear, Jennifer Carver is here sharing her tips for hosting a beautiful baptism reception on a budget. Don’t miss these budget-saving ideas for baptism party invitations, reception décor, and refreshments.
Tips for Hosting a Beautiful Baptism Reception on a Budget
Tips for Saving Money on Invitations
If funds are limited, consider saving money on your invitation expenses by paring down your guest list to your most intimate friends and closest family members. The truth is, those “other” people may actually feel relieved by not being invited if your relationships are not tight knit. This will significantly cut down on the number of invitations you need to print and mail.
Next, instead of paying premium price for a graphic designer or boxed invitations, try your skills at making your own. Choose your favorite photo or two of the guest of honor, and add details with a simple, free photo editing program. Based on your budget constraints you can choose whether to print the invitations or send them digitally via email.
Tips for Saving Money on the Venue
When you’re planning a christening party with limited funds, keep it simple! Consider non-traditional venues like community centers or parks, which often come with a lower price tag than dedicated event spaces. Embrace the beauty of outdoor settings if the weather permits.
Another savvy move is to keep the time of day in mind. Opt for a morning or afternoon event. Brunch or lunch receptions tend to be more budget-friendly than evening affairs, and they offer a relaxed atmosphere perfect for a joyous baptism celebration.
Don’t forget to check out local church halls or fellowship spaces—they can be both meaningful and cost-effective. Remember, it’s about the love and warmth you share, not the grandeur of the venue!
Tips for Saving Money on Decorations
While it’s perfectly acceptable to “go all out” when decorating for a religious ceremony, it’s also acceptable to keep décor to a simple elegance. Inexpensive items ordered online or picked up from dollar stores can be dressed up with spray paint, glitter and ribbon for added sophistication. Keep your eyes peeled for candles, candlesticks, photo frames, vases and basic serving ware.
While these items may seem ordinary, it’s amazing what a little elbow grease and ingenuity can do! Candlelight adds ambience and elegance. Picture frames can be filled with favorite pictures of the guest of honor or favorite religious scriptures or quotes.
Vases can be filled with inexpensive flower bouquets from your local farmer’s market or use them as balloon weights. Speaking of balloons, they are a highly effective and budget friendly way to decorate. They can be filled with helium or hung (without helium) from the ceiling to add drama and interest. You can keep them white or clear for a classic look or add a pop of color.Tips for Hosting a Beautiful Baptism Reception on a Budget | #baptism #baby Click To Tweet
Tips for Saving Money on Refreshments
The biggest tip for saving money on baptism party or reception refreshments is to keep your menu simple. The type of food you serve will partially depend on the time of day the baptism takes place.
So, as long as it’s not “meal time,” there’s no need to serve a full meal. Instead you can serve some palette-pleasing appetizers and have a dessert bar with just a few offerings.
Finger food and desserts are perfect for cutting down the amount spent on utensils too. Some popular items to consider: meatballs, veggies, fresh fruit served on skewers or toothpicks. A tray of meats, cheeses and crackers is also popular.
Mini cupcakes and brownies or dipped marshmallows arranged on trays make a lovely and inexpensive dessert bar. Perhaps simplifying your menu will allow you to splurge on a signature dessert like a custom cake.
Keep the costs down on drinks by serving a flavored punch, lemonade or fruit-infused water instead of more expensive beverages.
Coupled with your own budget savvy, these tips will help you host a beautiful baptism reception on a budget.
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