First Communion Party Guide

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The party guide helps plan a themed First Communion event with ideas, tips in the food departments, creative crafts, and clever conversation chats, menus, recipes, cookies, cakes and food labels. Free printable games, puzzles, place name cards and coloring pages.

A First Communion music list is sometimes hard to assemble but the below song list selection will get your mind cranking on the right way to go. As one of the most important party supplies on your list, the playlist for a First Communion should be assembled carefully.

We Come to You – C. Alexander Peloquin
I Want to Walk as a Child of Light – Kathleen Thomerson
Taste and See – James Moore
Eat This Bread – Jacques Berthier
Song of the Body of Christ – David Haas
Take the Bread, Children – Carl Schalk
Come to the Feast – Marty Haugen
Music for the First Communion – Lee Gwozdz

The above are religious songs, however, there are some other songs that would be fun to have to get the kids moving such as the Chicken Dance and the Cha Cha Slide. Fun and energetic songs will be a great way to get the kids having fun together.

In addition to the First Communion themed songs, there can also be contemporary childrens songs such as those related to their favorite characters on Sesame Street or other favorite television show. By having songs the children can identify with, it will make the First Communion event that much more memorable. Taking the time to thoroughly plan for a wide range of events will bring life and excitement with laughter to brighten the day. Color can set a mood, so choose the primary colors for an event with that in mind. Formal events require more planning for invitations, locations, photography, flowers and more, so they should be done well in advance of the actual day.

Homemade party supplies such as gift cards, gift baskets and place cards are a great way to celebrate a child’s First Communion. A child's First Communion is a very important time for most families. Therefore, having a variety of homemade party supplies such as handmade banners, streamers and other party goods available is important. Preparing a guest list and creating homemade First Communion place cards should take precedent over other activities, but this small homemade touch will be well received by most of your guests. A First Communion can be an exciting time for a family and having place cards for your guests will make it more special. Preparing and placing homemade place cards on the table for your First Communion guests will create a warm feeling among family and friends. Handmade place cards is a simple touch, but will make guests feel very welcomed at the child’s First Communion.

Before making homemade place cards and other party supplies for the First Communion, create your guest list. Then, decide how each individual place card for the First Communion will be designed. Decorating the place cards can be quite simple with just a name and small design. Regardless of the handmade party supplies that are used, most people find the First Communion of a child very special.

First Communion cakes are a one of a kind opportunity to showcase a child’s relationship with religion. Simplicity is usually the best way to create a first communion cake. Other party supplies and decorations should follow suit.

Create a smooth two tier cake that is circular in shape. Ice it with a thin layer of white icing and then cover it with fondant. The key to this cake is fondant because it gives it a smooth finish.

Where the layers connect, add in silver edible spheres. Be sure to place them right next to each other so there is no space in between them. Once the connected layer is done, be sure to line the bottom as well. This is time consuming but very much worth the effort.

On the top layer, pipe the circumference of the cake. When finished, add some edible glitter or dust to the top piped icing. This will give it a shimmer look like the silver balls but it will be a different addition and look to the cake. This will set up for the highlight of the cake; the cake topper.

Place an edible or non-edible cross at the very top of the cake for a cake topper. You can also personalize the cake by having the child’s name somewhere on the cake.

When parents get home after that first Communion its traditional to throw a small party for the child. Since the Communion occurs at an age when the child is still fairly young its best to have something of a dual party with elements for the adults and for the kids. There are plenty of kids party ideas that can work to entertain the adult friends and family who come over after the Communion to offer congratulations.

The first Communion services can occur at any time but they usually are fit into the morning hours during or after the church services. This means that the Communion will be ending just in time to have a brunch party. A brunch buffet filled with lots of fruit, eggs, bacon and other goodies will satisfy the empty stomachs of your adult guests. Kids will also love these breakfast treats. You can add a fun kid’s theme to the party with themed plates, napkins, cups, tablecloths and other kinds of decorations.

Sesame Street is a very educational television show and there are plenty of party supplies available this show as a theme for your communion party. For younger kids a party with the theme of Dora the Explorer is a great choice. If you want a theme geared more towards boys how about a Bob the Builder set of party supplies or a series of construction themed party supplies.

Kids and adults both love to get party favors and some great party favors for a first Communion party can also be divided into gifts for adults and for kids. If you choose to throw a Bob the Builder themed brunch try giving the kids small building block kits or hard hats and plastic shovels. The adults can get white candles with candle holders or small religious themed placeholders or bookmarks.

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First Communion History, Facts and Educational Resources

Add an educational twist to any birthday party, holiday celebration, or theme party.  Share the history of the First Communion theme to the guests.  Play some free printable educational party games.  Shhh don't tell the kids that they are learning!

At a young age a child of Catholic faith is indoctrinated fully into the church; this meaningful rite of passage is known as First Communion.

The ritual of First Communion has remained pretty much unchanged through the years. Children dressed in ivory clothing (with particularly elegant dresses and veils for girls) receive the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist for the first time, accepting a Communion wafer from the hand of a priest. This ritual generally is followed by a lavish party at the home of the child, who likely would be about the age of 7.

Despite the formality and uniformity of this rite, the celebration that surrounds it tends to vary slightly. Through the years other churches—such as some of the Anglican and Lutheran faiths—have adapted First Communions as part of their symbolic rituals. And instead of the traditional formal white garb, children in different countries wear robes, school uniforms, or even kilts.

Today’s First Communion parties might be livelier than their predecessors, featuring modern (though still tasteful) music and more varied gifts. Today’s child might be just as likely to receive a CD of spiritual music or a DVD of a religious movie as a hand bound Bible, for example, and may receive a porcelain Communion figurine (depicting a child in white dress) as opposed to a wooden statue of a religious figure.

Although the celebrations and traditions that surround First Communion shift over time, the meaning of this ancient religious rite remains steady and true. Plan a First Communion Party today! Formal events require more planning for invitations, locations, photography, flowers and more, so they should be done well in advance of the actual day. Dinners where everyone wears white and even the food is some variation of white are a different and unique way to celebrate. Formal events require more planning for invitations, locations, photography, flowers and more, so they should be done well in advance of the actual day. The history of First Communion has different interpretations by each person, so use your own judgement. Share these facts with friends at a celebration.
The Party Supplies Hut has more free elementary educational teacher resources for First Communion to use in the classroom for active learning to create lesson plans with trivia questions, games and fun activities.

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