18 April 2014
A baby’s Christening is a very special occasion, and parents will often like to celebrate the occasion by hosting a Christening party to commemorate the day. However, Christening parties are unlike regular birthday or Christmas parties because you only ever have one in your life, not one each year!
Normally, it is quite acceptable to decorate your party table with disposable table cloths and paper napkins, and these days you can choose a wide range of beautifully designed themed tableware suitable for all tastes. But for something as special as a Christening party, you really want to make it a memorable day with fine touches.
One easy but effective way to make your Christening party stand out is to use fabric in place of paper and plastic table decorations. There is such an amazing selection of fabrics to choose from, it can sometimes be a little overwhelming. But don’t worry - the results will be well worth the little extra effort.
As you browse different fabric samples, you may find yourself drawn to specific colours that are bright and eye-catching. However, keep in mind that you are choosing for a Christening party, so try to think what will look pretty on the table but will also have an appeal for everyone attending your party.
You may find yourself in such a quandary that you cannot choose just one design. If this does happen, then why not go with the flow! If you want to decorate your table with some pretty floral fabric napkins for example, then why not choose two or three different floral patterns and then mix and match them around the table.
One lovely idea that you can do to unify the napkins is to roll them up and tie a string of mini pom-poms around the centre. This adds a lovely soft touch, and will delight any children you have sitting at the table.
Mini pom-poms can be picked up quite inexpensively from craft shops or online, and you simply use a length of nylon thread or fishing line on a darning needle to thread a few pom-poms together. You can choose to have one coloured pom-poms, white for example is a traditional colour for a Christening, or go for something a little more colourful by using multi-coloured pom-poms chosen at random.
If you are short of time, then you can substitute the pom-pom strings for a simple, sleek satin ribbon that you can tie up each napkin with, and form into a bow.
Choosing the type of fabric to make your napkins with is also a consideration. You will want to choose something soft enough for people to be comfortable using when wiping their mouth or hands. The fibre content of the fabric will also determine how easy it will be to care for the napkins so you can keep them for future use. Fabric that will be easy to stain and hard to wash will mean a short life for your napkins.
If you would prefer to choose natural fibre napkins over synthetic ones, then you should go with cotton, linen, silk, or even fine spun wool.
Choosing man-made fibre for your napkins will give you something that will stand the test of time if your plan is to re-use your napkins regularly after the Christening party. You can choose acrylic, nylon, polyester, or a mix of cotton and polyester for the best of both worlds.
Cotton is a great choice because it is a natural fibre, and it known for its comfort and fine appearance, and with the right care will last for a very long time. The one consideration that you have to take into mind is that cotton does shrink in hot water, so for your sewing project, make sure you buy close-weave cotton as it tends to shrink less than looser weaved cotton.
Cotton polyester blends will wrinkle less than pure cotton, so if you want your napkins crumple-free, then this blend will be the way to go.
If you really want to make your napkins stand out and be really individual, then a lovely idea is to go with plain white cotton fabric, cut and sew into large squares to make your napkins, then use gold fabric paint with a cherub stencil to hand-decorate your napkins with. Using fabric paint will mean the design is there for good, and it will serve as a reminder of your baby’s special day for years to come.
For something more long-term, you could stencil the first letter of your baby’s name onto your napkins. This way you could use them for future dinner parties without any obvious baby references on there, but still have a subtle little reminder of the day.
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