This weekend is Henry’s Peter Rabbit themed christening, so yesterday I was sorting out the last minute preparations – the food, the decorations and the outfits! With Alfie’s christening, I stressed myself out trying to make loads of things and wanting it to be absolutely perfect. Whilst we had a nice day, Alfie was unwell so cried the whole time and I didn’t get any photos of all my hard work. So, this time, I’ve toned it down, stepped back and tried to create something nice, on a budget, and with minimal effort! We have little time to set up before the service, but hopefully I’ll manag to create something simple yet beautiful.
We were lucky enough to be sent outfits for Henry and Alfie from Roco Clothing. They are absolutely beautiful and I can’t wait to see the children dressed up on the day.
I’ve also bought Henry the cutest dribble bib to hopefully keep his outfit dry before the service!
I also had a nightmare with my outfit – but that’s more me being fussy! Obviously I need something I can feed in, and I wanted something discreet so would have preferred an actual nursing dress. However, I also wanted navy or burgundy to match the boys, something floaty to cover my mum tum and something long. I managed to find something long and navy, but it was also tight and not discreet for feeding! I loved it but I then lost weight and it didn’t look right so I spent yesterday trying to find something else! I had an idea for another outfit in my head but had no luck finding it so I’m having to go with the original. Fingers crossed it looks ok! I also just had my hair cut and am treating myself to getting my nails done.
As a mum of two, I have no time or interest in catering for a party myself. I do however, love that Morrisons do great party food! We usually order from Sainsbury’s but we switched it up this time. For Alfie’s christening we did afternoon tea which I loved, but it was a lot of work. This is much easier and hopefully just as tasty. I’ve ordered the usual party buffet – sandwiches, quiche, sausage rolls, cheese, fruit, cookies, crisps and of course, party rings!
We’ve decided not provide alcohol – purely because it’s expensive – but as the party is in the church hall, people are able to bring their own which is cheaper than if we’d hired a pub and they had to buy their own drinks. We will provide soft drinks, juice for the kids and tea and coffee.
Originally I was going to buy Peter Rabbit themed plates, napkins etc but they are so much more expensive due to the brand, so I went for plain blue plates with orange napkins and blue tablecloths. I bought silver cutlery that looks more like the real thing. They are plastic but because they are good quality, I will wash them up and reuse them.
So, whilst I may have said I’m not going mad on the decorations, my version of that is probably different to everyone else’s (definitely my husband’s!).
I wanted to try and create a mini Mr McGregor’s garden. I have bought a large crate and three mini planters. I plan to fill these with fresh vegetables – carrots, cabbages, tomatoes and of course, radishes! I may use the crate for height rather than filling it but we’ll see what I come up with! I also have two metal buckets which I’m going to use for the cutlery and four mini watering cans for decoration.
Other decorations include paper bunting, paper pom poms, and bunting with Henry’s name on. I’ve also got Peter Rabbit cake toppers, and I’m going to make photo garlands with Peter Rabbit stickers.
We have been gifted some beautiful Peter Rabbit items which I am going to incorporate in the christening decorations so we can show them off!
Firstly, we were sent this gorgeous Peter Rabbit plush and personalised book from In the Book. It is an absolutely stunning gift, that came in a beautiful white box with gold ribbon. The teddy is so soft and lovely, I’m not sure if I can allow Henry to play with him! He might have to be one that sits on a shelf in his nursery. For the christening, I am going to sit him in a watering can to watch over the guests!
We were also sent these lovely Peter Rabbit book ends, a gorgeous personalised christening gift from Born Gifted. They are a beautiful wooden set that depict a cute scene from the Peter Rabbit story. They are personalised with Henry’s Baptism, and the date. I want to show these off so we will also be using these on the table as decoration, before putting them pride of place in Henry’s nursery.
I’ve also created some lovely gifts for the godparents which I will share after the event so I don’t ruin the surprise!
I can’t wait for Henry’s special day now, I’m just hoping it will all go smoothly!
Disclaimer: some of these products have been gifted to me for inclusion in this post.