Oh what to do ….. this was a question I pondered for quite some time. A Christening was not on the cards due to a lack of religious belief, but a Naming Day … well what was it and would it be suitable?
Naming ceremonies are secular (non-religious) ceremonies, yet their origin is from the Catholic faith which celebrate the day of the year associated with the Patron Saint of your name. I remember from my time in Spain that traditionally your name day was more important than your birthday. .Nowadays naming ceremonies can be organised like civil weddings, with a number of venues nationwide able to hold a naming ceremony and The British Humanist Association (BHA) can arrange a special ceremony to welcome your child. But that all seemed a little over the top when in essence all I wanted was the chance to celebrate the safe arrival of Baby G and ask 3 special people to be “godparents” to her.
So after a little look on the internet in parenting forums I found that many people decided to host a party at home and then speak a few words or read a poem to express their thoughts on their new addition to the family. Perfect I thought …. just what I wanted!
So we invited close family and friends round for a small and intimate party which actually coincided with Baby G’s six month birthday, not that she’ll be getting two birthday parties every year you understand! Though she did get spoilt rotten by those who came and clearly loved her new toy!
I opted for a cold buffet so we could enjoy the party rather than spend time serving food. It featured all the usual suspects – ham boiled in the Hairy Bikers style, home smoked salmon (more of this on another post!), homemade quiche and scotch eggs courtesy of the in-laws, pizzas from my sis-in-law, salad and bread rolls and a cheese board featuring a range of English cheeses.
The pièce de résistance was a cake I had specially made by Nouskie Noo’s. They are a local funky cake company who make occasions cakes specific to your requirements. I wanted the cake to feature Baby G’s name, birth date and asked for the design to feature the Zeddy and Parsnip characters from the nursery range we have from Mama’s and Papa’s.
The cake was a rich chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream, but you can opt for all kinds of combinations. Vanilla, Lemon, Carrot, Coffee, Fruit cakes plus many more, with all kinds of buttercream – chocolate, caramel, or maple syrup to name a few.
It was a lovely memorable day with many special moments and one that we will always remember. I’m so glad I chose to celebrate it in this particular way and spend time with close family and friends. Surprisingly Baby G even managed to last the whole party in one outfit – so she obviously approved too!