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Friday, September 26, 2014

It's Great to be 8!

My sweet little guy turned 8 this year, which is an important age in our church. 8 is the age when children can choose to be baptized and make certain promises to our Father in Heaven. If you would like to learn more about our religion and baptism you can go here
This is a special decision that each person makes and we like to support and celebrate it! To prepare our son for this decision we discussed the responsibilities and meanings of the promises we make at baptism and how this is the first of many steps in following our Savior, Jesus Christ. 
When he decided that he would like to get baptized we sent out invitations to all our close friends and family to share in this experience. Also the primary leaders from our church gave him a special towel  that he could use on his baptism day.
Here is a cute poem that explains the symbol of the towel
When guests arrived we had a table set up with programs and a special set of scriptures that they could mark and share their testimonies for him to keep.
I had the pleasure of working with Kara from Pocket Full of Pixels and her adorable designs. She created all the invitations, programs, printables, and custom signs for our celebration.
After the baptism ceremony we had a brunch for all our friends and family. When planning the brunch I wanted to carry the blue and green color scheme from the invitations and programs into the tables and set up.
I also wanted to add some sort of element to add variety and accent the color scheme as well, so I decided to use neckties for this occasion.
We got various pictures of Mason taken around one of the temples and put them on the tables for centerpieces along with some scriptures and flower vases. 
Here was one of my favorite pictures...
We let Mason pick what to eat for the brunch since this was his celebration, and he immediately decided on waffles (his favorite breakfast food). As I was searching around for different ideas I found this adorable idea and printables for an LDS themed waffle bar from Joann's Special and just had to use it!

I did a necktie napkin fold to place the forks in... I am just loving it!

We had family members bring their waffle irons and set up a large table for guests to cook their own waffles.
 Now for the fun part, the toppings!

I adjusted some of the waffle bar flavors from Joann's Special to fit the tastes of younger guests, but kept the titles because they were just too perfect!


A savory one for those who don't have a sweet tooth...

 We kept beverages simple and served bottled water, but of course had to have matching labels!



 And one with a necktie just for fun!

There was a table of treats set up as well...
just encase you didn't get enough sugar!
To style this table I used key elements from a setup in Sweet Designs by Amy Atlas but in a blue and green scheme. The preppy look with the neckties were just perfect for our event! 
number 8 donut pops
Kit Kat bar covenant reminders...
Little treat boxes filled with blue and green M&M's and tied with a little blue necktie
Loved these coordinating cupcake toppers
The most adorably delicious CTR cookies ever made by my neighbor, maybe one day she will start selling them online and you can all taste the deliciousness!!!
"Chews" the right gumball tubes

Event Styling and photographs: Sweeten Your Day
Dessert table inspiration: Amy Atlas
Banner, invitations, programs, signage, candy bar wrappers, tags, and cupcake toppers: Pocket Full of Pixels
Waffle bar printables: Joann's Special 

14 comments:

  1. I stumbled upon your Grinchmas post in a Google search (I teach 3rd grade in Georgia), and as I was scrolling through a picture from this posting caught my eye. I just laughed and thought, "It figures that somebody so crafty would be LDS!" I'll have to bookmark this for my son's baptism. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  2. Would love to buy the baptism program, but it seems you are vacation from esty. Please let me know if you will sell it to me another way?

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    1. Thank you for your inquiry. I do not sell the invitations or other printable items from my Etsy shop from this party, they were designed by Pocket Full of Pixels also on Etsy though. Here is a link to her shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/PocketFullofPixels

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    2. I made some just like these using pic monkey.

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  3. This waffle bar would be so perfect after my daughters early morning baptism!! I found the wonderful printables from Joann's Special but the adjustments you made to the toppings are just too perfect for a little eight year olds baptism!! Is there anyway to get a copy of your printable that you made??

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    1. Absolutely! If you want to send me your email address I can get them to you.

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    2. Would you be willing to email them to me too? :-) strongkimberly@gmail.com
      Thanks!

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    3. Will you send them to me too? :-) strongkimberly@gmail.com
      Thanks!

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  4. Your kit kat bar covenant reminder is so cute but I couldn't find that same color that you had. Is there any way you can share the same color? Also I couldn't find the printables you used for the little candies. Is there somewhere I am not looking or did you make those yourself? Your sons baptism is too adorable not to want to repeat for my son!! Thanks for your help! If you need to email me my address is: karaleabrewer@gmail.com Thanks!

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  5. I tried to find the download for the little candy wrappers and got nothing. Will you please let me know if you have those somewhere that I can down load them to? Also the kit kat didn't have the same green and blue color on the page you referenced, how did you get that color for them? Please respond to me asap: karaleabrewer@gmail.com

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  6. Jean i loved your ideas for this party. My nephew is being baptized and I was wondering how did you do this green banner on the background? Thanks

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  7. any chance your neighbor has decided to sell the CRT cookies yet?

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  8. Did I miss where the Pure & Clean water bottle labels are from?

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  9. I would like to use this for my sons baptism. I love it. I found the printables from Joann's Special but the adjustments you made to the toppings are perfect for a young baptism. Is there a way you can email me an attachment of those changes? yankeefam@yahoo.com Thanks in advance

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