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Christening Checklist – A Week by Week Plan

A Simple Christening Checklist to ensure you have everything ready for you little ones special day.

Are you organizing a christening party for your little one? There’s a lot that goes into planning and throwing a memorable christening party. That’s why it is crucial to have a checklist handy to make sure that everything goes smoothly.

The trick is to plan ahead and work your way down the timeline. The christening checklist below is poised to help you plan a special day that your little angel and guests will enjoy.

6 – 8 Weeks Before

  • Venue and Date: have a sit-down as a family, and choose the perfect venue (most notably a church), time, and date for your little one’s christening. You might also want to keep in mind important guest when deciding on the date.
  • Decide on who should be your child’s guide parents, godparent or special friends. Speak with them before choosing the date.
  • Celebrant: approach your local church’s vicar, priest, pastor, etc. The last thing you want is to book christening when the church isn’t available.
  • Christening Party: if you are going to hold a christening after-party for your child, be sure to find and book the venue as early as 8 months before the big day.
  • Hire caterers and photographers, if your budget allows for them.
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4 – 6 Weeks Before

  • Guest List: draft the guest list, design the invitation, and send them out with RSVP info
  • Christening Cake: no christening party is fun without a cake. Order this early to avoid last-minute mishaps.
  • Menu: work with the caterers to come up with a menu that takes care of every guest’s dietary restrictions.
  • Christening Gown: start shopping early to find the picture-perfect outfit for your little one.
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2 – 4 Weeks Before

  • Go through the RSVPs, finalize the guest list, and pass on the final figure to the caterers
  • Check with the vicar, priest or past for final arrangements, as well as retouch base with godparents, photographers, and other party suppliers.
  • Travel Plans: make sure that you know how you will get to the venue, and confirm your itinerary with other stakeholders (celebrant, caterers, etc).
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One Week Before

  • Make sure that your outfit is spick and span
  • Ensure that your child’s christening outfit, gown or dress has arrived and that it fits comfortably.
  • See to it that all required paperwork and docs for the christening are in order
  • Have your family camera handy, fully charged, and ready for the big day
  • Pick the christening cake and keep it safe (refrigerated)
  • If you are catering the christening party yourself, make sure that you have all the foods and drinks taken care of.
  • Confirm once again the menu, date, and times with the caterers.
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Christmas Day Checklist

With winter knocking on the door and Halloween out of the way, Christmas seems to be the next big day to be excited about. So get those fairy lights out and wait for it to be socially acceptable to start watching Christmas movies. While you’re waiting, you can stock up on all the Christmas essentials you could possibly need, and yes, there is a checklist.

8 weeks to go:

Yes, it might not be socially acceptable to start preparing this early but this head-start will save a lot of unwanted stress later. Besides, no one has to know.
Make a rough list of gifts.
Make a rough list of food ingredients.
Decide the venue among your family.
Buy plane/ train tickets, if applicable.

7 weeks to go:

Now you can start with the actual preparation. Start shopping now to beat the crowds and get all the good stuff before it goes out of stock. If you have to order something online, you want to give it plenty of time to arrive.
Start buying/ ordering gifts.
Buy wrapping paper.
Buy Christmas cards.
Make arrangements for the guests you are hosting, if any.
Start baking items that can be stored in the refrigerator.

5 to 6 weeks to go

Now is the time to mentally start preparing for Christmas. Play Christmas- movies in the background as you proceed with the chores to get you in the mood.
Make a budget now that pretty much everything is finalized.
Try to finish shopping for gifts, now that Thanksgiving is over and Black Friday deals are out in the open. Yes, you might get pushed or trampled but isn’t it worth it?
Start writing Christmas cards.
Start wrapping presents, to prevent untimely panic later.

4 weeks to go:

Now you can strengthen the spirit even more by playing Christmas songs in the background and finalize and schedule everything leading up to Christmas day. Yes, even the wine you will be serving your guests or taking to your grandmother’s place.
Dig out old Christmas decorations and check to see if they are still working.
Decide your theme ( traditional/ colour coded)
Buy new decorations, if needed.
If hosting guests dig out plates, glasses, dishes, platters, etc. Buy more if needed.
Schedule baking date.
Address Christmas cards.

3 weeks to go:

Yes, NOW you can buy a Christmas tree before all the good ones are taken and you are left with all the leftover dried up ones.
Buy a Christmas tree.
Decorate the house.
Make a detailed grocery list and research where you can get the best deals.
Order the meat for your main dish. (turkey/ ham)
Mail any leftover cards. People don’t mind getting them a few days after Christmas.
Finalise the menu.

2 weeks to go:

Try to wrap up everything (literally and figuratively), to avoid stress in the final week.
Stock up on non-perishables; canned food and drinks.
Mail gifts to faraway relatives/ friends.
Fill your gas bottles if you are planning to have a barbeque.
Choose your outfit for the big day.

3 to 7 days to go:

Now is the time to relax a little, if you have been religiously following this checklist so far. This is the calm before the storm.
Clean out fridge.
Clean the whole house.
Sweep pine needles from below your beloved Christmas tree.
Send any last post.
Stock up on Christmas movies, songs and snacks. (Don’t forget crackers!)

2 days to go:

Brace yourself because this day will be a long and tiring one. Hopefully only physically, if you have everything planned down to the last minute. So running around the whole day shopping should not be a problem if you have a list which contains everything from cranberry sauce to vegetable oil.
Shop for food ingredients.
Shop for fresh flowers.
Finish last minute wrapping.

1 day to go:

This day will be spent at home mostly preparing food and relaxing.
Cook and bake everything. Do not leave anything for the next day unless you absolutely have to.
Stick labels on the food platters as this will make it much easier the next day and other people can also help you.
Recharge video cameras/ batteries.
Set the table.
Relax with your family.
Have a good night’s rest.

Merry Christmas!

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5 Thrifty gift ideas to make your partner feel extra special

Gifts on a budget

Do you want to buy your partner something extraordinary but you are on a budget?

You may be feeling tremendous pressure because your anniversary is approaching or their birthday is coming up and you don’t have spare cash on you to buy them a present.

Or you may be worried because you feel if you give them a cheaper gift they may not be happy with it, and the last thing you want to do is disappoint them.

Well, if that’s your case, you don’t need to worry anymore because we have got you covered.

Bonus tip

Let you in on a secret. It doesn’t matter if you give them a thousand dollar champagne or $300 watch, if the gift isn’t well thought; it may fail to make the mark and your significant other or may end up making them feeling disappointed.
Your gift should be one that is able to reflect your love. It should show that you care and pay attention to them. And fortunately, to show your love and to prove that you cherish them you don’t need to have a big bank balance. You can do that quite easily because we have collected ideas for thrifty romantic gifts that are on a budget and will definitely impress your partner and make them feel special.

Janolia Heart Shape Chocolate Mould

Chocolate Hearts

If your partner is health conscious you can make your own healthy chocolate at home for them. The great thing about this particular recipe is that it’s so easy that even if you are a total disaster in the kitchen you’ll somehow manage to whip up these little delicious treats.

You will earn Brownie points with your partner for doing something for them that is totally out of your comfort zone.
This recipe is only three ingredients and it only takes ten minutes tops to make these dainty hearts.

Simply combine a cup of melted coconut oil with a cup of coco powder. Mix them together and then add about two tablespoons of maple syrup and a dash of vanilla. Spoon the mixture into Heart shaped moulds and then refrigerates for at least an hour.
Note: maple syrup quantity can be adjusted according to your taste.
If you don’t have heart shaped moulds you could use other shapes or just cut the chocolate in blocks once the mixture is set.

Here is another easy and delicious recipe from The Girl on Bloor.

Scrub duo

This is perfect for your partner if heshe is skincare junkie. Even better if they are into natural and toxin free beauty products.

This scrub duo includes a lip scrub and a body scrub. The lip scrub is a personal favorite if mine because it frees your lips of the dead skin while adding a flush of color.

For the lip scrub, add two table spoons of caster sugar, half a tablespoon of coconut oil, and one tablespoon of Vaseline and a dash of red food color. Mix all the ingredients well together with a small spoon or stick and empty the mixture into a small jar.

For the body scrub use five tablespoons of ground coffee beans and just enough honey so you can get the consistency of the scrub you require. Add a few drops of your partner’s essential oils and your body scrub is ready.

Argon Preserving Glass Storage Jars – 500ml – Pack of 6

Love coupons

Making your partner love coupons is a unique idea. To make your own live coupons cut chart paper into medium sized hearts with each heart identical in measurement. You can cut as many hearts as you require for your coupons. Punch two holes on the side of the heart and tie them with a cute ribbon. On each heart write something that your partner can redeem when they want to. A few examples are ‘Breakfast in Bed ‘ , ‘No chores for 12 hours’ and ‘foot massage’.
Don’t be shy to get creative with the coupons and you will be bound to make a bunch of good memories.

Tiny Love Cards

Create a mix tape

While mix tapes go back to the 90’s and were the greatest thing you could ever receive for a gift, but these things have gone out of trend and long forgotten. But in my opinion, nothing is a better gift than a mix tape because this is a kind of gift if made thoughtfully can speak volumes about what the partner feels about you. You can express your feelings through this and indirectly say the sappiest things that you would never dream to say in real life.

Plan a spa night

Everybody loves to be pampered to get away from the daily stressors of life and you simply can’t go wrong with this fool proof idea.
To create your room into a spa you will need to dim the lightning and set up candles, preferably scented. The candles will create a warm lovely glow in the room which will get your partner relaxed. You could also play soft music in the background.

Give your partner a full body massage with warmed coconut oil which is added with a few drops of lavender oil. This will provide a soothing feeling. Finish the ritual with a DIY face mask.
This idea will guaranteed make your partners limbs loose like jelly and you may just get a request for a repeat performance.

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The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Tea Party Invitations – Free Printable

With the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee only a couple of weeks away I thought I’d share with you some invitations I have made for a tea party we are having to celebrate the Jubilee.
We enjoyed planning and creating the Mad Hatters Tea Party so much we decided to find another excuse to have another party.
I’ve also included 2 free printable invites for anyone to use, one is blank and the second can be adapted to fit your own date time and venue.
I decorated a plain white envelope with the free jubilee printable you can find on the craft beautiful website
I will keep you posted with everything we do but for now here are the invites…free printable diamond jubilee tea party invitesfree printable diamond jubilee tea party invitesfree printable diamond jubilee tea party invitesfree printable diamond jubilee tea party invitesfree printable diamond jubilee tea party invitesfree printable diamond jubilee tea party invites

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Paper Clip Bookmark – Free Printable

paperclip bookmarksI discovered these Free Luxury Best of British Papers in my Craft Beautiful magazine a few weeks ago and decided today I would make something with them!

I’m forever using post it notes as bookmarks so I thought I’d create something a bit more fun! I downloaded the free printable and created the bookmarks in Photoshop but they could also be made by simply printing the papers and then cutting and sticking them together??

I cut a slit in the middle of the design and simply pushed a paper clip through.

If anybody fancies making some bookmarks or needs any free papers check out Craft Beautiful’s archive, they have a nice collection.
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handmade paper clip bookmarks

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Handmade Crochet Pencil Pot Cover

I’ve just made this crochet pencil pot cover. I’m not the best crocheter in the world, but I made it by creating a circle motif the same width as a baked bean tin. Then crocheted a rectangle wide enough to fit around the diameter of a baked beans tin and finished with shell edging. I stitched them together and hey presto……….handmade crochet pencil pot

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Handmade Lantern made from a Glass Jar….

handmade lantern made from glass jarsIt’s been a while since my last post but I’ve been busy making these cute handmade lanterns. Made from glass jars, spray paint and garden string they are really easy and inexpensive to make. With summer not to far away I think these would look great scattered around the garden with tea lights…..what do you think???
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Happy Mother’s day!!!

Just a quick post to say Happy Mother’s Day and also to share with you my DIY vase. Recycled from an old tin can, brown paper and garden string I made this container for my Mother’s Day flowers. I also attached one of handmade string hearts for my mum to keep…… and this is what it looked like.
Happy Mothers Day!!!
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