A christening or baptism are religious services in which a child is introduced to the Church. These special occasions include family and close friends and typically have a broad range of ages attending.
Invitations to baptisms or christenings should only be extended to those with close relationships or friendships with the parents.
About a month beforehand to ensure that guests have ample time to ensure their attendance.
Guests may travel a long distance to attend a christening, so information for out of towners should be included. You may want can include a list of local hotels, parking directions, and details of the nearest public transportation.
You should put together the guest list with your child. While you do not need to invite everyone in your child's class, it is important to be sensitive to those who do not get invited. You can encourage your child's friend's parents to attend a party for your child. It is acceptable to specifically encourage parents to attend on the invitation. For example, you could add, "Parents are welcome to stay and enjoy the party." Just make sure to offer them coffee and food for volunteering to help baby sit!
Two to three weeks is ample time for an informal birthday party for a child.
Mail or hand-deliver the invitations. To avoid hurt feelings, do not allow your child to distribute them in class.
If you don't want guests to feel obligated to bring gifts, it is perfectly acceptable to specify "no gifts" on the invitation.
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