Monday, May 9, 2011

First Communion Decorations and Favors

I searched "high and low" on the Internet for decoration and favor ideas for my daughter's First Communion.  Unfortunately, there isn't much out there!  I didn't want to go overboard, just add some little touches to make the day extra special for her, since this is the first time we have thrown a party for her. It is also her first party with her grandparents and godparents, since they live out of state and can't be here for her birthday or other special occasions.

First, for the color scheme:  I thought I could pick up a color scheme from the paper accessories. I knew that party stores often carry paper plates and cups printed with first communion themes.  However, I wasn't thrilled with the printed paper supplies at my local party store.  They were mostly white with silver crosses and gold chalices.  Those images didn't seem to reflect the joy of this special day, at least to me.  I decided to borrow two colors from the image on my daughter's first communion cake. (It is an image of a little girl standing in front of a stained glass window; you can see a photo of it here).  My daughter's favorite color is pink, so I borrowed pink and yellow from the cake image.

I didn't plan on doing favors, but my daughter saw bags of Jordan almonds at the party store several weeks ago and asked if we could try them sometime. So I purchased a couple of bags and pulled out all the white, pink and yellow almonds. She helped me pour them in little pink bags. We added a tag that said "Maria's First Communion" with the date of the big event.  (The tags duplicate the image found on her cake.)

I also made stickers of the image on the cake and attached them to plain pink and yellow paper cups.  I made yellow and pink paper napkin rings with the image on it, too.

We ate buffet style outside, so the tables were decorated with pink or yellow table cloths.  Of course, there were pink and yellow plastic spoons, forks and knives.

I wanted to add just a couple of small decorations inside near the buffet serving table.  Inspired by Lacey's "Alleluia" banner on her Catholic Icing blog, I created a paper banner that said "Happy First Communion."  It was very easy to do, yet the results looked elegant!  Simply print out the letters from the Martha Stewart website and cut them out.  I printed them on yellow card stock paper and then glued each letter to a larger circle of pink cardstock paper.  I punched two holes in each letter and then strung them to a length of narrow pink ribbon.  Here is the finished result:

I also made a little banner (with the image from my daughter's cake) to hang on our piano, which is also in the dining room where we served the buffet food:

I think any of these concepts could be adapted for any child's First Communion.  Basically, if you can obtain a .jpeg image of your cake top, you can use it to create stickers, banners, favor bags a variety of other party accessories.  If your cake decorator or party store can't provide a .jpeg image, you could take a photo of the finished cake and use that to embellish your decorations.

Another idea:  if you are taking photos of your First Communicant several days before the big day, you could pick out one of those photos and print it on sticker paper to make decorations, napkin rings, embellish paper products, etc. 

Just another alternative to the silver and gold cross and chalice themes usually found on pre-printed party supplies!

I'm sharing this idea on Lacey's First Friday Link-up.  Looking for more ways to celebrate First Communion or the Month of Mary?  Check out this link:

First Friday Link Up


  1. My second son will recieve First Communion next year and I love your ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Congratulations to your daughter and her special day! Thank you for sharing your beautiful ideas. I am slowly getting some of our posts up after my daughter's this weekend. God Bless!

  3. Hi Cheryl, your First Communion decorations are adorable! I love that banner! I hope your daughter had a blessed First Holy Communion!

  4. Cheryl, waht great homemade decorations. I love your banner. thanks for sharing.