A First Communion is an important time in the life of any young Catholic, and it’s important to plan a communion party that they can look back on to remember it as the happy memory that it should be.

The first communion party is different to other parties children are likely to participate in within our culture, because it is a festivity with a more religious significance and theme than typical parties.

Preparing for it can be a little more work than for the average party, but getting it right will pay off considerably in terms of ensuring a memorable and happy occasion for your child’s first communion. The following tips will help you achieve this aim:

  • Plan well in advance

Neglecting to plan the party is a sure way to invite a substandard result. If you plan everything meticulously, you can avert many disasters including the dreaded budget over-run and not being able to find necessary supplies or services in time.

One of the most important things you’ll need to arrange in advance is the marquee hire. Remember, many people will be hosting communion parties around the same time, so if you wait until closer to the party to arrange it, you may miss out.

The same applies for formal communion clothing. Many suppliers may run out of items quickly, and if you don’t order early, you could be left disappointed.

Ideally, it is best to start planning at least eight weeks in advance. Invitations should be sent at least six weeks in advance, and should be RSVP so that you’ll know the head count and can plan accordingly.

Bear in mind too, that some people will receive multiple invitations and they can only be in one place at a time. If your invitation is received first, it’s more likely to be the one the invitee accepts.

  • Ensure you have a sufficient marquee

In our climate, a marquee is essential, no matter what the official season happens to be. You need to choose something large enough for adequately hosting your party and, in the case of a big party, you may even need multiple marquees.

It is not only the size that matters, but also the construction of it. You want to choose something sturdy and well made so it will provide adequate shade and shelter.

  • Choose your catering sensibly

Catering can be a difficult thing to get right. You want to try to provide a good spread that has plenty of options, because food allergies and food intolerances are such a big deal these days.

You may think this is something that you’re not going to worry about, but this is a children’s party on a very special day, and you don’t want the highlight everyone remembers to be someone complaining about the lack of vegan or gluten-free foods.

Finally, it’s important to remember that a first communion is a joyful occasion and an intimate celebration of Jesus Christ. However, it’s also a time of celebration, where children and families should feel free to express their joy.